Operation Blessing Brings Hope to Communities in Leyte

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Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, brought a fresh beginning and a new hope to the community of Palanog, Tacloban and Palo, Leyte through an outreach mission on October 28-30.

What started as a vision is now a reality. OB launched its partnership with the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), desiring to make the Community of Hope (COH) an agro-livestock farm village by providing sustainable agricultural solutions to Yolanda-stricken families.

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According to COH Project Manager, Jun Mercado, “Although there are a lot of resources available inside COH, one of the challenges locals face is finding job opportunities outside.”

Through the unstoppable search for new strategies and ways to help elevate the residents’ economic well-being, income-generating programs such as farming, fishing, poultry, and piggery were officially turned over to the community.

“Our (CCT) role is to provide technical assistance in the livelihood component. Hopefully, it will first supplement their food requirements which means savings and later on, if they can produce a more commercial quantity, then they can sell it,” CCT Board Chairman for COOP, Ronald Chua explained.

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No longer will they look for income opportunities at a distance but will be able to utilize the richness of their land and Ariane Cordero, a COH beneficiary, can testify to that.

The 37-year-old housewife shared with a hopeful heart, “I remember praying to have a job where I can make a profit to support the education of my children, at the same time, be a stay-at-home mother to take care of them. Now, God has heard my prayers. Thank you, Operation Blessing and CCT!”

But God is not done yet, the Superbook team and Trumpets’ “Pamilya Maleta” joined the community outreach with one purpose in mind – to share the Good News and win more souls for Jesus.

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Gizmo and the Superbook team were greeted with beaming smiles and undeniable energy of kids who went out of their way to join in the fun. They played games, watched Superbook’s episode Peter’s escape, and sang and danced with Gizmo.

The 11-year-old Batang Superbook, Jimmy Boy, shared why he loves the Bible-animated series, “I love Superbook because I learn a lot about Jesus and the Bible stories. It taught me how to be a good son and to serve in our church.”

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Followed by a heart-captivating performance of Pamilya Maleta, a Filipino musical drama by Trumpets that talks about forgiveness and restoration in the family, many found hope again to believe for their breakthrough in their families.

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The people left not only with a renewed heart, but also with their hands overflowing with Unilever and Nestlé gift packs, Oyayi coloring books and sketchpad giveaways, and a delicious meal.

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These are all possible because of God’s sufficient grace and because you responded.

Be a partner today! Call (+632) 477-7802 to 04 or visit the Operation Blessing website to know how.

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