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About Operation Care International

Serving the lost, the least, and the lonely,
from Dallas to the ends of the earth.

Mission Statement

Operation Care International exists to glorify God. In obedience to His will, we connect impoverished children and the homeless to Jesus Christ by providing for their spiritual and physical needs through God’s provisions both at home and abroad.

Vision

In obedience to God, Operation Care International facilitates worldwide opportunities for the lost, the least, and the lonely to experience the love of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life.

Executive Staff

Operation Care International - Jesus

Jesus

Chief Executive Officer

Operation Care International - Susie Jennings

Ms. Susie Y. Jennings, R.N.

Founder and President

Susie Yanson Jennings is Founder and President of Operation Care International. A Registered Nurse by profession since 1978, Susie stepped out in faith and obedience to God’s calling leading to her resignation from a supervisory position at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas in January 2011. She then became a full time missionary to those in need. Susie continues to lead OCI with the help of a board of directors and a multitude of volunteers.

Susie joined First Baptist Church Dallas in 1982, within months of arriving in the United States from her home in the Philippines. She received invaluable Biblical knowledge under the teaching of the legendary Dr. W.A. Criswell, one of the godliest men she has known. She taught preschoolers for twenty (20) years at her church.

Desiring to serve God and her community after the tragic death of her husband, God called Susie 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.

Her guiding principle for the vision of OCI is in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Operation Care International - Mike Tirone

Mr. Mike Tirone

Director

Mike became the Director of ONEDAY2020 in June of 2019. Beginning in 1993 Mike spent twelve years as a senior producer with CNBC and NBC Universal. In 2006 Mike Tirone came to Dallas Forth Worth and became the General Manager of 90.9FM KCBI. Mike oversaw all areas of programming, fundraising, ministry and marketing. Under his leadership, KCBI was awarded the “Major Market Radio Station of the Year” by the National Religious Broadcasters in 2011. Mike Tirone also served as the Regional President of North Texas for Apartment Life and led the Donor Development team for the ministry Time to Revive. Mike has a passion to share his faith and has been on several mission trips with Time to Revive all over the United States most recently in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Mike lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife Christina. They celebrate their 25 year wedding anniversary this November. He has two children, Avery and Zak. His life verse is Proverbs 19:21- “Man has many plans in their hearts but it’s the Lord who directs our paths.”

Operation Care International - Shelley Allen

Ms. Shelley Allen

Office Manager

Shelley Allen joins Operation Care International as Office Manager after being a freelance copy editor, copy writer, and author based in Dallas for the past three years. In addition to being lead editor at Ruthless Red Pen, Shelley is a copy editor for Roaring Lambs Ministries, also based in Dallas. A trained international speaker, Shelley has spoken at entrepreneurs’ conferences in Nairobi, Kenya (2008) and Toronto, Canada (2019).

From 2004-2009 Shelley owned and operated the Servant’s Bookstore and Coffee Bar in Kaufman, Texas. After earning her Master’s in Secondary Education at SMU in 2013, Shelley taught high school English Language Arts in Carrollton, Texas.

In June 2018, Shelley resigned from teaching and established the Ruthless Red Pen. In January 2019, Shelley published her first book: Master Fibonacci: The Man Who Changed Math, which is a biography of the 13th-century mathematician Leonardo Pisano (aka Fibonacci) as well as an introductory survey of math history.

With four grown children and an empty nest, Shelley travels whenever she can and hopes someday to be able to take her five grandchildren on trips with her around the world. Her most fervent prayer, however, is that they will come to know and love the Lord personally, trusting in Him always, as she does, and as her life verse says: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

Board of Directors

Operation Care International - Susie Jennings

Ms. Susie Y. Jennings, R.N.

Founder and President

Susie Yanson Jennings is Founder and President of Operation Care International. A Registered Nurse by profession since 1978, Susie stepped out in faith and obedience to God’s calling leading to her resignation from a supervisory position at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas in January 2011. She then became a full time missionary to those in need. Susie continues to lead OCI with the help of a board of directors and a multitude of volunteers.

