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Beauty for ashes

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HUAYCAN, Peru – While Maria and her family were away visiting relatives in another city, she received a phone call that changed their lives forever.

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Attacks on Christians in Pakistan

Aid for Christians attacked in Pakistan

Christians in Pakistan attacked

LAHORE, Pakistan – Suicide bombers simultaneously attacked those gathering to worship at two Christian churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday—killing more than 15 people and injuring dozens.

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A faucet for Fernando

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SUNZAPOTE, Honduras – High in the mountains of Honduras, 12-year-old Fernando and his mother would make the treacherous hike over two miles form their small village up a mountain every morning before school to reach the only water source they had.

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Young adults learn to make homemade hammocks

Hammocks help end poverty

Young adults learn to make handmade hammocks

SANTA LUCIA, El Salvador – In Santa Lucia, Operation Blessing is aiding young people lacking proper education and single mothers striving to take care of their little ones by developing vocational training for vulnerable communities — the art of handmade hammocks.

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Overcoming hardship and hunger

An Operation Blessing-supported food pantry brings hope to a struggling family facing hardship.

TENNESSEE – Shemika and her husband Earl had always had enough income to provide for their four kids, but when Earl suffered a workplace accident and couldn’t work for six months, finances became tight.

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Once believed to be a cursed child in her Maasai culture, little Lucy receives the blessing of a brand new smile.

Lucy’s smile

Once believed to be a cursed child in her Maasai culture, little Lucy receives the blessing of a brand new smile.

KENYA – When little Lucy was born to a poor family in a Maasai village, her family struggled to understand what they believed to be a curse—their little girl was born with a cleft lip and palate.

“The Maasai believe children are born with a deformity as result of a curse,” OBI staff said. “They are to be strangled to death at birth if the delivery is at home or hidden from the public. Lucy was lucky because she was born in a hospital.”

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Children caught in the crossfire

To help Ukrainian families caught in the crossfire of conflict, Operation Blessing is providing essential supplies to those currently living in bunkers and shelters

UKRAINE – Irina waited in fear for two weeks after her daughter disappeared from their city of Donetsk, Ukraine, before she heard the terrible news—her daughter had been found dead, shot multiple times. Her three young granddaughters, Laura, Diana and Veronica, were orphaned.

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Help for a veteran in need

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NORFOLK, Virginia – Ray, a retired military veteran and double amputee, and his wife Esther had seen the weather reports and knew that a winter storm was coming that would most likely trap them inside their home for several days.

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Operation Blessing works to empower women to earn a better living and enable their children to escape the clutches of poverty

Empowering women to escape the clutches of poverty

Operation Blessing works to empower women to earn a better living and enable their children to escape the clutches of poverty

In my travels I meet hard working mothers all over the world who get up every morning and make herculean efforts to make life better for their children. But in spite of all their work, they still cannot escape the pull of generational poverty. These women usually can’t afford school uniforms or tuition and are also hard pressed to afford medicine for their children when they get sick. Beleaguered moms have the energy and the will — but lack the way — to earn enough to bring their children into a life free of poverty.

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Cosmetology training helps a teenager provide a better life for her brothers and sisters

A sacrifice for her siblings

Cosmetology training helps a teenager provide a better life for her brothers and sisters

PAKISTAN – With their parents unable to care for them, Maria and her siblings live with their aunt, and at just 16 years old, Maria has taken on the burden of providing for her four younger siblings.

She had just completed the ninth grade when Maria had to leave school and take a job at a factory—hoping to earn enough to keep her brothers and sisters in school. But she earned a mere $35 a month and works long, hard hours.

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