The Operation Compassion Story: Ten Years of Meeting Needs

By , July 13, 2004

In 1994, Operation Compassion began as an agency to motivate and train churches, groups and individuals to become involved in the war on poverty. With a core of six hundred churches, fourteen hundred additional churches and groups began various outreaches to the poor during the next few years.
By January 1999, Operation Compassion expanded its focus by delivering two pick-up trucks of food, clothing and other supplies to poor and needy families. Product distribution had begun and the expansion would prove to be successful as Operation Compassion not only trained but also provided a model of distribution. By the end of the year, one hundred semi trucks of product had been moved through Operation Compassion helping the poor and in times of disaster.

Of course, the most difficult part of Operation Compassion’s relief effort came on September 11, 2001. Through the course of the next several months, Operation Compassion delivered thirteen semis of relief product to the city of New York. As part of the relief effort, Operation Compassion partnered with the city’s Police Department in sponsoring children’s block parties for Christmas.

By the end of 2003, Operation Compassion had become the largest partnering agency to four of the top ten charities. More than 3,000 semi trucks of product had been moved through the network and millions of people were supplied with needed goods. Operation Compassion had reached another milestone but the challenges of disaster relief and helping the needy continued to be a driving force for its continued success.

In fulfilling this commitment, more than two hundred fifty semi trucks of powdered milk was delivered to more than one thousand Indian tribes and nations, many are not recognized by the federal government and do not receive assistance. Another seven hundred twenty semi trucks of liquid milk including a freight grant worth forty-five million dollars were delivered across the United States. Textbooks for all grades through college level were delivered to third world countries with a value in excess of fifty million dollars.

In addition to moving product, Operation Compassion has solidified partnerships that have resulted in four Dream Centers. With the completion of the Dream Centers, Operation Compassion has an influence in the four major areas of extreme poverty in the United States as designated by the United States Census Bureau. Appalachia Dream Center was operational in 2001; First American Dream Center opened in 2002; Delta Dream Center was developed in 2003; Borderland Dream Center started in 2004.

Since 1994, Operation Compassion has transitioned through many stages of growth. However, the five program priorities have remained timeless. Compassion America continues to be an influence in urban benevolence programming. Dream America serves as the driving force for the rural poverty programs. Compassion World reaches into third world developing countries. Community Love Connection impacts local communities with one-day events. Disaster Relief continues as Operation Compassion’s response to catastrophic events, domestic and international.

Operation Compassion, under the leadership of Dr. John D. Nichols, President and David B. Lorency, International Field Director, has experienced metamorphic success. This success is not illustrated in number of trucks or poundage but in the countless faces of the girls and boys, women and men that receive necessary life sustaining help across the United States and around the world.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Director
Tim Burdashaw, International Operations Coordinator

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

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