IRAQ – Torn from everything they have ever known, children living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Northern Iraq are scared and confused—unsure of what the future holds as ISIS continues to terrorize the region.
LIBERIA – David Darg, OBI’s vice president of international operations, was recently in Ebola-plagued Liberia delivering crates of medicine and supplies requested by the Lutheran Church, which operates two hospitals there. The hospitals, open since the 1920s, have already lost many patients, as well as four nurses and five ministers.
COPAN, Honduras – Born with a cleft lip and palate—a condition often accompanied by societal shame—little Estrella was abandoned by her parents before her second birthday.
KIMANA, Kenya – One impoverished community in Africa is overcoming extreme poverty thanks to 48 women, hard work and beans.
GEORGIA – A faithful volunteer at a local food distribution center, Sheila never dreamed her family would one day be on the receiving end of the help she so often provided to others.
LIBERIA – Children in Liberia orphaned by conflict, poverty and disease, or abandoned by those too impoverished to care for them, are now at risk of a killer disease—Ebola.
A compassionate woman affectionately known as “Mother Edith” offers many of these children a loving home, food and an education at Hope in Christ Orphanage. But supplies are running low and the risk of contracting Ebola remains high if they venture far past the orphanage gates.
LIBERIA – Six days ago, Ernest lost his father to the deadly Ebola virus ravaging Liberia. The next day, his mother died too.
The fifteen-year-old and his sister are now orphans, quarantined with their grandparents and cousins in their home. To keep other villagers safe, they won’t be allowed to cross their property line for 21 days. Meanwhile, they are running low on supplies and remain fearful for their own lives.
LIBERIA – The image below is a photo of a banner hanging from a fence on a busy street in Monrovia, the capital of Ebola-ravaged Liberia. With utmost respect and compassion for the people of Liberia, I submit this photo as an example of the struggle for public health awareness and the monumental challenge of stopping Ebola before it spreads further.
MISCA, Peru – Operation Blessing teams are on the ground in the village of Misca, Peru, after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake crumbled houses and left families without access to basic necessities.
“We have nothing,” said one earthquake victim. “We have been left with absolutely nothing.”
MARANAHAO, Brazil – Gabriela* (name changed to protect identity) was still a little girl when she ran away from home, escaping one form of abuse only to be caught up in another.
Struggling to survive on her own on the streets of Brazil, she accepted a job offer to work in the cocoa fields when she was just 12 years old—a job she hoped would provide her with food for her empty stomach and a safe place to sleep at night.