Hope for the Homeless: Here’s How You Help them through Operation Blessing!

Food is life.

But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of our kababayans have no idea where to get their next meal.

This is the everyday struggle of street dwellers in Manila.

Even before the pandemic, they are familiar with hunger and being exposed to health risks. However, the pandemic has made their already dire situation even worse.

One and a half year into the pandemic, homeless families are still reeling from the crisis, still with no steady source of income and food.

This is why Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, worked with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to bring much-needed relief to people living on the streets.

This week, the Operation Blessing team and the 7th Civil Relations Group – Civil Relations Service AFP and 11th Civil-Military Operation ”Kaugnayan” Battalion under the Joint Task Force NCR roamed the streets of Manila. They reached out to several street dwellers and distributed food bags and Bibles.

Since the start of the pandemic, access to food has been literally lifesaving.

The good news? We can continue to bring lifesaving aid through your help!

Partner with Operation Blessing today and together, we will spark hope to homeless families who are heavily affected by the pandemic.

You can donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how to donate and make sponsorships, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939–921–5543 or 0918–906–7753.

Do you want to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries? Visit this link to know how.

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How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

July is National Disaster Resilience Month in the Philippines to promote preparedness among Filipinos during catastrophes.

During a pandemic, disaster preparedness is more complex now. So, here are some tips that can help you and your family be disaster-ready while on a public health emergency:

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

1. Ready your enhanced emergency kit

Aside from the basic emergency and food supplies kit that includes food, water, clothes, radio, first aid supplies,  flashlights, whistles, and important documents, you would need additional supplies.

Ready.gov  recommends adding COVID-19-related necessities such as masks, face shields, and prescribed medicines to your emergency kit.

It is important to maintain the emergency kit, always check if the medicines and food supplies are not expired. Keep the kit in a cool dry place.

Keep your emergency bag easily accessible in case of an emergency evacuation.

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

2. Follow the minimum health standards

After preparing your supplies, learn the basic practices against COVID-19,  just in case you would need to evacuate to a safer, but more public area.

To help you remember these practices, the Department of Health’s (DOH) BIDA Ang Solusyon sa COVID-19 promotes the four behaviors to fight the virus:

B – Bawal walang mask

I – I-sanitize ang kamay, iwas hawak sa mga bagay

D – Dumistasya ng isang metro

A – Alamin ang totoong impormasyon

By doing BIDA, you ensure the safety of your whole family in a disaster during a  pandemic.

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster During a Pandemic – National Disaster Resilience Month

3. Pray for God’s help

Above all these preparations, you need God. Typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other catastrophes are uncontrollable situations, but God is always in control. So leave it all to God through prayer!

You can always seek God’s protection amidst unprecedented times of pandemic and calamities.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2 NLT)

Do you want to be secure of God’s protection? Start your journey of faith today!

Visit this page and call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

Everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but not all are affected in the same way.

Low-income families and communities in remote areas of our country are especially hit hard by the economic effects of the pandemic. Hunger and starvation are the bigger concerns for them, even more than the coronavirus.

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

Day by day, food insecurity intensifies. Poor households plunge deeper into poverty. The most vulnerable among us become even more vulnerable and in need of emergency food assistance.

To give you a clearer picture, a survey of the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Institute revealed that 62% of households experienced having little to no food amid the pandemic.

This alarming data has confirmed the magnitude of the hunger emergency gripping our kababayans. And while you are reading this article, the numbers continue to rise.

Do you know that with your help, we can support our most vulnerable kababayans and ease their suffering?

When hunger knocks, we respond with much-needed relief and prayers!

The residents of Santa Maria, Laguna witnessed our response to their great need when CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, visited their community last weekend.

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

Relief operations could not reach Santa Maria because of the community’s remote location. Residents needed to hike or ride horses for hours to reach the town proper. Children had to cross nine rivers every day just to go to school!

With the help of faithful partners like you and the DLL/SAGAD Off-Roaders group, the Operation Blessing team was able to brave the rough trails and heavy rains to get to Santa Maria!

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

Hundreds of families received food items, hygiene kits, and cleaning materials. More than the material relief, the residents also had the opportunity to hear the comforting, saving love of Jesus through the team.