Susie joined First Baptist Church Dallas in 1982, within months of arriving in the United States from her home in the Philippines. She received invaluable Biblical knowledge under the teaching of the legendary Dr. W.A. Criswell, one of the godliest men she has known. She taught preschoolers for twenty (20) years at her church.

Desiring to serve God and her community after the tragic death of her husband, God called Susie 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.

Her guiding principle for the vision of OCI is in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Operation Care International - Bruce Butler

Rev. Bruce Butler

Chairman of the Board

Bruce J. Butler is the new CEO of Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Dallas. Bruce, a native Texan, started his volunteer service at UGM in 1990 as a kitchen worker and a chapel provider. In 1993, he preached his first sermons in the UGM Chapel. In the same year, Bruce was elected to their Board of Directors.

Bruce graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s Degree in taxation and an undergraduate in accounting. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditors. Bruce was also a member of the TSPCA’s and the Institute of Internal Auditors, and was elected as treasurer of the Denton Baptist Association in 2012.

Bruce also earned his Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, Bruce greatly enjoys his role as Pastor of Victory Fellowship Church in Denton, Texas.

Bruce lives in Denton with his wife of 33 years Sharon who works as a CPA in the U.S. Treasury Department. They have one son, Bruce J. Butler, II who is now in college, enrolled at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bruce’s desire is to win the best, encourage the weak and lonely, and be a significant help to Operation Care in reaching out to the world.

His favorite verse is Psalm 46:1-2, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change.”

Operation Care International - Michelle Welch

Mrs. Michelle Welch

Secretary

Board member Michelle Welch began her service with Operation Care in 2011 by volunteering in the ministry warehouse and by participating in the annual Christmas Gift for the Homeless for several years. She joined other volunteers in washing the feet of homeless men and women and in caring for their personal and spiritual needs.

In 2014 Michelle traveled with the Operation Care team to the Holy Land as part of Feed the 5,000, an evangelism outreach to Israel. As parents of four daughters, she and her husband Don are active in Covenant Church, where Michelle praises with the choir and is a leader in Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program. Her ministry background includes volunteering with Kairos Prison Ministry International, Via de Cristo, and Epiphany, a ministry to incarcerated youth. She has been the manager of Valero and Country Stores for twenty years.

Michelle’s favorite scripture, I Peter 2:9, illustrates her devotion to serving Christ and ministering to the needs of His people:
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possessions, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

Operation Care International - Dave Lo

Mr. Dave Lo

Treasurer

Dave Lo, the newest member of our Board of Directors, started serving the homeless by handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in downtown Dallas. He has been volunteering for Operation Care International since the second Christmas Gift event and wants to bring his many years of knowledge and experience as an independent Financial Adviser as well as the compassion and servant-leadership he practices as the founder and director of Community Outreach for Lily of the Valley Community Outreach in Collin County to this ministry.

Dave is newly married but was previously a widower of 4 and 1/2 yrs. His newly wed wife Sissi works for a Chinese Investment firm in Houston. He has two girls and a boy. His first daughter is working in finance at Bank of America, his second daughter a college sophomore studying to be a medical doctor and his son, a 10th grader in high school.

Dave’s goal in life is to be a vessel made of gold and silver for the Lord to use. He hopes to be able to obey the Lord’s 2 greatest commandments, and to allow ministry, like Operation Care, help mold him to be more like Christ.

Dave has two favorite verses. The first is Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” and the second is Psalm 127:1 and 2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it, Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. In vain, you rise up early, and sit up late, toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those whom He loves.”

Operation Care International - Burgundy Eaton

Mrs. Burgundy Eaton

Member at Large

When Burgundy Bearden Eaton came to Operation Care as a volunteer from First Baptist Church of Dallas, she told Susie Jennings, “You are living my dream.” She had always wanted to serve in missions, but after marriage and the responsibilities of a growing family, Burgundy decided her mission field would be right here at home.

