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Operation Compassion Leader David Lorency Passes Away

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By , April 3, 2020

David B. Lorency, president of Operation Compassion, passed away unexpectedly early this morning April 3, 2020. He was 75.

Lorency spent 48 years in ministry with the Church of God, characterized by reaching the poor and underprivileged, starting with outreach to sailors and street witnessing in Norfolk, Va. He began coffee houses, servicemen’s centers, and beach ministry stations which grew to reach thousands of youth.

Throughout his ministry, Lorency also served as a pastor, where at each location his leadership focused on the needs of that community and encouraging the church to respond. He was an Evangelism Director for Northern New England, Chicago Metro and California. Lorency was responsible for starting more than 100 ethnically diverse churches.

In 2000, David Lorency was selected to serve as Executive Director of Operation Compassion, a non-profit international disaster relief organization. He has guided and directed the growth and development of Operation Compassion from a small charity starting with a pick-up truck and $200 to an organization handling more than 1,500 semis or more per year. Lorency has been instrumental in OC’s financial growth as well. In 2006, he was named president.

David Lorency has been married to his wife, Laura, for 54 years. They have four daughters, four sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Compassion (operationcompassion.org).

Operation Compassion Responds to Nashville Metro Area Tornadoes

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By , March 3, 2020

In the dark of night and shrouded in heavy rain tornadoes struck the Nashville Metro area about 1:30 am leaving scores of damaged homes and businesses. More than 45 buildings had collapsed after losing their roofs and the torrential rain flooded many upper floors. Four countries in the greater Nashville area reported fatalities as the numbers continue to climb as rescuers continue their search and rescue efforts.

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Operation Compassion and Partners Sends Aid to Puerto Rico

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By , February 27, 2020

A few weeks ago, Puerto Rico was hit with a devastating earthquake on the southwest side of the island. Since that initial earthquake, there have been hundreds of aftershocks that have continued to rattle the island. Scientists are calling this event an earthquake swarm, including 11 earthquakes that were 5.0 or greater in magnitude. The largest earthquake occurred on January 7th with a magnitude of 6.4. So far, 4 fatalities have been reported with multiple injuries.

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Merry Christmas from Operation Compassion

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By , December 20, 2019

The Christmas season offers Operation Compassion an opportunity to look back and reflect on this past year of 2019. While 2019 has been a very productive and successful year, it has also seen challenges from around the world. Natural disasters, economic distress of communities, hunger, under-served and under-privileged communities are only a few of the past and future challenges.

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For Last Minute Shoppers!

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By , December 17, 2019
There is still time to shop for those last minute gifts and donate to Operation Compassion. Shop at smile.amazon.com! Visit the web site and designate Operation Compassion as your charity of choice and then shop and make your purchases. It is so simple.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Operation Compassion!