Samaritan’s Purse Blog

Hope is Here to Stay

A choir greeted guests with songs of welcome and joy before the dedication of our new hospital wing in South Sudan.

Shanna McClarnon is Samaritan's Purse Information Officer in South Sudan After an hour and a half plane ride from South Sudan’s capital city of Juba, we were quickly on the ground to celebrate the completion of the Maban County Hospital expansion. As the plane carrying a diverse group of passengers flew over South Sudan’s lush green countryside, excitement began to build with everyone eager to see the finished facility and meet those who worked tirelessly on the project. It held … [Read more...]

Dancing Amid Destruction


Nikki Roberti Miller is a writer who covered the tornado that hit Louisville, Mississippi, in May. It’s hard to find joy during life’s storms—let alone a real one. And yet, we were dancing in an adorable, elderly lady’s driveway. It probably looked odd. Weird even. The tornado had blind-sided Louisville, Mississippi, and the community was reeling. Entire neighborhoods were wiped out. Families were grieving the loss of loved ones. But we still danced, because well, we didn’t have a … [Read more...]

How Agriculture Changed a Life

How Agriculture Changed a Life

Georgette Yate is a beneficiary of a Samaritan’s Purse agricultural program in Mambasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I come from a poor family. I was forced to get married at a young age to a man I didn’t want to marry. When I was pregnant with my fourth child, my husband abandoned me and left me to care for our family. There was a man in my village who offered to help me with the condition that I become his wife. I didn’t have any other options, so I married him. We had one … [Read more...]

Shelter and the Word of God

Shelter and the Word of God

Lloyd Abrenica works with the Samaritan’s Purse ministry team in the Philippines. It was hot and sunny as I traveled to Santa Fe with a group of Bible distributors from Samaritan’s Purse. The task was to distribute a copy of the Bible in the local dialect to people who had received shelter from us. As we arrived in Zone 1 of Santa Fe, I immediately noticed the Samaritan’s Purse tarpaulins. They could be seen in every household. If it wasn’t used as roofing, it was used as walls to cover … [Read more...]

Good News for Emmanuel

Ebola Outbreak

David Torres is the logistics officer for the disaster assistance relief team in the Liberia The anticipation was almost unbearable. All the medical personnel gathered around the white, plastic table in the Ebola isolation center that had the white board with the status of all the patients. We had just received a text message that announced the results of the blood samples of various patients sent to the lab the previous day were available. I was eagerly waiting for the results for … [Read more...]

More Than a Diploma

More than a Diploma

Jessica Langevin is the project coordinator for the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti. Mamas and Papas decorate the railings with streamers as little mouths blow up big, red balloons. A celebration is about to begin for 13 of the children graduating at the Greta Academy in Léogâne, Haiti. In just a few minutes, the kindergarten class clothed in suits and dresses will walk across the stage, accept their diplomas, and officially become first graders. As the ceremony begins, parents, staff, and … [Read more...]

Working Together to Contain Ebola

Working Together to Contain Ebola

Azaria Marthyman is a doctor who is working with Samaritan’s Purse to help treat Ebola patients in Liberia. After flying across North America, then across the Atlantic Ocean, I finally arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, on July 4. The trip seemed to take forever, with a delayed connecting trans-Atlantic flight due to Hurricane Arthur. More than 20 hours later, I was glad to land in Monrovia after one of the bumpiest commercial airplane rides I have had. Here in Liberia, Samaritan’s Purse … [Read more...]

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

David Torres, the logistics officer for the disaster response team. helps unload medical supplies for the Ebola response.

David Torres is the logistics officer for the disaster assistance relief team in the Liberia I don’t do well around blood. Truth be known, hospitals make me queasy. It’s my weak constitution. When my kids were born, I even had trouble changing their diapers without gagging and stumbling out of their rooms gasping for air. (Thank you again to my wife.) But here I am in hospital (a critical care facility actually) in the remote jungles of northern Liberia at an Ebola outbreak—the worst in … [Read more...]

Teaching the Gospel in Northwest Niger

Teaching the Gospel in Northwest Niger

Brittany Breedlove is the program development officer in the Samaritan’s Purse Niger office.  In Niger, West Africa, there is a unique backdrop for outreach and ministry. Islam is the predominant religion. According to the Joshua Project, only 0.5 percent of the population is Christian and 0.14 percent is evangelical. Yet religious freedom and tolerance is widely respected, and the majority of the population is open and hospitable toward Christians. Many people in rural villages have never … [Read more...]

Wrestling with Ebola


By Dr. Lance Plyler, leader of the Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team battling the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. This morning I went through the painstaking and meticulous ritual of properly donning multiple pieces of personal protective equipment in order to care for patients who have been stricken with the deadly Ebola virus and admitted to the Foya Case Management Center (CMC). The center lies in Lofa County, Liberia, in close proximity to the borders of Guinea and Sierra … [Read more...]