Billions of people around the world need one form of help or another. Some countries have a shortage of clean, potable water, while others are stricken by calamities and natural disasters. People in war-torn countries are also in dire need of help. Of course, there are also the poor people living in urban areas who struggle just to put food on the table. Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the many non-profit organizations that help these people, not only by providing them with immediate relief, but by establishing programs to help these people help themselves.
Founded in 1978 by televangelist and 700 Club host Pat Robertson, Operation Blessing International began by helping families and individuals start a better life through the generosity of the viewers of the 700 Club with the help from local charities and churches. The organization broadened its horizons in 1990 when it shifted its focus from helping individuals and families towards funding outreach projects which had wider reach. They also went international by sponsoring disaster relief efforts, as well as medical and feeding missions to countries where it is most needed. Their most recent efforts were to provide relief for victims of the Ebola virus outbreak that happened in 2014 in West Africa and for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged the Philippines in 2013.
Despite its prominent international presence, OBI also helps in the relief efforts during times of calamities in the United States including helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy and Katrina just to name a few. The organization also still conducts regular hunger relief programs for the poor people in America through their Hunger Strike Force program wherein trucks deliver approximately 2 million pounds of food and other relief goods to homeless shelters, food pantries, church ministries and other programs across all 50 states.