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Like Little Children

Like Little Children

Pastor Obed Mukanirwa is the ministry coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our ministry team helps church leaders through discipleship training, seminars, and a three-month portable Bible school. Before the Bible school program closed in August, we distributed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to 100 children from local churches and the surrounding areas. GET INVOLVED: Now is the time to pack shoeboxes that … [Read more...]

Five Ways Chickens Can Change a Life

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Keith Anderson recently completed an internship with Samaritan’s Purse in Mozambique. Samaritan’s Purse staff members working in Mozambique are heavily involved with animal projects, working with chickens, cows, and even goats. Focused on community development, these livestock programs seek to provide wholesome sources of food, financial security, transportation, farming capabilities, and the list goes on. But what actually changes for families that receive these animals? In the province … [Read more...]

Small Mercies

Small Mercies

Arianna Shirk is a World Medical Mission doctor sent by Samaritan’s Purse through the Post-Residency Program to serve at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. In the chaos of a move to another continent, we’ve seen small mercies … … in the last wedding that we photographed being full of laughter and golden light, a perfect farewell to the career that has carried us for 10 years. … in a friend willing to fly to Baltimore to ease the exhaustion of our last 20 hour drive before our flight and … [Read more...]

Restoring Health in the Philippines

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Gerardale Ann Balintec is the nutrition program manager in the Philippines I met Rosanna a month after Typhoon Haiyan. She lived in Santa Fe, a small and impoverished town with one of the highest malnutrition rates in the entire Philippines. She had a baby bump and thin arms. Her mid upper arm circumference was just 19 centimeters, a leading indicator of malnutrition. Pregnant and lactating women should measure above 21 centimeters. She was unkempt with a wild look in her eyes. The toll of … [Read more...]

From Poverty to Happiness

From Poverty to Happiness

Ly Hun lives in a small village in northwestern Cambodia. Samaritan’s Purse gave BioSand water filters to several members of his community. Before I received the BioSand filter, I spent a lot of money on drinking water. When Samaritan’s Purse came to my village to install the filters, I was eager to try it. The filter sifts water through sand and gravel to remove contaminates. Now I save 360,000 Riel (around $88) per month from not having to buy water. I know the filter is important for … [Read more...]

A New Livelihood in Old Age

A New Livelihood in Old Age

Meda Paganda lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her husband and seven children. They recently received goats from Samaritan’s Purse. After the Second Congo War ended in 2003, fighting continued between various groups. Because of the violence surrounding the rebellion, my husband, our children, and I had to flee our home. After that, we lived off of subsistence farming and raising chickens. We tried to rebuild our lives, but another war came in 2013. We were stripped of … [Read more...]

Making Memories Real

Making Memories Real

Cliff and his wife, Joan, are Samaritan’s Purse supporters. This past Christmas, they decided to involve their grandchildren. We had a family reunion in December at a mountain retreat in the Colorado Rockies and wanted to make it a really special time that all would remember. My wife and I have five children and nine grandchildren. The youngest is only a few weeks old, while the other grandchildren range from 7 to 14. One day, a Samaritan’s Purse catalog came in the mail. It offered gifts … [Read more...]

Feeding Hungry Families Through Nutrition and Agriculture

Nutrition and Agriculture Feed Hungry Families

Marie Hanyie is a 23-year-old mother of four in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Samaritan’s Purse program is helping her provide for her children. I have four children, and they’re repeatedly malnourished. They’re close in age, and there’s not enough food in our household. We have such trouble taking care of ourselves because the war stripped us of all our property and put our lives on a decline. Recently I met a Samaritan’s Purse team that supports Nyankunde Hospital. Thanks to … [Read more...]

Creating Equality in Women’s Health

Creating Equality in Women's Health

Today is Blog Action Day, which focuses on bringing together bloggers from different areas to write about an important global topic on the same day. Cindy Uttley, the community health advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, writes about the inequality women in developing countries face while seeking medical care. Moving with my family to Bangladesh as an 8-year-old girl was my first introduction to the inequities of this world. I remember walking to school, passing girls my age and younger … [Read more...]

Winter is Coming for Displaced Iraqis

Winter is Coming for Displaced Iraqis

Written by a Samaritan’s Purse staff member in Iraq Our Samaritan’s Purse team in northern Iraq has been distributing kerosene heaters and blankets to refugees who fled to Duhok, a mountain-encircled city in the Autonomous Republic of Kurdistan. We discovered a whole village of Chaldean Christians who had found shelter in one of the public buildings. There were nursing women, turbaned men, and cavorting children. Families sat on thin mattresses strewn across the marble floors, with … [Read more...]