Samaritan’s Purse Blog

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...]

Faith Will Burst Out

It will Burst Out

Alan Bobbett is the Samaritan's Purse Country Director in Niger We've been traveling around some of the remote areas in Niger where Samaritan’s Purse is working and have stopped at a tiny village. One of our community development agents, Hama*, lives in this village with his wife, Mariama*, and their new child. We have workers like them who live and work in small communities throughout Niger. Niger is a landlocked West African country continually ranked as one of the poorest in the world. … [Read more...]

Well Repair Leads to Living Water

Revealing God Through Clean Water

Elijah Kihara is the Samaritan's Purse water, sanitation, and hygiene program manager in Kitui, Kenya. When my team found out that a shallow well in Nguuni had broken down, we went to the small village to fix the problem. When the well was drilled in 2004, the community elected a man to be the chairman of the water source. He and others on the committee were supposed to manage and maintain the well. As we were busy working, the chairman arrived and asked us to stop briefly so that he could … [Read more...]

The First Day of School

First Day of School at Greta Academy

Jessica Langevin is the project coordinator for the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti As a child, the first day of school was always my favorite day. I have vivid memories of waking up extra early, packing my lunchbox, and putting on a new pair of shoes and my backpack. I begged my mom to get ready so we could get in the car and start the day. I couldn’t wait to meet my new teacher, see if I was sitting next to my best friend, and reunite with familiar classmates. I was ready to learn, … [Read more...]

God’s Glory Reigns

God's Glory Reigns

Written by Samaritan's Purse staff in South Sudan It’s an unlikely scenario: people from various tribes coming together to seek God’s face for peace in their country. It’s a story about South Sudan that likely won’t be on the cover of newspapers or making media headlines, as fighting and food insecurity continue to be the most popular topics. However, this gathering of people is happening, and it’s a story that should be shared. It’s one that brings glory to The Maker of the Universe … [Read more...]

Clean Water Prevents Disease in Cambodia

Clean Water Prevents Disease in Cambodia

Meas Sam Eath lives in a small village in northwestern Cambodia. Samaritan’s Purse recently gave BioSand filters to several members of his community. I had never thought about whether the water I was drinking was clean. I always drank rainwater during the rainy season, and once it was dry, I drank from the pond. One day my village leader told me that Samaritan’s Purse was contributing BioSand filters in our village, and I didn’t hesitate to register to get one. After one week of … [Read more...]

Leaving a Life of Wandering

Leaving a Life of Wandering

Saleh Mumbute is part of a group of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called pygmies. Like others in his group, he has spent his life as a hunter and gatherer to support his seven children, but recent circumstances introduced hardships into his life. Like other pygmies, I had been living a nomadic lifestyle for a long time, surviving by hunting and gathering. But with recent government regulations on animal protection, along with the invasion of our forest by loggers and those … [Read more...]

God Heals the Brokenhearted

God Heals the Brokenhearted

Mari Krueger traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, this summer to transport a Children’s Heart Project patient As low points go, it was low. We celebrated the end of 2013 with the happy news that our family was finally expanding. But the first week of 2014, the news was different—another miscarriage. We couldn't seem to shake 2013 after all. We approached the one-year anniversary of Isaac's heart surgery and the journey to Atlanta for the worst day of our lives. I felt like I was in a hole. … [Read more...]

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant

Brittney Clark works at Samaritan’s Purse international headquarters as a connection coordinator in the donor ministries department. She and her husband, Jacob, wrote a blog about his bicycle trip across the U.S. to raise money for international relief. Jacob: I bought a one-way ticket for August 28 to San Diego, California. I will turn 30 on October 2, and to celebrate, I want to bicycle around 100 miles per day for 30 days. In San Diego, I will take my bicycle box off the conveyor belt and … [Read more...]