Around the world, families struggle to survive when oppressed and persecuted for their faith. With a global increase in the persecution of Christians, Operation Blessing’s Aid the Persecuted initiative seeks out opportunities to provide immediate relief to families who have been persecuted, and even displaced from their homes, for their faith. The program also empowers churches in nations where they are ostracized, restricted and suppressed. By using local churches as the delivery method for strategic aid, Operation Blessing empowers believers to be accepted and admired in the midst of oppressive environments.
The key areas we are currently working in:
OBI has been assisting displaced Iraqi Christians since June 2014. More than 120,000 Christians are living displaced without sufficient resources to meet their basic needs in and around the city of Erbil. OBI has been providing nutritious food, warm blankets, cooking stoves mattresses and more.
In the heart of Boko Haram territory in Northeastern Nigeria, Operation Blessing has provided food supplies, school equipment and increased security at a Christian boarding school less than 100 miles from where the 260 school girls were kidnapped in 2014. In 2015, we further expanded our support to the school through repairs to the children’s dormitories and continued feeding programs.
Operation Blessing has been supporting the local church in Eastern Myanmar (Burma) with an outreach to the Karen Christians who have been persecuted. We have built schools, provided funds for microenterprise and worked on anti-trafficking programs.
Operation Blessing teams are empowering the local church in predominantly Muslim Senegal through a program to distribute mosquito nets. This vital program not only provides protection against malaria, but strategically positions the church to be seen as beneficial and welcomed into previously hostile communities.
In this semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania that has a population of only 1 percent Christian, OBI carries out four mobile medical missions a month, in coordination with the local church. Each mission serves approximately 300 individuals of all backgrounds. In addition, OBI provides support through the donation of Gift-In-Kind medicines and medical supplies.
In Pakistan, Operation Blessing teams have been aiding marginalized Christian women, including girls who are not in school and those working as domestic servants or other menial jobs, by teaching marketable skills like sewing and cosmetology. Teams also provided aid for orphaned children of Christian martyrs and provided food and supplies for Christian families in need after their workplace was closed down.