OPERATION JAMES 1:27
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is
this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction..." James 1:27
According to James 1:27, “visiting orphans and widows in their affliction” is considered by God to be “pure and undefiled” worship. But what does it mean to “visit” orphans and widows? The word “visit” in the Greek literally means to look after, to take care of, to provide for.
Visiting orphans and widows is so much more than just taking a trip to another country to hand out some food to people you will never see again; visiting orphans and widows means to look after, to take care of, to provide for, with the implication of continuous responsibility. It means making sacrifices for the sake of those who are more vulnerable, for those who need us the most.
Millions of orphans and widows worldwide suffer violence, abuse and exploitation daily, specifically those who are isolated without consistent support and provision. With no assistance, thousands of these orphans and widows live on the streets begging for food and for a place to call home. The bible says in 1 John 3:17-18, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth”. We are to do this, not with words only, but with actions and truth.
The bible also says in James 2:15-16, “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” It is not enough to pray for someone who is in need. If we have something to give, WE ARE TO GIVE.
In an effort to meet these needs, our Foundation launched in January 2016 Operation James 1:27.
What is Operation James 1:27?
Operation James 1:27 is an initiative of the No Orphan Left Behind Foundation (NOLBF), which focuses on providing shelter and financial assistance for widows and orphans living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, in addition to protection, education, integral development and most importantly love, to be able to contribute to their recovery and increase their chances of better living conditions.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Thousands of orphans and widows live in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Most of them live in hazardous housing conditions, with no running water and electricity. Instead of a safe home where children can sleep peacefully, they live in homes made from mud, sticks, tin, tarp, cardboard and/or whatever other discarded materials they can find.
These families get soaked by every rainstorm and are constantly bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs. They live in constant fear of their fragile shelter collapsing on them when they sleep, and
worry about intruders breaking in and harming their children. They are simply too poor to afford anything more.
OPERATION JAMES 1:27 AT WORK!
Meet Eranie Exalus and her biological daughter Dieusa (11) and adopted daughter Medjina (16). They joined our program in 2017 after we found Eranie in the Dominican Republic living in extreme poverty and suffering from a 3 years old untreated Ameloblastoma (benign tumor) that had disfigured her face and destroyed the bony tissue of her lower and upper jaw. Eranie migrated from Haiti to the Dominican Republic seeking a better life for her and her family after loosing everything when her husband died unexpectedly in an automobile accident in Haiti. Unfortunately, a better life was difficult to find and she ended up in living in extreme poverty with no place to call home or food to feed her children. In 2017 our team found her and after learning her story and situation, she was selected to be the first family to join our Operation James 1:27 in the Dominican Republic. Our Foundation also provided the funding needed to for the surgery to remove the entire tumor and for the replacement of her jaw bone. Although due to funding difficulties, our Foundation have not been able to build a house for Eranie yet, thanks to generous donors like you, our foundation is currently paying for the rent of a house, food, and utilities. Our goal is to build a house for Eranie and her daughters in the near future.
ERANIE IN 2017
ONE WEEK BEFORE SURGERY
ONE WEEK AFTER SURGERY
Together We Can Provide Safe Shelter For Widows and Orphans
For just $15,000 dollars we can build a solid home for a family living in unsafe conditions. Our homes are constructed to stand up to the harsh elements of the Caribbean. For families who have only known the fear and suffering that comes from living in a makeshift hovel, or perhaps just a tent, these homes are an absolutely life-changing gift.
Would you consider joining our Foundation in being the hands a feet of Christ by helping serve the Orphans and Widows of the Dominican Republic and Haiti? We are in need of construction teams, all level of experience needed. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our mission trips page for upcoming trips.
DONATE TODAY TO OPERATION JAMES 1:27!
Your gift today will help build a safe and secure new home for orphans and widows in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. NOLBF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Federal EIN # 26-4808741. Contributions to NOLBF are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please select your gift amount: