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Running the Race with Endurance

Running the Race with Endurance

Julia Henning is an intern in the Samaritan’s Purse office in Cambodia. Learn more about the race she and her co-workers ran here. When our country director approached me about recruiting Samaritan’s Purse staff to run the Angkor Half Marathon, I was reluctant to take on the task. Though my strengths don’t include coordinating logistics for large numbers of people, I agreed. I thought it would make a good story to say I ran an international half marathon at one of the wonders of the … [Read more...]

Learning to Raise Chickens

Learning to Raise Chickens

Ouean Khun and her husband are beneficiaries of the Samaritan’s Purse project called Seeds of Hope in Cambodia. My family is poor. We depend on harvesting cassava, raising chickens, and selling labor for our income. We used to raise our chickens traditionally, which meant they didn’t have shelter and we didn’t take care of them. Because of the poor conditions, they got diseases, and we weren’t able to sell them. With no chickens to sell, we had a much lower income. The money we did have … [Read more...]

A Water Engineer’s Life

A Water Engineer's Life

Amanda Patterson is a communications intern for Samaritan’s Purse in Niger. One of the most remarkable things about interning abroad in a place where life is not always easy is being able to watch and learn from the staff. Some of these people have lived in their respective countries for a number of years, committing their lives and their families’ lives to working for God’s greater good. Simply put, the Samaritan’s Purse staff members who run the projects that we read and hear about are … [Read more...]

God’s Plans are Perfect

God's Perfect Plan

Iveth Villatoro is the Children’s Heart Project coordinator in Honduras. She recently traveled with a group as an interpreter. I first met Keirita and Alexa and their mothers, Maria and Johana, on the way to the capital of Honduras. We were going to get visas for them so that they could travel to the U.S. Both little girls had life-threatening heart defects that could only be fixed through surgery. That surgery isn’t available here in Honduras, so Children’s Heart Project agreed to … [Read more...]

Seeking God for Peace

Seeking God for Peace

Katelyn Holmberg is an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in the Philippines. For most of the world, Typhoon Haiyan lasted less than a day when it struck the Philippines in November 2013. But for the people of Tacloban, it sometimes feels like the storm has never ended. Even after a year, the impact of the storm lingers as survivors struggle to rebuild their lives. Here in Tacloban, I feel blessed to be used by the Lord to help the survivors of the storm. When I came in August, I wasn’t … [Read more...]

Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance

By one of Samaritan’s Purse Niger’s Community Development Agents Several years ago, a young man we'll call Sani* was granted the rare occasion to be born into a Catholic family in western Niger. But when the young man reached primary school age, his parents decided that in order for him to receive a quality education, he would need to leave the village and live with his uncle in the capital city. Sani’s uncle was a devout and strict Muslim. Thus, like the majority of young men in Niger, … [Read more...]

The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life

James Paul is a staff member with Samaritan’s Purse in Haiti. Life is a beautiful gift that we often mistreat. We’re blinded by personal desires and worldly ambitions. We often complain when we should give thanks, and we cry when we should praise. All over the world, people are without the opportunities we have; yet we only see ourselves. We complain about not having the food we want, but as I work here in Haiti I see people who don't have any food at all. We’ll only drink cold water, but … [Read more...]

Witnessing Change in a Refugee Settlement

Witnessing Change in a Refugee Settlement

Catherine Hauck is a Samaritan’s Purse intern with a sports ministry program in Uganda. When I was offered the position as a sports ministry intern in Uganda, more emotions flooded through my head and heart than I even knew I had. If you’ve left home to serve overseas for a long period, you understand the feeling of leaving your comfort zone and the doubts that come with it. You leave your family, your friends, your fiancé (in my case), your favorite cheeses (also in my case), your … [Read more...]

Learning from a Samaritan’s Purse Internship

Learning from a Samaritan's Purse Internship

Sovannary Cheng was a finance intern in the South Sudan office. Since completing her internship, she has become a field accountant for Samaritan’s Purse. Below is a Q&A describing her experience while she served as an intern and lived in the world’s newest nation. Q: What made you apply to the intern program with Samaritan’s Purse? A: I remember meeting a Samaritan’s Purse staff member when I was a sophomore in college. The way he described Samaritan’s Purse reminded me of other … [Read more...]

Happy Family                

Happy Family

Tin is a beneficiary of a Samaritan’s Purse project in Cambodia that supports healthy families. Editor’s Note: The Strengthening Women and Families Together project works with women to build families that are healthy, among other things. The goal is to break to cycles of domestic violence, oppression, and gender discrimination that are prevalent in Cambodia. Staff members work with women, young girls, and in schools to train and provide opportunities for communities to be empowered. The … [Read more...]