Operation Blessing’s California Outreach

Gordon Robertson shares the details of a recent outreach blitz organized by CBN’s Operation Blessing to help homeless and hurting families in California.

Twenty student volunteers from the Atlanta-based Master’s Commission joined CBN’s Operation Blessing for a major outreach in California. They spent a week providing food to hurting families and the homeless. The students also helped with community children’s programs and other events designed to bless people in need. Teams worked with five Operation Blessing partner groups and served more than a thousand families in a week.

Visit Operation Blessing online to learn more about what the ministry is doing all around the world.

Blessings Come Full Circle

Gordon Robertson shares the story of Gina and Danny who lost there home during Hurricane Isaac, but still found the compassion to volunteer with Operation Blessing to help other storm victims.

“I’ve never been in a hurricane where I was actually in the conditions that I was in this time,” says Gina.

During the worst of hurricane Isaac’s flooding, Gina Hunter and her family fled to safety.  Her husband Danny stayed behind using his boat to rescue more than a dozen neighbors.

“I was getting phone calls of people trapped in their houses,” says Danny. I Knew we had to get to them you know.”

“Danny’s the kind of person that’s gonna help other people, you know, as long as he’s able to,” says Gina.

As the waters receded, Danny and Gina’s home sat in the middle of the road.

“My house floated about two hundred yards up the highway,” says Danny.

“It’s a complete loss really,” says Gina. “There’s really very few things salvageable out of it.

Their home had to be demolished.  But in the midst of their tragedy, Gina’s daughter suggested they follow her stepfather’s example.

“She said, ‘mom, we can sit here and lick our wounds and make ourselves feel worse, or we can go out and find people like ourselves and help whoever we can.’”

While Danny tried to salvage what was left of their belongings, Gina and her daughter volunteered with Operation Blessing. They put tarps on rooftops, gutted houses to prevent mold damage, and served hot meals to first responders and residents from the community.

“We was blessed to be able to help,” says Gina.

Danny and Gina have insurance, and will eventually rebuild their home.  But in the meantime, they had no place to stay.  So Operation Blessing transformed their garage into a small apartment where they can live while they rebuild.

“It just means so much,” says Danny. “It had to take a miracle for God to come and step into my life and do this.”

“We actually have a home that we can come live in and sleep in,” says Gina. “It’s priceless. You can’t put a dollar value on everything Operation Blessing has done for everyone, including myself and my family.”

 

Nigerian Medical Mission

Many of us take for granted a trip to the doctor or a routine medical check-up.  For villagers in rural Nigeria who sometimes live miles from a large town or even a paved road, this may be nearly impossible.  So CBN recently held a 5-day medical mission in 5 neighboring villages in north eastern Nigeria. A total of 3,963 villagers were treated during the medical mission. Out of this number, 12 received general surgeries. 350 of them also received free reading glasses. A woman was delivered of a set of twins by the team of Doctors in the course of the program.  During the outreach, 212 people prayed to receive Christ for the first time.

Scripture: Matthew 25: 34-40 (NKJV)

34 ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Christian TV in Niger, Africa

Gordon Robertson shares about CBN International’s latest efforts in Niger, Africa. A new television station is up and running with broadcasts of the French 700 Club  and Superbook.

On June 3rd, the first and only Christian TV station began broadcasting in Niger, Africa.  This ground-breaking project was spearheaded by CBN’s country director.  The TV station is located near the city capital city, Niamey with a population of approximately 800,000 people.  About 30% of the population own televisions that can receive the broadcast.

Currently the TV station broadcasts for 3 hours a day and features the French version of The 700 Club as well as the French version of CBN’s Superbook series.  Eventually the goal is to be on air for 24-hours a day and expand the station’s reach.  Viewers are already responding positively to CBN programming.

More on CBN International.

Romans 15: 20-21

And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation,but as it is written: “To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.”
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Preaching the Gospel in All the World

Gordon Robertson shares about a church in Budapest, Hungary that partners with CBN to dub The 700 Club into Hungarian where it has become a top rated program.

Scripture: Matthew 24:14 (NKJV) “And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Every day millions of viewers across Europe tune in to The 700 Club by satellite. In Hungary, a local church partner dubs the program into Hungarian. The latest viewer surveys out of Budapest show that, that dubbed version of The 700 Club is the top-rated program in its evening time slot beating out all of the country’s national TV channels.

Other viewers throughout Europe are responding to the program as well. In the UK, CBN’s prayer center received more than a thousand calls and 342 letters and emails.

One viewer wrote:  “Thank you Jesus, and thank you Pat for always praying for people in your broadcast.”