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Transforming faith into effective action

Operation Blessing implements exciting strategies to empower women all around the world
Bill visits a project in Guatemala that trains impoverished women how to grow nutritious vegetables to eat and sell to help provide for their children.

This month we celebrate a special day set aside to honor all mothers. It reminds me of one of my favorite Bible passages about motherhood from the book of Proverbs:

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her…” (Proverbs 31:25-28 NAS)

I will forever picture my own mother with a smile on her face, but I know that smiling wasn’t always easy for her. My father was a faithful provider and a good Christian but struggled with internal issues that made life difficult for Mom much of the time. Yet somehow, she always managed to keep smiling and bless her five children with unconditional love and words of faith, wisdom and optimism, even though she was often crying inside. My mother, like so many mothers all over the world, was courageous and suffered in silence, fiercely determined to make life better for her family.

In OBI’s efforts in impoverished countries, we see countless women struggling against generational poverty, endemic disease, cultural discrimination and abuse. God has led OBI to exciting strategies that empower women in ways that not only enrich their lives, but make it possible for them to help their families escape the bonds of suffering.

The story in May’s issue of Blessings about Daisy, a young woman in Honduras, is an inspiring example of how OBI transforms your faith into effective action. Daisy is being empowered to earn a good living and make her world a better place. The scripture above says that a mother’s children will “rise up and bless her.” Your support of OBI is helping make those words come true for mothers and daughters all over the world.

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