Sometimes the journey is so hard that our hearts get broken, and our souls cry out to God like never before.

You may not have heard about this yet, but a civil war broke out in Ethiopia, in the Tigray Region, the northernmost region of the country last November. Tigray is the fifth largest and most populous regional state in the country, and it is home to over 7 million people. Operation Rescue has 3 care centers in the cities of Mekelle, Adigrat and Adwa, where our staff have been serving over 600 children and families for more than 20 years.
After approximately three months of conflict, the news about the war is finally being shared more widely by the media, with the United Nations and and Aid agencies publicly acknowledging the food shortages, the widespread looting, and the sexual violence that are happening on the ground. For weeks, we tried to get in contact with our staff on the ground, but similarly to other places afflicted by war, the internet and phone lines were shut down in the region.
Our hearts sank, and we lifted our voices to God, asking him to protect our beloved staff, the children and all the families in that country. We tried relentlessly to get a hold of our local brothers and sisters without success, until we understood that it was time for me to travel to Ethiopia to try and find out how our staff were doing, whether the care centres of the project had been damaged, and how we could help.
By the grace of God, I was able to get on a plane and, in the beginning of January, I arrived safely in Ethiopia in the city of Mekelle, Tigray where our main project center is located. Once I was there, I was able to get a hold of our beloved brother and General Manager of Operation Rescue Ethiopia, Getachew Tefay, and all the staff. To our great joy, he, his family, and the Operation Rescue staff were safe, and the education centre was still up, although other buildings had been damaged by the bombs – that was the place where we first run the project.
I learned that our amazing local team had already mobilized its limited resources to offer protection and support to dozens of families who had lost their homes in the bombings, despite all the grief and fear that the staff were experiencing themselves. While I was still in Ethiopia, I also learned that about about 78,000 people were displaced and came to Mekele and over 60,000 Ethiopians had fled to Sudan as refugees, to try to escape the mass destruction and killings that were happening in the region. That was when we knew that I had to go to Sudan to try to form partnerships with local organizations to help bring food and essential supplies to the refugee camps. Through this trip I could bring 1,000kg of powder milk to one of the refugees camps in Sudan.

This letter is being written while I am in Sudan.

Besides the needs of our children through the time of conflict we have also acknowledged the displaced people that have come from distant areas. The trauma experienced by the children and families is beyond words with many children having lost their parents or watched them being killed. There are thousands of displaced people in Tigray, in Mekele alone 78,000,  now spread in to the local schools classrooms and in the local community. They are sleeping on mattresses, side by side, with little privacy, hygiene, nutrition and health care and limited clean water.  Besides that, there are  many other people that are still in the country side, unreached by food supplies and unable to come  to the main towns.
Everyone here and internationally is describing this as a humanitarian crisis that will take years to end. The Ethiopian refugees and displaced people who are dying on the roads, and those who made it to the camps need urgent help. Your donations can make a difference.
Our goal is to deliver 100 tons of food to secure the supply for our own Operation Rescue children and to help to secure the feeding of thousands of refugees and displaced people who are in desperate need of support.
Please give today to the Operation Rescue Emergency Relief Campaign for Tigray, by using the donation form. We also encourage you to include the Ethiopia Operation Rescue team, and all the Ethiopian children and families in your prayers. The Bible tells us that:
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34: 17-18).
Please join us both in prayer and with donations to the emergency campaign, so we can demonstrate with deeds and good works the everlasting love of the Father.
We also invite you follow us on Facebook to receive updates about the campaign – our Facebook account is: operationrescue.childcareprojects
On behalf of the children and families that we serve, please accept our heartfelt thank you for your support.
With gratitude,

Marciano Teixeira

Operation Rescue, Executive Director
P.S.: Please donate today to the Emergency Relief Campaign for Tigray, and help to save lives.


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