Every night, millions of adults and children go to bed cold, hungry, and without their basic needs met. They wonder if the world has forgotten them—if anyone loves them.
Desiring to serve God and her community after the tragic death of her husband, God called Susie Jennings to give blankets to the homeless in downtown Dallas in November 1993. The homeless called her “The Blanket Lady.”
That modest beginning was the genesis of Operation Care International (OCI), which has grown to encompass multiple ministries and major events each year in Dallas, Texas as well as missions to the homeless and destitute children in nations around the world.
Help Operation Care International provide relief to Ukrainian women and children fleeing the conflict in their home country.
The Christmas Gift event is our vehicle for combating spiritual and economic poverty. It is an annual birthday celebration for Jesus honoring the homeless and impoverished at the Dallas Convention Center. The event is held in December each year and draws thousands to a central location allowing Operation Care to connect our guests to our advocate partners on a large and efficient scale that will help them escape homelessness and poverty.
Over the past two years, despite the global pandemic, Operation Care International has partnered with 23 states and 47 countries to provide over $400,000 of seed funding to buy shoes for the impoverished.
In December 2022, our goal is to reach all 50 states and 200 countries.
In Dallas, we will have an evangelistic outreach on December 17 at the Dallas Convention Center. We will be streaming the event to churches and organizations worldwide to celebrate Jesus’ birthday!
Every third Saturday of the month, we host a “come and see” event to serve the homeless. We partner with different churches in the DFW Metroplex to provide a chapel worship service with a minister, singer, personal testimony, and an opportunity to pray for the homeless. We also serve dinner and prepare breakfast for the next day.
Three times a year, we do extensive street outreach to the homeless in Dallas. We provide Bibles, Gospel tracts, clothing, personal care products, bottled water, and—of course—lots of love.
There are people—homeless, impoverished, widows, orphans—who wonder if they have been overlooked and forgotten by society. They often lack basic needs for survival. More than that, they long to be loved, seen, heard, and cared for.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are commanded to help those who lack (Matthew 5:42, Luke 6:30-31). Operation Care International answers this call by ministering to the poor and homeless in Dallas, Texas and all around the world. Through God’s provisions, we are committed to showing Christ’s love by providing for their spiritual and physical needs.
What started as one woman answering God’s call to serve the Dallas homeless has grown into a worldwide ministry to serve the lost, the least, and the lonely. Since 2004, we have served over 300,000 of the homeless and impoverished, washed over 150,000 people’s feet, and led over 45,000 people to Jesus.
Is God calling you to serve with us? There are two ways we could use your support:
We invite you to help us meet the needs of the poor, tell them the Good News of Jesus Christ, and transform lives through God’s power.
Hear Susie tell the Operation Care story.
After the tragic death of her husband, Susie Jennings’s world shattered into a million pieces. She couldn’t understand why God allowed him to suffer and die. But God had a bigger plan for her life.
31 Days of Mountaintop Miracles tells how God called Susie out of the depths of sorrow and worked through her to start a worldwide ministry caring for the homeless and impoverished. This book will encourage you to answer the call the Lord has given you—and to always remember that He has an amazing purpose for your life. Download your free copy today.