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January 26, 2014

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January 26, 2014

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.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 3, 2012

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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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 30, 2011
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August 30, 2011
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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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Operation Blessing led hundreds of volunteers per day for months. They are an amazing ministry.

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I wish Operation Blessing was located in Joplin!

August 26, 2011

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how they jumped in immediately to help clean up our city after an F4 tornado.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them expand the team so they can bless others in need as they blessed us!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

A friend.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am much more likely to volunteer in other disasters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 22, 2011

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Disaster relief, project management, debris removal and home rebuild activities, volunteer coordination, financial decisions, marketing and media engagement.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to work with them more frequently. :-) Seriously, I was so impressed with the team, the decisions, the mission, etc. after the first two trips that I immediately started looking at when/how I could join up with them again. Now that I've had the opportunity to work with them a third time, I'm hoping for a fourth.

August 22, 2011

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working closely with organizers and volunteers in Joplin Missouri

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything the job of coordinating a large group of people is a daunting task and they were well prepared obviously they had done this before.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

truly blessed

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 8, 2011
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June 8, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The idea sounds good in theory, but in reality the follow through is not there. The videos are misleading when they have us work on Karen's 600,000 house and show a low income neighborhood in the background of the video. She had insurance and loads of money. There were so many others we met that really needed the help.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The company needs more organization and accountability. I don't believe donations are used wisely to benifit victims

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