Now blessed with four grown daughters and seven grandchildren, she considers it a blessing to be part of OCI’s team of volunteers.

Burgundy has a varied work background, including traveling for BMS Cat, Inc. and working in banking with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas . As a resident of Coppell, she has served on PTO boards for many Coppell ISD schools and has helped open three elementary schools.

Growing up in Lubbock, Burgundy was exposed to the preaching of Dr. W.A. Criswell, whose teaching greatly influenced her spiritual life. She determined that if her family ever lived in the Dallas area they would drive to First Baptist Church, whatever the distance. After her husband was transferred to Coppell, Burgundy joined the church and has volunteered many years as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. In 2003, she joined other church members who boarded a bus to help out at a charitable Christmas event. It was not until 15 years later when reading the book, ”31 Days of Mountain Top Miracles”, she realized her group of volunteers had been partnering with Susie Jennings, the event’s founder.

Burgundy’s dream of serving in missions came true when she realized she could do missionary work at her home church and in this city. She considers helping the homeless by serving on the board for Operation Care to be an answer to her heart’s prayer.

Burgundy’s favorite scripture, Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Operation Care International - Joseph Cook

Mr. Joseph Cook

Board Member

Joseph is involved in street ministry in the DFW area and is passionate about reaching the lost for Jesus. Joseph fell in love with Operation Care and their mission while serving on their prayer team, while evangelizing with Mike in street outreaches, when participating in the One Day event in December 2020 and the 2021 Banquets of Love, and when he was featured on Operation Care’s very own By Faith broadcast.

Joseph has a background in developing Artificial Intelligence architecture for Fortune One Hundred companies. While in Uganda, God called Joseph to use all of his gifts for the Kingdom. Upon returning, he quit his job and started PsycAImore, a non-profit tech consulting firm with a Kingdom Mission.

As part of the Operation Care Board, Joseph uses his technical expertise and heart for the lost to advance the mission of Operation Care International “to connect impoverished children and the homeless to Jesus Christ by providing for their spiritual and physical needs through God’s provisions both at home and abroad.”

Joseph’s favorite Bible verse is this one: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13) because —in a world riddled with hopelessness—we have the answer. His name is Jesus!

Operation Care International - Vince Nelson

Mr. Vince Nelson

Managing Partner, ARNO Wealth

Vince Nelson served the homeless and orphans internationally while he served as a pastor in ministry for seventeen years; he focused on building businesses in other countries to fund orphanages, churches, and the homeless. Making a change from vocational ministry to business, Vince continued his work with the homeless and underprivileged teens in Fort Worth at Texans Can Academies, helping to raise money for both their academic and daily living needs. Now a Managing Partner of Arno Wealth Management and the Church Guys, Vince uses his financial background to help build financial legacies that focus on investments back into local communities to help those in need.

Vince and his beautiful wife Bethany enjoy traveling and backpacking the world; in every visited country, they partner with local missions to make a difference. The adventurers have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiked the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas and the Kalalau trail in Kauai, and seen many other beautiful parts of the world. When not traveling, they enjoy their five children and five grandchildren.

Vince is the author of Child of the King, chronicling his personal journey of discovering the incredible value and worth of each person, and he and Bethany co-authored the bestselling relationship book The Truth and Love Journey.

Romans 4:17-18 shapes Vince’s worldview; it reminds him that when we’re following God’s lead, no matter how dark the situation looks, there is life-giving hope ahead.

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God Who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”(Romans 4:17-18)

Operation Care International - Katie Andy

Mrs. Katie Andy

Sr. Loan Officer, InterLinc Mortgage Services, LLC

Katie Andy first met Susie Jennings at Fellowship Power Lunch in 2016; she was inspired to action by Susie’s story and her book, 31 Days of Mountaintop Miracles. Katie signed up that year to volunteer at the Christmas Party for Jesus and has volunteered each year since, usually serving in the Family/Children’s foot washing station. Having grown up in poverty as a young child, she understands the importance and significance having a new pair of shoes can have on a child.