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

“Everyone is struggling each day to survive. That’s why it is a huge blessing for them to receive this kind of help. They are very happy to be one of the beneficiaries of Operation Blessing,” shared Teacher Noel, one of the teachers who helped organize the relief operation.

When Hunger Knocks, We Respond with Much-Needed Relief and Prayers

Your generosity makes it possible for Operation Blessing to reach our most vulnerable kababayans and respond with much-needed relief and prayers. Do you want to bless more families in this time of need?

You may give online, via GCash (Operation Blessing), or through these bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can donate or sponsor, send a message to Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you also wish to support other CBN Asia’s Family of Ministries, you may do so by visiting this link.

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

Arlene Valera does.

She believes that God will always take care of their needs even when she lost her source of income during the pandemic.

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

Have you also lost your job during the pandemic? Let her story inspire you that God can and will provide for you and your loved ones.

The new year sounded like a fresh beginning for Arlene. All her plans were set, and she was determined to go back to work as a cruise ship waitress. It was not easy to be a single parent, but that job became her bread and butter, and helped her support the growing needs of her son.

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

However, the unexpected happened. The COVID-19 pandemic toppled all the plans she built.

“At first, I was terrified. My son was about to enroll in school. If only I knew that there will be a pandemic, I would have returned to work early in January,” Arlene recalled.

All she could do was wait – wait for the pandemic to end so she can return to her job, wait for an opportunity to earn because they have exhausted all her hard-earned savings, and wait for God’s provision.

The waiting lasted for weeks, months, and now, for a year.

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

Are you waiting for God’s provision, too?

If you are, then hold fast to your hope.

That is what Arlene did. She faced her financial struggles with prayers and watched The 700 Club Asia as her source of encouragement. Meanwhile, the CBN Asia Prayer Center became her prayer companion.

The 700 Club Asia inspired me to read my Bible. The stories also inspired me to give a small amount to help those in need,” she narrated.

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

Arlene did not wait in vain. Backing up her prayers with perseverance, she taught herself how to bake and ventured into a small business which she called Awlyn Sweets Delights and Delicacies.

Despite the small income, the single mother was grateful that God sustains them every day. She also sets aside a part of her earnings so she can donate to CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm.

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

“I save up so I can give 500 pesos every month to Operation Blessing,” Arlene shared. “Through God’s grace, each time I give, my customers will message me to order cakes. Praise God!”

God’s provision did not waver. Arlene was in awe when she won a mall raffle worth Php 20,000, allowing her to pay her son’s tuition fees in full.

She exclaimed, “It was my first time to win in any raffle. The 500 pesos I gave turned into 20,000! I am so happy despite all the challenges. I am thankful because God did not forsake me.”

Do You Trust that God Will Provide for Your Family?

God will provide.

You may have heard and said that phrase a million times, but the question is: do you really trust that God will provide for your family?

God promised that He is your shepherd – the kind of shepherd that feeds, leads, and meets all your needs. So when God said that He is your shepherd, you can rest assured that He will always be.

When God said that He will provide for your family, you can trust that He will truly provide for all your needs.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1 NLT)

Are you anxious about providing for your family during this pandemic?

We are here to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

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How do You Pray for Healing?

How do you pray for the sick? 

You might have uttered a couple of healing prayers for a sick loved one or even prayed them for yourself. But is there a way to make your prayer more effective? 

Discover how you can pray for healing today, from CBN Asia’s Holy Week special: Tanikala presents Isa Pang Hiling: 

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1. Ask God for help

JarolynMoulder, played by actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz, saw her world turn upside down when her husband and son suffered from COVID-19. Although she believes that she is a strong person, she surrendered everything to God in that particular situation and covered their family in prayers. 

Like Carolyn, acknowledge that God is in control of everything. Humble yourself before Him and ask for His help. Allow God’s mercy to surround you and your loved one, and watch healing unfold before your eyes. 

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV) 

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2. Pray in the name of Jesus

If you know God’s character, you know that He wants to heal and restore people. Your Heavenly Father is the Lord who heals (Exodus 15:26). 

In Isa Pang Hiling, Jarolyn believed that there is power in the name of Jesus, so she kept on praying in His name. She wanted her beloved son to be spared from death, and God heard her constant prayers. 

You have an assurance that Jesus will do whatever you ask in His name (John 14:13). So whenever and wherever you are, pray in faith – and pray in His mighty name! 

