ROCHELLE, Ill. – As a massive twister headed straight toward Marvin’s home and farm, his family rushed to take cover in the basement. When the storm cleared, they emerged safe and sound. And, in spite of the damaged roof, their house still stands—not all of his neighbors were so fortunate.
ROCHELLE, Ill. – An EF4 tornado reaching wind speeds of 200 mph hour left a 50 mile path of destruction, severely damaging homes, downing power lines and devastating communities.
“There are homes without roofs, brick walls collapsed, windows out, trees stripped bare of their bark and their limbs and their branches,” said Jody Gettys, OBI vice president of U.S. disaster relief and programs.
VIRGINIA – When their son Owen was born, Nathan and his wife Kimberly couldn’t have been happier and worked hard to tackle their new responsibilities as parents.
However, the young family was now living paycheck to paycheck, stretching their finances as far as they could and doing their best to cut expenses. But even then, they often found themselves going to bed hungry.
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.
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.
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 23 countries on a daily basis through core programs such as disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, clean water and community development.