Samaritan’s Purse Blog


What I’ve Learned from Typhoon Survivors

What I Learned from Typhoon Survivors

Lucia Lam was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has worked with many Filipinos in both places but never imagined she would move to the Philippines until Typhoon Haiyan. She is working with Samaritan’s Purse as a general program manager. In February, I spent two mornings visiting several Samaritan’s Purse food distribution sites in Palo and Tanauan, municipalities hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan. Until February 28, our food teams distributed bags of rice to an … [Read more...]


Assisting Farmers in Niger

Assisting Local Farmers in Niger

Ramatou Nouhou is the nutrition educator for Samaritan’s Purse Niger. Ilomi Yamba is a 30-year-old woman with a husband and five children. Sometimes, her family doesn’t have enough water to drink. At other times, the rain pours down so hard that it floods the fields and destroys their crops. Life is difficult in Gueisdoundou, Niger. Samaritan’s Purse decided to help families like Ilomi’s by teaching farmers about nutrition and daily hygiene. The community is receptive, likely because there … [Read more...]


The Cross at Egbe Hospital

The Cross at Egbe Hospital

Abby Anderson and her husband, Mark, moved to Nigeria in 2011 to manage the construction portion of the revitalization of a rural teaching hospital supported by Samaritan’s Purse. The original cross at Egbe Hospital fell and sustained irreparable damage, requiring us to build a new one. The new cross not only is a reminder of Christ's sacrifice, but also represents new birth and new life, just like the revitalization project. Reverend S.O. Babawarun is a native to Egbe and a retired … [Read more...]


Yielding to God’s Provisions

Yielding to God's Provision

Josh Anderson is a Samaritan’s Purse staff writer. He recently traveled to Kenya with staff photographer David Morrison to record some of what God is doing through our work in this part of East Africa. Over the course of 11 days, they saw a variety of farming, forestry, water, and discipleship projects that are bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to poor and disadvantaged people throughout the country. My wife’s grandfather spent nearly six decades farming 400 acres of land in rural Iowa. From … [Read more...]


Follow the Tree

Follow the Tree

Rebekah Price is the information officer in the Samaritan’s Purse Philippines office. Shelter remains one of the greatest needs on the island of Leyte since Typhoon Yolanda. High winds and a powerful storm surge damaged or destroyed many homes, leaving people with little to no shelter. Samaritan’s Purse is responding to that need by creating and distributing shelter kits. These kits include lumber, nails, tarp, and corrugated galvanized iron. Samaritan’s Purse partners with another … [Read more...]


An Important Role in the Body of Christ

An Important Role in the Body of Christ

Chelsea Charping is a staff writer who visited the Philippines in November 2013 to cover Samaritan’s Purse work after Typhoon Haiyan. Recently my husband asked, “If you could do anything in the world, what would you want to do?” “As crazy as it sounds, I’d want to do what I’m doing right now,” I said. “Our organization helps people. It’s a life or death difference. And not only that, but we’re following God’s command to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’ There’s only one thing I would … [Read more...]


A Playground in Camp Arbat

A Playground for Camp Arbat

Hannah Hamrick is working as the child protection program manager with our team in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Last fall, the Samaritan’s Purse team installed three large pieces of playground equipment in Arbat Camp. A crowd of children gathered to watch as we installed everything and spread loads of dirt to cover the rocky surface. They lined the sides of the playground, sitting and watching, some waiting for the entire day. Their excitement grew with each passing hour. Every now … [Read more...]


Tears of Hope in Vietnam

Tears of Hope in Vietnam

Randy Bishop is a Samaritan’s Purse staff writer. He recently traveled to Vietnam with staff photographer David Uttley to record just a little of what God is doing through our work in the resilient country. Over the course of 11 days, they saw a variety of projects bringing relief and hope to the poor, the disadvantaged, and the disabled. Touring Samaritan’s Purse projects in Vietnam was an amazing whirlwind experience. From the rugged northwest highlands where we have medical, agricultural, … [Read more...]


Hope in a Foreign Land

Hope in a Foreign Land

Geoff MacNeill is the project coordinator for the Samaritan’s Purse food assistance program for refugees in Uganda. Suffering is a difficult thing to go through and observe. I recently lost a dear friend, colleague, and great man of faith while climbing Mount Kenya this past Christmas. He was the former Samaritan’s Purse Liberia finance manager, David MacDonald. His death was the first time I had been in the presence of someone who had just died and experienced the grief from such a sudden … [Read more...]


Unexpected Revelations

Unexpected Revelations

Ross Wood is the area coordinator in Yida. He oversees and manages Samaritan’s Purse staff and programs being implemented in the area. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2, NKJV). Christ often chooses to reveal Himself in strange ways. In June 2013 I nervously shivered and tested the … [Read more...]