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3. Seek God, not the reward 

Who wants a healing miracle? 

Of course, you want to see your loved one be miraculously healed from COVID-19, or whatever sickness they may have. Of course, you too, would love to experience God’s healing prowess. 

Although it’s true that God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6), He wants you to focus on Him and not on the reward. 

Focus on the Healer, not the healing. Focus on the Miracle-worker, not the miracle. 

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4. Pray for spiritual healing

All throughout their COVID-19 battle, Jarolyn sought God. She praised God for the healing they received, but the most important restoration God bestowed to their family is spiritual healing. 

While you are concerned about the physical healing of your loved one, God is more concerned about their spiritual healing. After all, everyone will soon perish, but the spirit will return to God. 

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So when you pray for your loved one’s physical healing, pray for their heart and soul, too. Pray that God uses their physical restoration to open the door for their spiritual restoration.  

Pray that their healing journey will be a journey of discovering the saving love of Jesus, the ultimate healer. 

Are you praying for healing? 

Allow us to pray with you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

If you are blessed by this year’s Tanikala and you want to bless the ministry, you may do so through this link. 

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Are You Looking for Ways to Support a Loved One with COVID-19?

Do you have somebody at home that has asymptomatic COVID-19? 

Do you want to support a family member or a friend who is hospitalized due to the disease? 

Supporting a loved one who tested positive for COVID-19 can be extremely challenging, but don’t worry! God is your ever-present help! (Psalm 46:1) 

Here are simple yet meaningful ways to support them, from CBN Asia’s Holy Week special: Tanikala presents Habang May Ngayon: 

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  1. Ask what help they need 

Carla Manas, played by actress Karen Timbol, faced tremendous challenges when she battled the deadly virus. She was hospitalized on her 50th birthday, was separated from her loved ones, and even suffered the fear of death. 

Despite all these, she overcame them through the unwavering support of her family, friends, and medical frontliners taking care of her. Just like her and many other COVID-19 patients, your loved one needs people to rely on.  

So, ask them how you could be of help. Though there are limitations and boundaries when helping, it would boost their spirits to know that you are willing to journey with them through the sickness and into recovery. 

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  1. Regularly check up on them

In Habang May Ngayon, Carla received constant encouragement from her doctors, nurses, and loved ones. She was inspired to carry on because she was assured that whatever storm COVID-19 brings, she is not alone. 

Ask how your loved one feels about their current situation and assure them that should they need someone to talk to, you are always willing to listen without any judgment. 

Listen closely to their concerns and respond in a supportive way. Remind them that despite the situation, you will get through this together. 

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  1. Pray for them, pray with them

Not everyone has the chance to personally care for a loved one with COVID-19. Some of you would have to endure being away from the patient, hoping that things will be better the next time you see them. 

Carla’s family experienced the same situation. When her condition got worse, she was left with no choice but to isolate herself from her beloved husband and children. But there’s one thing that held them together even when they were apart: prayers. 

If the situation allows, call your loved one. Pray that God will comfort, protect, and restore them from the inside out. Surrender everything to God and trust that healing will soon come. While you’re at it, pray that He will also protect and bless the hands of frontliners who take care of your loved one. 

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As you pray, have faith in His timing. Surely, God will answer and show his miraculous mercy. 

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV) 

Are you struggling to believe that God can heal your loved one from COVID-19? 

Let God’s peace be your assurance. 

We would also love to encourage and pray for you, so do not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

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If I Pray, Can God Heal my Loved One from COVID-19?

Deep inside Minda Donaire’s heart, she never believed that God could bring total healing for her daughter Jonalyn who tested positive for COVID-19.

Jonalyn flew to Saudi Arabia to be a domestic worker with hopes of providing a good future for her three children who are left in the care of her mother Minda

Fear started to plague Minda when in the midst of the outbreak, she lost all communications with her beloved daughter. 

After a week, she received the news that her daughter was put in quarantine after showing symptoms of the dreaded disease. Her world turned upside down when Jonalyn confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19.

“It was so painful when my daughter told me‘Ma, please take care of my children. The ambulance is here already, Minda recalled. Since that callshe never again heard from Jonalyn. 

This left her paralyzed with fear. It was during this time that one of Minda’s grandchildren encouraged her to watch The 700 Club Asia. Their whole family watched the show and joined the hosts in prayer.

