What is operation 58? Operation 58 is a self-denial program that runs all year round. It finances the creation of orphanages in Cambodia through the Cambodian Hope Organisation in partnership with Be a Hero Australia.
How does it work? At an operation58 night you covenant to go without something, Coke for instance, so that you can put the money that you would’ve spent in your op58 pig. Once a term we gather together to empty our pigs.
It’s all in the name… Operation 58 is inspired by Isaiah 58 where the Lord declares that he wants “fasting that feeds the poor.” The lord wants self-denial that doesn’t just result in personal piety but meets the needs of vulnerable people.
We think that there is something powerful in a justice initiative that is based in self-denial; that God doesn’t just want action and he doesn’t just want our money but he also wants our hearts.
How effective is it? Less than 100 young people have given $27,000 in fewer than 3 years. We think the results are remarkable, as construction on a 24-bed dormitory has already begun
Why orphanages? Orphanages address a wide range of global issues and needs.