Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I know that many women across the country are already making plans for their annual V-Day Pity Party. It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves if we don’t have a special Valentine or if we have someone, but he doesn’t send us flowers or candy or buy us a new diamond ring like we were hoping for.

I’ve been there. I remember being single and wishing I were married. And I’ve been married and wished I had a more romantic celebration. This year we’re both sickly so we’re just hoping that by Sunday, we’ll feel good enough to go see a First Lady matinee after church then enjoy a yummy meal at Chuy’s.

For many women around the world, though, they’re not dreaming of roses or Reeses or rings. They’re dreaming of food for their family or fresh drinking water for their sick child.

For over four decades, Operation Blessing has shared God’s love by alleviating human suffering in every state and over 90 nations. Their generous partners provide:
• Clean water to thirsty people in remote villages and disaster zones
• Food to famine victims, long-term hunger solutions for developing communities, plus groceries and support for struggling families here in America
• Medical care and life-changing surgeries for men, women, and children in desperately poor regions of the world
• Disaster relief to those devastated by hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and other catastrophes

Operation Blessing has just released Recipes From Around the World. It includes recipes from countries where Operation Blessing is changing lives. But it’s more than mere recipes. It’s stories of individuals who know what it’s like to truly have a bad Valentine’s Day. It’s Arturo and Fabiano whose house in Guatemala was destroyed by an earthquake. It’s Denis and Mirna in Honduras whose children cried themselves to sleep because there was no money to buy food. It’s Yasmin in Israel who couldn’t cook because her electrical system couldn’t handle a stove or hot water heater.

Operation Blessings

As you read the stories of these and many other individuals around the world and how Operation Blessing turned their lives around, you’ll realize how truly blessed you are. Then you can flip through the yummy looking recipes and as you eat exotic foods from other lands, you can pray for those who are suffering this year and say a special prayer for people like Operation Blessing workers who are generously providing for basic needs that we take for granted.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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