Samaritan’s Purse Blog

As the War Rages On

As the War Rages On

Elise Cegielski worked as a communications intern for Samaritan’s Purse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the 11th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Africa. It’s so fertile it could feed a third of the world’s population, and it’s so rich in resources that all the surrounding countries are envious of its land. Since 1996, between the Great African War and continued rebel violence sweeping across the eastern side of … [Read more...]

Praising God for Healing

Pioneer Christian Hospital, Dr. Elliott Tenpenny

Elliott Tenpenny moved to Impfondo, Republic of the Congo, last year with his wife and two sons to serve with World Medical Mission as an emergency medicine physician at Pioneer Christian Hospital. “You need to see this,” the nurse said to me as she abruptly entered my office. A quiet young man entered with a towel wrapped around his arm and began recounting his story. “I was in an accident, and I broke my right arm,” he said. “It was so bad that the bone stuck out through my … [Read more...]

Serving Women with the Love of Christ

Serving Women with the Love of Christ

Olivia Blinn worked as an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia. Equipped with a backpack full of camera gear and a sturdy raincoat, I had the opportunity to document some of the work that Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Kratie Province in Cambodia, including a campaign to build a number of community birthing centers in remote villages launched earlier in the year. Many Cambodian women give birth at home with a traditional midwife, and they are far from medical help if anything goes … [Read more...]

Malnutrition After Rebel Attacks

Malnutrition After Rebel Attacks

Clementine Munjagani is a young mother of five who has suffered at the hands of rebel groups in the Congo. During the war, we left everything we had behind. We had to travel by foot with our children for more than 30 miles. On the road, the rebel militia extorted us of even the little we could carry. Finding food and water to drink was a struggle. I lost my brother, and his son was in desperate need of health care. Intense fatigue, bad weather (unrelenting sun, rain, cold), fear, surprise, … [Read more...]

A New Latrine for a School in Need

A New Latrine for a School in Need

Hang Chinda is the Samaritan's Purse hygiene trainer in Cambodia. Khleng Por School is a three-room schoolhouse located in northwestern Cambodia. The school was built in 1995 and was in need of renovations. When Samaritan’s Purse first came to the community, many people were skeptical of us. But once we shared with them about Jesus Christ and His love, something changed inside their hearts. These days they are kind and friendly, always giving us big smiles and talking with us when we come … [Read more...]

Safe Water and Sanitation in the Philippines

Safe Water and Latrines in the Philippines

Katelyn Holmberg is an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in the Philippines. During my internship, I've had the privilege to be part of two great projects here in Tacloban. The first was fixing a broken septic tank at one of our bunkhouses. Wastewater leaked from cracks in the wall, seeped through the soil, broke the surface, and flowed downhill beneath the bunkhouses. It was a health risk, and we had to fix it. We encased the entire tank with a 20-centimeter thick wall to prevent any … [Read more...]

A Changed Life

A Changed Life

Tocelien Lovely worked as a volunteer with the Samaritan’s Purse Dignity and Education for Children Program. The program helps children from ages 6 to 12 increase their knowledge and application of biblical values and principles. Tocelien is from Leogane, Haiti, and works in the Church Ambassadeur de Sarbousse. Before attending this course, I had low self-esteem because I thought my value depended on my possessions or my knowledge. This way of thinking prevented me from loving myself. Even … [Read more...]

Being a Christian in a Muslim World

Being a Christian in a Muslim World

Amanda Patterson is a communications intern for Samaritan’s Purse in Niger. Pastor Abdoul* lives in a small Hausa village in central Niger. He is Hausa, the predominant people group here, and counts himself like his neighbors in almost every way. His yard is scattered with a variety of livestock. He and his wife have five children with a sixth on the way. They eat all of the local staples, which his wife and a number of other women in their extended family prepare: macaroni with spicy beef … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons to Intern in a Developing Country

Ten Reasons to Intern in a Developing Country

Emily Guebert is a water, sanitation, and hygiene intern serving with Samaritan’s Purse in Haiti. Perspective If you decide to intern in a developing country, it’s likely that people will tell you about the things you’ll have to live without. It’s true that you might be without indoor plumbing, air conditioning, chocolate, or other comforts, but it’s also equally true that you’ll find you may not need most of those things as much as you previously thought. I’m not suggesting that … [Read more...]

When I Was in Need, You Loved Me

When I was in Need, you Loved me

Edward Ball is an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in Uganda. The heart of our church mobilization program is supporting congregations to reach out to neighbors and friends in times of need and share the hope found in Christ. Back home in the U.K., I’d heard no end of talks about the issue—Bible verses about helping widows and orphans in their distress or about giving food and drink and visiting people when they are hungry, thirsty, or in prison. Now, as an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in … [Read more...]