When watching the evening news we often hear the term “boots on the ground,” usually in reference to courageous American troops sent to fight the war on terrorism. Today, I would like to talk about a different kind of war … the war on suffering. Our teams are fighting this war on many fronts, both domestic and foreign. Operation Blessing teams are your boots on the ground in the war on suffering.
The stories in the January issue of Blessings are about victories in the war on suffering, examples of how Operation Blessing helps: A seven year-old girl in Cambodia who stands up for her abused friend in the face of ridicule; two grandmothers, one in Pennsylvania and the other in Peru, both raising grandchildren because their own children have met with calamity; a Holocaust survivor overcoming her own disability but determined to help others by offering free translation services; a young African mother with a disabled husband facing the daunting task of raising four children while also being the family breadwinner.
The challenges faced in each story are quite different, but the solutions follow a common thread. In every case, an innovative solution is provided because an Operation Blessing team met the need. The stories are typical of how OBI is meeting needs and alleviating suffering — examples of how, together, we can win the war on suffering, one battle at a time.
Operation Blessing has boots on the ground in the U.S. and in 23 countries around the world. Your faithful support provides the fuel in the engine of our ingenuity and the ammunition that we use to fight and overcome the forces of suffering. If you want to do more, please consider increasing your support. I promise you that we will keep the boots on the ground where they are needed most and keep fighting to increase the number of people we help.