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Discipleship, Education & Training

A Brighter Future for Ebola Widows

Even after the Ebola crisis ended in Liberia, the pain lingered. People returned home from the Ebola Treatment Units to find that their belongings had been taken from their homes and burned. Many found that friends and family had deserted them. Some found that their landlords wouldn’t allow them to return to their homes at…

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Feeding Programs

A Widow in Need

Meresi Ausi is a widow with four children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I’m a widow. Before my husband was killed, my family had a quiet life. But one night, the militia kidnapped him. When they arrived at the river, he was dragged into the water, and we never recovered his body. That…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Widows Give Thanks for Help with Hurricane Cleanup

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR OUR HURRICANE FLORENCE RESPONSE Mary Kerns wasn’t taking any chances. The last time, almost 20 years ago, a major hurricane threatened her hometown, she ended up being rescued out of waist-deep water in her home. So, a week ago, when Hurricane Florence roared into Jacksonville, Mary packed some clothes and…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Aid for a Widowed Refugee

Eva Anite is a refugee from Sudan living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her husband and son are both dead. In my home country of Sudan, the situation was bad, so I fled. I walked more than 1,000 miles, but God gave me the grace to make the journey, and I am here…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

A Widow is Rescued from Labor Trafficking

Try Naisoy is the Samaritan’s Purse migrant access center project coordinator in Cambodia. I briefly met Phoeun and her two children last year when they arrived in a truck of deportees from Thailand at the Samaritan’s Purse migrant access center in Cambodia. Phoeun is a widow who desperately needed work, so she went to work…

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Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

A Widow Grows Healthy

Shalufa Hanakwabo is a displaced widow in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We were forced to flee from our home after a rebel group killed my husband. The war destabilized us, but as rebel groups left the area, we were able to return closer to home. Since 2014, we’ve been living with host families.…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

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…

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Reaches Orphans in Zambia

Children ran around outside the church playing, laughing, and showing off gifts they’d received in their Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The church in this Zambian village had attracted quite a crowd, and people stood across the dusty street trying to get a peek at the excitement. But Judith, who’d brought four of her grandchildren to…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

They Escaped ISIS, Now They Need Our Help

Samaritan’s Purse continues to provide desperately needed relief to fleeing Iraqi families as the battle to liberate Mosul and nearby villages enters its second month. More than 50,000 people have been displaced in the wake of the military offensive, which began October 17. Hundreds of thousands of people may be forced to abandon their homes…

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Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

Livelihoods Project Helps Widow Start a Successful Business

Desiree Carlson recently served as a Samaritan’s Purse intern in the Philippines. “When my husband died, I didn’t know how I was going to raise my two kids without him. The Samaritan’s Purse livelihoods program taught me a way to support my family,” said Rachel Saballa. Rachel is 36 years old and lives in the…

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