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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs, International, International Relief, Zika Virus

Mission: The mission of Operation Blessing is to demonstrate God''s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. OBI initiates a variety of strategic national and international programs, partnerships and special projects to relieve human suffering, to provide the basic necessities of life, to educate, and to develop healthy, self-sustaining communities, families and individuals.

Programs:

BLESS-A-CHILD

All That For Kids: Five days a week, children from kindergarten to eighth grade can attend OBI's All That For Kids learning centers and be mentored in areas such as reading, math, computers, character development, theater/arts, sports, homework assistance and other enrichment activities.

Worldwide Care: Through nutritional feeding programs in Africa, educational assistance and academic scholarships in Thailand, China and India, medical care and anti-parasite treatment in Latin America, and orphan training centers in Ukraine, OBI's Bless-A-Child prgrams are working across the globe to transform the lives of thousands of impoverished children.

HUNGER RELIEF

Hunger in America: With strategically-placed warehouses in Virginia, Florida and California and a fleet of 18 trucks and 65 trailers, the Hunger Strike Force is OBI's largest domestic program, delivering an average of 2 million pounds of food and relief product each week to a vast network of partnering organizations. On average, the HSF supplements more than 75 million meals each year.

Feeding Programs: Through soup kitchens in Ukraine and Romania, lunch programs for refugee children in Sudan, nutritional feeding for HIV/AIDS-affected families in South Africa and more, OBI is helping impact the lives of thousands who would otherwise go hungry.

Food Security: OBI is providing food security for impoverished communities through the construction of food banks in Niger, garden projects and fish farms in Burkina Faso and Senegal, goat projects in Bulgaria and family farms in South Africa and Latin America.

MICROENTERPRISE: OBI is involved in a variety of micro-enterprise projects helping families living in countries including The Phillippines, Guatemala, South Africa and Senegal become financially self-sufficient.

DISASTER RELIEF

A first responder in times of disaster, OBI worked closely with organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) to deliver life-sustaining relief and supplies to victims of disasters.Provides aid to victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and man-made disasters -- including food and medical care to Darfur's refugees (2007); emergency relief to those affected by typhoons and floods in the Philippines, Mozambique, Somalia and Indonesia (2006 & 2007)as well as Hurricane Katrina (2005).

 

WELLS & CISTERNS: Operation Blessing is breaking the cycle of water-borne suffering by digging clean water wells(in countries like India, Romania, Ghana and Nigeria)and helping to provide adequate water supplies by building cisterns(China).

MEDICAL AID

International Medical Missions: From anti-parasite programs in Peru and Guatemala to medical missions in poverty-stricken regions of India, Africa and Indonesia, Operation Blessing offers free medical, dental, optical and surgical services for those who cannot access or afford such health care.

Cleft Lip & Palates: Each year, thousands of children are born with disfiguring cleft lips and palates - a deformity that can creat hearing, speech and dental problems. Working with local hospitals and government agencies in places such as China, Indonesia, the Philippines and parts of Africa, Operation Blessing has been able to sponsor thousands of free surgeries for impoverished children.

U.S. Medical & Dental: Whether by mobile dental van, weekend medical missions or OBI's medical and dental clinics serving Katrina victims in New Orleans, OBI provides thousands of free medical services each year to those who are uninsured or unable to afford health care in America.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

Based on ratings on Charity Navigator I have been a regular donor to Operation Blessing. Because of accusations raised in Mission Congo and homophobic and other ignorant statements made by
the evangelist I just discovered runs this organization I will not longer contribute.

Donor

Rating: 5

Operation Blessing is focused on helping people in need with the love of Christ. I have been a donor since 2007, and I know that every donation is able to make an impact. I am amazed at how far they are able to stretch every dollar to reach not only places as remote as mountains in Peru, but also tornado victims here in the U.S.A. Within 24-48 hours of a disaster in the US, they have tractor trailers of supplies arriving to help. At the same time, they are drilling wells all over the world to bring fresh water to people who need it. They have extremely low administrative costs, so I know every dollar I give will go to help people. They do not send me millions of mailings, so I know my donations are not going to printing lots of papers.

