COLUMBIA, South Carolina – High tides, strong winds and torrential rainfall has left its mark on several cities with Columbia, South Carolina, receiving 25 inches of rain in certain areas and experiencing unprecedented flooding.
As the waters begin to recede, Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief teams are on the ground in Columbia, meeting with local officials, assessing the damage and determining the greatest areas of need. The team also connected with regional church partners and local residents.
TENNESSEE – Since her husband left, Janette has struggled to provide for her four growing children. She lives with a friend to help make ends meet, but she’s been unable to find a job that also allows her to take care of her two-year-old son Ceberino.
Friends and family have chipped in to help Janette get through, but her finances have dwindled and it became harder and harder to put food on the table. It wasn’t long before her boys, Ernesto, 10, Isaac, 6, Marcus, 5, and little Ceberino, were going to bed hungry.
Having spent more than 2 years in the New Orleans area helping Katrina victims, Operation Blessing’s vice president of U.S. disaster relief & programs, Jody Gettys, returned to New Orleans to visit some of the projects OBI played a major role in ten years ago and catch up with some of those whose lives our teams touched.
I recently had the opportunity to go back to New Orleans and reconnect with some very dear people that we helped during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina who have become life-long friends and visit the some of the projects we worked on.
When I flew into the city, it looked so different! There was no longer an endless sea of “blue roofs” covering the ground. From the sky, the city looked like any other city in America, with pristine houses, yards and clear blue swimming pools, but in this city under those roofs are beautiful people who have so many stories to tell.
PENNSYLVANIA – Dustin works hard to provide for his wife Mariah and 6-month-old son Zachary, putting in long hours to make ends meet.
But even working 10-hour shifts at a local warehouse and trying to cut expenses, Dustin and Mariah still struggled to come up with enough money to pay the bills and make sure baby Zachary had everything he needed.
GEORGIA – Christie worked hard at her full-time job as manager for a family-owned restaurant, but after her divorce, it was simply not enough income to provide for her nine-year-old daughter, Marli, and 68-year-old father, Phillip, who was very ill.
Operation Blessing International (OBI) is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to demonstrating God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. One of the largest charities in America, OBI provides strategic relief in 37 countries on an ongoing basis through core programs such as disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, clean water and community development.