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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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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

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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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 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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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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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

Comforting Widows And Families

Dorothy Grubbs and her sister Florence became anxious as torrents of rain from Hurricane Isaac pounded on the roof of their home in LaPlace, Louisiana. Dorothy weathered Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 without any problem, but two years ago her husband died and now the two sisters had to watch out for each other. Concerns…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Italy: Caring Hands Bring Comfort During Pandemic

“I felt weird, and I started coughing and coughing and coughing,” said Maria, a coronavirus patient at the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Italy. After several days of consistent cough, fever, and lack of appetite, Maria’s husband admitted her to the emergency room at Cremona Hospital, our partner facility in northern Italy’s Lombardy region.…

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50 Years of Ministry

‘Let My Heart be Broken by the Things that Break the Heart of God’

Much of Bob Pierce’s work was in Asia. It was after a visit to suffering children on an island in Korea, he wrote this famous prayer in his Bible: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” In the late 1970s, Samaritan’s Purse helped refugees who were fleeing from…

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