She also called the CBN Asia Prayer Center to ask for prayers.

I told the prayer counselor that I cannot contact my daughter and I do not know if she is still alive. I told her all my problems, and she prayed for me,” Minda said.

Just minutes after they prayed, Minda received a message from Jonalyn, who then assured her mother that she is safe in a hospital. Minda felt immediate relief. She literally jumped for joy and thanked God for hearing her prayers instantly, “I told her that I sought help from The 700 Club Asia in praying for her.”

However, despite hearing from her daughter, Minda still felt doubtful that God would miraculously heal Jonalyn from COVID-19 – until she opened her Bible and stumbled upon God’s Word in Jeremiah 33:3:

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

The next day, the hospital declared that Jonalyn was COVID-negative – a miracle that both Jonalyn and Minda could not fathom.

Even though she wrestled with doubt at first, Minda learned that God’s Word can defeat fear and disbelief.

“Calling the Prayer Center was a huge help for me. They stood with me in prayers. Indeed, Jesus Christ is the best healer!” Minda ended.

Do you also doubt that God can heal you or your loved one from COVID-19?

Be assured that when you call to God with all your heart, He is willing to help you overcome your doubtsBelieve that powerful, faithful prayers can bring instant answers!

He is willing to answer your prayers – loud and clear.

If you are still struggling to believe that God can hear your prayers, allow us to pray for you. Don’t hesitate to call our Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

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Charity amid a Crisis? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Give during a Pandemic

With months away from flipping the 2020 calendar, the battle against the pandemic is far from over.

Healthcare workers still struggle with a shortage of protective equipment. More and more kababayans face unemployment as the economy dips. And, low-income families continue to wonder where to get their next meal.

No doubt, the current crisis takes a heavy toll on every Juan.

Yes, life is quite challenging these days. It is hard to keep your face toward the sunshine when all you can see are shadows, isn’t it?

Yet one of the strongest traits of being a Filipino is the inclination to find the silver lining on every cloud. And if there’s one silver lining that came out during this difficult time, it is the bayanihan spirit that gets stronger because of the crisis.

This International Day of Charity, here are 3 things to ponder on if you are wondering about how you can take part in helping others even in the simplest way:

1. What is your motivation?

Ask yourself why you want to give and what specific things you want to accomplish by donating.

Do you want to support and sustain the health workers and other frontliners? Do you wish to feed the hungry and send aid to those who lost their jobs? Or maybe, your heart is in supporting the youth’s learning and education amid the pandemic?

Knowing your “whats” and “whys” about giving will help you with the “hows.” Your personal motivations can help you decide how to maximize your resources and execute your charitable ideas.

2. What are your resources?

Charity comes in various shapes and sizes.

You can donate goods, money, or time. However, due to the pressing health risks brought by COVID-19, more people are now actively involved in supporting those who are in need through financial means.

Giving food and other essential items is great. But if you have the financial capacity to give and make sponsorships, you may consider donating money so those in need can buy the things they actually need.

Also, are you considering a one-time donation, or would you go for a long-term, more sustainable way of helping others?

3. Do you need expert guidance on your charitable giving?

If you are a first-time donor or you simply do not know yet who to help and how you can help, partnering with charitable and humanitarian organizations is a good option.

These groups have been working closely with the communities and beneficiaries, and have projects that help people in the ways they need most. Your generous support would help them sustain such projects that truly help people.

For instance, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines – CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm – has been working to help in the fight against COVID-19 and bring hope and comfort to kababayans who experience fear and anxiety during this pandemic.

Operation Blessing has already provided relief to thousands of patientsfrontlinersfarmerssenior citizens and childrenpersons with disabilitiesindigenous communitiesjeepney driversjobless and homeless individuals, and some of the most vulnerable families across the country.

If you want to help our underprivileged kababayans and spark hope to communities in need, you can partner with Operation Blessing today. You may give online or contact 09399215543 or 09189067753 to make sponsorships.

It takes huge faith to give away what is yours.

But instead of being close-fisted, God has opened your heart and hands for something bigger: helping others.

Know that as you donate, you give beyond money. You don’t just alleviate their current suffering – you also help restore their hope and dignity. Above all, you please your Heavenly Father, because even during the toughest days, you still choose to give with compassion, love, and charity.

“Let all your things be done with charity.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 KJV)

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