In 2018 Katie introduced Susie to InterLinc Family Foundation, created by the CEO of her company to help at risk and impoverished youth Operation Care International has since received a grant from InterLinc Family Foundation to help purchase coats and shoes for the children attending the annual Christmas party.

Married since 2015, Katie and her husband, Andy, are proud parents of Brianna, Ubong, and Sofia and grandparents to Ava, Layla, and Clea. Andy is from Nigeria; he and Katie believe God created us to collaborate, cooperate, and communicate with all nations and to be His hands and feet in the world. The couple began a scholarship foundation in 2019 to sponsor a young man and a young woman each year to attend university; they currently sponsor Esther and Isaac, who are halfway through their programs.

Katie’s leans on her favorite scripture daily, Psalm 91, which is a reminder to her of all God has brought her through and what He is still doing.

Advisory Board

Dr. Bron Barkley
Minister of Outreach
The Nathaniel Foundation

Ms. Catherine Benavidez
President and CEO
IMO Injury Management Organization

Mrs. Tanya Bramblett
Owner
Bumper Man, Inc

Mr. Jerry Carmody
President
The Carmody Group

Mr. Robert Castellano
Principal Consulting Engineer
Nokia

Mr. Joshua Christian
Board Certified Faith Based Counselor
Bible Based Counseling

Mr. Scot Clevenger
Senior Vice President
McDonald Realty Group

Ms. Dianne Etheredge
President
Etheredge Design Associates

Dr. Ron Harris
Founder/ President
Media Alliances International

Dr. O.S. Hawkins
President/ CEO
Guidestone Financial Resources

Mr. Al Hewitt
Residential Mortgage Loan Originator
Premier Nationwide Lending

Mr. Bob Higley
Vice President
Affiliate Relations, TCT Network

Mrs. Donna Skell
Executive Director
Roaring Lambs

Mr. Steve Pitzner
Adviser
Counsel Attorney
Kenneth G. Wincorn, P.C.

Ms. Christina McCracken-Nussle
Lawyer
Gordon and Rees, LLC

Mr. Wayne Musgrave
Retired, CEO, El Chico Corp.

Mrs. Suellen Roberts
Founder/ President
Christian Women in Media

Rev. Jack Shaw
Founder/ President
Best Leadership Group, Inc.

Mr. James “Jim” Spalding
Real Estate Agent
Infinity Real Estate

Dr. Thelma Wells
Speaker/Author
Founder of Women of God Ministries
Women of Faith Speaker

What We Believe: A Statement of Faith

  • We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, and that it is the ONLY infallible and authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is ONLY one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ possessed all the attributes of Deity, and was equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, but in accordance with the will of the Father, voluntarily took on human form, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, provided a vicarious and atoning death, was bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father. (Acts 1:3)
  • We believe that the ONLY means to be cleansed from sin is through saving faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ, which was shed for us when He died on the cross. Salvation is available to whosoever receives His grace by trusting in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit woos sinners, drawing them to Christ, and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation. Through the in-filling power of the Holy Spirit, the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to receive His church in the clouds and take them with Him to Heaven. Sometime thereafter He and His bride will return to this earth in power and glory to set up His kingdom. Thereafter everyone will experience a bodily resurrection at the final judgment. Those saved by Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God. Those who have died in their sins will experience eternal punishment.
  • Because of OCI’s unwavering belief in the Holy Scriptures as God’s inerrant Word:
    1. OCI believes in the sanctity of marriage, and recognizes and accepts only the Biblical model for marriage that being one man and one woman coming together for life, in the inseparable union described in Gen. 2:24-25 and Ephesians 5:22-33.
    2. OCI also believes in the sanctity of life, recognizing that the Word of God teaches that human life begins at conception, and that man has no right to terminate such a life, whether the person in question is in the womb of his or her mother, or an old and enfeebled person who can no longer care for themselves. Any such taking of a human life should be considered murder and a violation of God’s law.

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