Samaritan’s Purse Blog

The Perfect Mix of Servants

The Perfect Mix of Servants

David Elliot volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief as part of the Site Leadership Team. He recently served in Michigan. When I found out Samaritan's Purse was responding to flooding in Oakland County, Michigan, I strongly felt that God was calling me to respond. Without even knowing I had made the decision to go, a prayer warrior friend sent me Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, … [Read more...]

Soccer Combats Gang Violence

Soccer Combats Gang Violence

Moises Ayala is the soccer program coordinator in Honduras. Chotepe is a dangerous area controlled by gangs. Many children in the city have relatives or friends who have already joined, and they often recruit the kids. Once part of the group, youth learn to steal, do drugs, and commit murders. If they refuse, they’re at risk of being murdered. They can’t move out of the community because the gang members would likely harm their relatives. The local churches are the only means to avoid … [Read more...]

The Road to La Tonnel

The First Road in Zorange

Words by James Paul, program supervisor with the Samaritan's Purse construction and demolition team in Haiti. Images by Heidi Shannon, an intern with our office in Haiti The road to La Tonnel was one project we felt compelled to do. It seemed that everything that happened there was God’s way of testing and pushing us toward His goal and will for these people. As I stood and looked from below, I saw a pile of mountains, a huge obstacle. It made me think of when Moses … [Read more...]

A Gift for Sunday Schools in the Philippines


Lloyd Abrenica works with the Samaritan’s Purse ministry team in the Philippines. He recently interviewed two women who completed children’s ministry training with Samaritan’s Purse. A Note from Lloyd: Children’s Ministry 101 training was used to show Sunday school teachers and leaders how to teach kids in their Sunday school ministries in their churches. The teachers learned songs, dance moves, and techniques and new ideas in managing children. In the second part of the training, we … [Read more...]

Sharing God’s Compassion


Robinson Masongo is the senior program manager for water, sanitation, and hygiene in Kenya. “And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34, NKJV). Pastor Simon Tsuma hails from Mazola village in Kenya, where Samaritan’s Purse constructed and installed BioSand household filters about four years ago. His village also benefited from water … [Read more...]

The Walk Alongside Araon


Courtney Keen, a staff writer for Samaritan's Purse, recently spent a week covering our work in Honduras. I don’t want to write about Araon. It’s hard. It hurts. I don’t want to write about Araon because his life is too big for my fingers on the keyboard. But those reasons aren’t good enough. His story needs to be told. It's a story about Immanuel, “God With Us.” God with us in a hospital room. God with a mother and a missionary doctor. God with us reading these words and bearing one … [Read more...]

Searching Wholeheartedly

Searching Wholeheartedly

Carola Contreras is the Children’s Heart Project coordinator in Bolivia.  This is the story of Adriana, an 8-year-old girl who witnessed God’s saving hand in her sister’s life through the Children’s Heart Project. Lupita, Adriana’s older sister, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease at a young age and was told that it could only be corrected through open-heart surgery. Unfortunately, due to the lack of resources and medical expertise in Bolivia, an operation of that magnitude would … [Read more...]

Teaching Churches to Live out Their Faith


Keith Anderson recently completed an internship with Samaritan’s Purse in Mozambique. Day: Wednesday Time: 11 a.m. Place: Godide, Gaza Province, Mozambique Event: Graduation day! It’s been a long road for the pastors and church leaders who have gathered to officially finalize their time with Samaritan’s Purse. For months now, they’ve been training with Samaritan’s Purse pastors and learning about the Bible, leadership, and how to touch their communities with the Gospel. “The … [Read more...]

The Love of a Father

Love of a Father

Keith Anderson recently completed an internship with Samaritan’s Purse in Mozambique.  “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27a, NASB). Once upon a time, a grandfather and his grandson lived together in a hut on the outskirts of their village. Life wasn’t easy. The grandson had a condition that kept him out of school and made it impossible to lead a normal life. The grandfather, now old and … [Read more...]

Making Disciples at Heart Camp

Children's Heart Project Heart Camp

Emily Arneson was the Children’s Heart Project manager in Mongolia for three years. She now works in the U.S. as the assistant director of the program. Children who have congenital heart defects in Mongolia have few options for surgery. But more than 320 Mongolian children have received another chance at life through open-heart surgery or interventional cardiac catheterization with Children’s Heart Project. This is probably the second greatest gift they will ever receive and one that saves … [Read more...]