MALI – The photo of the mother and daughter on the cover of the April issue of Blessings was recently taken in a place called Timbuktu. Ever heard of it? I don’t like to admit it, but I had to consult a World Atlas map to find it. I used to think that Timbuktu was a mythical place that people referred to when they wanted to describe a spot as far from home as possible. Timbuktu is an-all-too-real place in the West African country of Mali. There is a crisis going on there now as Islamist guerrillas clash with NATO forces. Thousands of innocent families fled their homes to escape the fighting and are hunkering in makeshift camps. View more photos
Operation Blessing is working in the camps alongside local churches, providing displaced families with rice, beans, mosquito nets and other relief supplies. Besides vital supplies, the biggest gift we bring is pure, unconditional love—Christian compassion in action—in the form of food and relief supplies given freely, without asking anything in return.
Tony Cece from our Virginia Beach staff was in the camps helping organize relief efforts and took the cover photo of the mother and child. He captured a happy moment in the midst of a very sad situation. That’s what Operation Blessing does. We bring the light of Christ’s love into dark places. We deliver relief with a purity of intent that is understood and appreciated by those we are helping, regardless of the language they speak.
By supporting Operation Blessing, you, gentle reader, are putting smiles on the faces of mothers and children that you will never meet in this world, but God willing, you will meet them in the next.