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1 Dan_23

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Dan Mitchell. I work at a ministry in Joplin, Missouri that hosted Operation Blessing during their relief efforts in our city. There is not a more faithful, hard working group of people on earth. They keep their word, they have compassion for humanity, they are extremely diligent, they are generous AND they were (as far as I could tell) the first relief organization from outside our city to arrive on scene. I worked among them for over 2 months and I am completely impressed and humbled.

Thank you Jody and Dan for your leadership and sacrifice. You are loved by our community. God's peace to you.

Dan Mitchell

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a church that hosted the Operation Blessing team. A tornado hit our city, Suffolk, VA in 2008. One of our members called Operation Blessing for help and they were here within 2 hours. The team's overwhelming concern for the physical and spiritual welfare of the community was evident from the moment they arrived. Jody and the team are incredibly organized and effective (they can make just about anything happen!) and throurough in their work - they never leave a job unfinished. We formed lasting relationships with the team and if, God forbid, another disaster should happen, OB will be the first phone call we make.

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Robyn Lyn F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the unexpected opportunity (thanks to a providential chance encounter at the Joplin Starbucks :-)) to work alongside CBN's Operation Blessing during three separate relief trips to Joplin, MO this past summer. After two trips I was so impressed with their staff, led by Jody Herrington-Gettys and Dan Moore, that I asked to come down for a third week just to work with them again.

I've worked in the nonprofit sector for many years - and have been involved with other US relief projects - but I can't stop talking (facebooking and twittering :-)) about the OB staff, mission and accomplishments I experienced while volunteering on both debris removal and home rebuild projects.

Although the entire staff seemed to work as one, encouraging and directing volunteers teams engaged in difficult tasks (and very hot temps), Jody's leadership taught me how to be a better leader in my "real" job. She managed her team with strength and grace, gently prodding productive activity (as we were filling the newly-restored homes with furniture mere moments before the scheduled reveals :-)), and engaged volunteers with her "have fun and be safe" philosophy. I also appreciate the attention to detail Jody gave to each of the home rebuilds, seeking to add an extra personal touch to each family's decor based on specifics needs or interests.

Whether it was a difficult debris removal project or an exciting home rebuild reveal, the OB team functioned efficiently and effectively to meet each day's goals. Decisions regarding people, finances, weather and safety were handled with care and wisdom.

I'm hoping life will offer many additional opportunities to work with Jody, Dan and the OB team, and I highly encourage support of their efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Operation Blessing from the time they arrived in Joplin Mo., my experience with the organizers and volunteers was truly a blessing to me and my family and many of my coworkers. I have lived in Joplin all of my life . Many of the people I work with were affected by the tornado and lost their homes, transportation, and possessions. When a group of hundreds of people give of their time and talents to remove debris ,rebuild homes, rebuild ballparks and replace furnishings for people who did not have means to rebuild or many devasted by lives lost "THANK YOU" isn't enough. My experience with Operation Blessing renewed my faith and the love of many christians from all over the country. God calls on people of all walks of life, some of us can give of our time, some of us of our talents and some of us of our finances God uses all of us who are willing to listen and commit to this calling. Personally I have been involved in Missionary work over the years outside of the US and to be able to help people from my hometown that I had never met, I received a great blessing the gift of giving.

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1 Bunny A.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I worked for 3 days with Operation Blessing in Joplin after the tornado. It is extreemly unorganized and waist volunteers time. They seems to be more interested in publisity and putting on a show and taking pictures than helping and caring for victums. Judy the director has a very bad attitude and ego problem that gets in the way of getting help for people. I have a hard time believing this is a Christian organization. I feel there are some shady things going on with the supplies that our church group donated. I would never donate money or time to this operation ever again.

Comments ( 1 )

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obi.media 02/03/2012

We’re deeply sorry that you had a negative experience working with our team in Joplin after the horrific tornado struck that area. We can assure you any and all supplies donated by organizations, individuals and church groups went towards helping victims of that terrible disaster. We were blessed to spend two months on the ground helping remove debris, feeding hungry families and helping restore homes. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at Rachel.Galloway@ob.org. – Rachel Galloway, Digital Media Manager, Operation Blessing International.

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