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Teachers Learn the Word of God

Teachers Hear the Word of God

Phan Kunthea is a 33-year-old teacher in Cambodia. She and her husband have taught at Kobthom Primary School for nearly 14 years. I once heard about Jesus in 1997. My husband and I even sometimes attended Christian activities at church, but in the meantime, we didn’t live like we believed The Word of God. I wasn’t really sure about Jesus. When Samaritan’s Purse staff members implemented some water and hygiene programs at our school, they shared with us about Jesus. “Jesus Christ is … [Read more...]

God Changed my Life with a Tornado

God Changed my Life with a Tornado

Tommy Harper has been through all stages of our United States Disaster Relief ministry, from clean up after his house was destroyed to receiving a brand new home. Now he pays it forward by volunteering with us to help others who felt just as lost as him. You never wake up in the morning thinking, “Today is the day my life is going to be turned upside down. Today is the day I am going to lose everything I've worked for my entire life.” On May 22, 2011, at 5:41 p.m., an EF-5 tornado hit … [Read more...]

Taken by the Sea

Taken by the Sea

Kristine Wager is an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in the Philippines. Babatngon is a community near the sea on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Recently, the Samaritan’s Purse construction team helped with assessment of the damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit to see how we could help. More than 60 percent of homes in this community were deemed uninhabitable, and another 20 percent have severe damage after the storm’s rampage on December 6. READ MORE about how Samaritan's Purse is helping … [Read more...]

Why I Went Back to Liberia and Will Again

Ebola

Bev Kauffeldt recently returned to Liberia to serve as the Ebola Response Lead for several weeks. She is married to Kendell, who serves as the Liberia Country Director. They are currently working from North America and desire to return home one day with their two sons. *Warning: Reading this blog may make you feel uncomfortable—I was uncomfortable writing it—and that's OK. “Why? Why are you going back to Liberia?” “Why do you want to be in Liberia?” “Why do you want to go back … [Read more...]

God’s Servants in Iraq

Father Douglas formerly ministered in Baghdad and now cares for a camp of displaced Christians in Erbil.

Randy Bishop is a senior writer for Samaritan’s Purse. He recently traveled to Iraq to cover our relief work. Samaritan’s Purse makes it a priority to partner with local churches wherever we work. Meeting those partners on the field is one of the highlights of my job. I’ve been blessed to meet God’s faithful witnesses in the Philippines, South Sudan, Haiti, and Vietnam. After meeting them, I’ve returned home reinvigorated to sacrifice and encouraged to know God’s Kingdom is expanding. Most … [Read more...]

The Importance of Culture

The Importance of Culture

Amanda Patterson is a Samaritan’s Purse communications intern in Niger. Culture, for most of my life, has been a source of inspiration and enchantment. As defined by Webster's, culture is "the skills, arts, etc., of a given people in a given period." As an undergraduate student, I studied it incessantly. As a graduate student, I lived it and spoke it every day. It’s a gracious gesture, a synchronized dance. It’s a connection between two or more people who seek the same basic human … [Read more...]

Working Together for Clean Water

Working Together for Clean Water

Godfrey Mawaa worked with Samaritan's Purse as the water, sanitation, and hygiene program manager in Tana River, Kenya. From a distance, birds could be heard calling deep into the forest. Crickets chirped, and the crunching of leaves became louder from our laden footsteps. The enormous canopy of indigenous trees covering the sky amazed us. The chairman said we were in the dense part of this Kenyan forest. I was on a trip to survey the most appropriate route for the proposed Shika adabu … [Read more...]

Taking Relief to Those in Need

Traveling to Those in Need

Kristine Wager is an intern with Samaritan's Purse in the Philippines. The Samaritan’s Purse team in the Philippines is in action mode as we prepare to send relief supplies to the areas most affected by Typhoon Hagupit. Reports from Northern Samar indicate that survivors of the storm are in need of medical attention and shelter. It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of homes have been destroyed, leaving inhabitants exposed to the elements and at risk of contracting disease. The scene is … [Read more...]

Preparations and Response for Typhoon Hagupit

Preparations and Response for Typhoon Hagupit

Michael Fryer is a water, sanitation, and hygiene program coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse in the Philippines Saturday, December 6: Preparing for the Worst; Praying for the Best By the time you read this post, Typhoon Hagupit will probably have dissipated, or at least have passed over, but right now I’m holed up in our hotel in downtown Tacloban City waiting for the storm to hit. The outer edges of the typhoon are lashing against the windows now, but so far it’s only a bit more intense … [Read more...]

Haiti’s Great Potential

Haiti’s Great Potential

Deb Go is the water, sanitation, and hygiene program manager in Haiti. The community of Anana sits just off the national road through Petit Goave. The health committee there is an intelligent group of seven men and women with great smiles and an affinity for laughter. They meet in a small church with just enough room for a pulpit and a limited, yet diverse, assortment of benches and chairs. In January, Anana’s health committee used the knowledge and skills they acquired from Samaritan's … [Read more...]