Connect Your Church to Samaritan’s Purse

Together we can reach hurting people with physical relief and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse connects churches in the United States with churches across the globe as they seek to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission. We want local churches to know how God is working both here and among the nations and then present them with opportunities to get involved.

We invite your church to prayerfully consider supporting us as we help a hurting world in Jesus’ Name.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing both spiritual and physical relief to hurting people around the world. We serve the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse has field offices in 14 countries: Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Cambodia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Greece, Iraq, Haiti, and Bolivia. Our ongoing work focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene; food distribution and nutrition initiatives; livestock and livelihoods training; anti-trafficking programs; maternal and child health; education; and discipleship and evangelism.

In addition, Samaritan’s Purse is ready to immediately respond in Jesus’ Name wherever disaster strikes. Our recent international crisis responses include Bangladesh, where we cared for Rohingya refugees with diphtheria, and the Caribbean, where our relief and rebuild efforts continue following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Samaritan’s Purse also responds to natural disasters throughout the United States and, in some cases, follows up with disaster relief rebuild projects. We also have annual construction projects in remote parts of Alaska.

Through Operation Christmas Child we are working in more than 100 countries. Operation Christmas Child provides local partners, including churches, with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.

The Greatest Journey discipleship program, developed by Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, teaches Operation Christmas Child shoebox recipients how to know Christ, grow in their faith, and share this Good News with others.

World Medical Mission is the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Every year we send out more than 600 volunteer Christian medical personnel to more than 40 mission hospitals around the world.

Our Children’s Heart Project arranges lifesaving operations for children in need from multiple countries, including Mongolia, Uganda, and Bolivia. In Liberia and South Sudan we provide cataracts and cleft lip and palate surgeries.

We are also busy at Samaritan Lodge Alaska every year from May—September as we welcome wounded veterans and their spouses for a week of Biblically based marriage enrichment training through Operation Heal Our Patriots. Our aftercare team follows up with couples during the year through events and personal contact.

Please email or call (800) 528-1980 for information about opportunities to partner directly with a project or disaster response.

Everywhere we go, we seek to partner with local churches to meet spiritual and physical needs in their communities. As we provide relief in disaster and crisis situations, we come alongside local churches to identify people in desperate need and to mobilize the Body of Christ to serve in Jesus’ Name.

For example, after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated islands in the Caribbean, our teams held emergency relief distributions at local churches and provided generators to churches. In northern Iraq, we are encouraging congregations to stand firm in their faith and to continue sharing the Gospel as we rebuild churches destroyed by ISIS.

Samaritan’s Purse helps equip local pastors in Southeast Asia to start small group Bible studies in poor, remote villages. We work with churches in several African countries to offer literacy classes where the Bible is a primary teaching resource.

Operation Christmas Child also relies on local churches in more than 100 countries to advance the Gospel through shoebox outreach events and The Greatest Journey.

These are just a few examples, scratching the surface of how we partner with local churches.

Samaritan’s Purse offers volunteer opportunities for both church groups and individuals during disaster relief responses and rebuild projects, primarily but not exclusively in the United States.

It’s easy for children and youth in your church to serve others in Jesus’ Name through the work of Samaritan’s Purse. Children who pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes can make an eternal impact in the lives of children across the world. They can participate in shoebox packing parties and fundraise for Operation Christmas Child. Youth ages 13 and up, if accompanied by a chaperone, can also volunteer at an Operation Christmas Child processing center.

Youth at least 14 years old, when joined by a parent, can volunteer during Samaritan’s Purse U.S. disaster relief responses. Our teams respond quickly when natural disasters strike and we need an army of volunteers to come alongside hurting homeowners and offer the hope of Jesus Christ.

All contributions designated for specific projects shall be applied to those projects, and we may assess up to 10 percent to be used for administering the gift. Occasionally, we receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need.

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"As a church, we wanted to go where it’s not comfortable and to make bold steps for Christ. Last year, we were part of a vision trip to Iraq and went to the Emergency Field Hospital. We felt convicted to help rebuild houses that were destroyed by ISIS. We have since worked with Samaritan's Purse to fund the building of two homes for Christian families.

I have personally experienced the integrity and value that Samaritan’s Purse adds to a community and the impact they make every day. It’s phenomenal. It’s worth investing time, energy, and money into an organization that can be just about anywhere whenever they are needed. It makes me proud to be part of something like that."

David Neely, Operations and Outreach Pastor, Blue Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, Kansas

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“A few years ago, we had an offering on Christmas Eve and 100 percent went to Samaritan’s Purse to help with the South Sudan refugee crisis. It has been a life-changing experience for our church family to continue that South Sudan project every year. We partnered with Samaritan’s Purse because we know that not only will the humanitarian effort go to help people in South Sudan, but that the hope of Christ will also go to South Sudan.

I recently went to South Sudan with Samaritan’s Purse on a vision trip. I was able to bridge the relationship between my church family in America and the people in need in South Sudan. The spiritual maturity and quality of the Samaritan’s Purse staff I met was nothing short of impressive. They are genuine, sold-out-for-Christ servants.”

Doug Thuen, Senior Pastor, Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta, New Jersey

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Members of your church, whether as individuals or groups, can volunteer on a U.S. disaster relief response and bring compassion and relief to families struggling after a natural disaster. We also could not do this work without our Lighthouse Churches. As a Lighthouse Church, you serve as a home base by housing Samaritan’s Purse volunteers, storing equipment, and helping connect your community with Samaritan’s Purse volunteer opportunities.

Your church can share the Good News of Jesus Christ with children in desperate need by packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, fundraising for Operation Christmas Child, and volunteering at an Operation Christmas Child processing center. We also have seasonal employment opportunities at these processing centers.

Interested in serving internationally? Medical personnel can volunteer through World Medical Mission, and opportunities exist to join a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).


"After Hurricane Harvey, we wanted to engage and help, but we had no way to get there and no idea what to do. Samaritan’s Purse gave me confidence to send people into a disaster zone. I knew we would be trained and the work would be organized and done correctly. I also knew the work would not happen unless it was about Jesus.

Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes on an unprecedented scale. Samaritan’s Purse came [to Texas] for a commitment. This was an opportunity to build relationships in the area affected. Our church wasn’t looking for one-and-done—we were looking for commitment.

Our church shares a kindred spirit with Samaritan’s Purse, because we want the Gospel to be proclaimed. I love how Samaritan’s Purse helps the church to be the church. We wanted to respond in the Name of Christ after Harvey and we didn’t know how. You helped the Bride of Christ to be the hands and feet of Christ.”

John Patterson, Pastor of Missions and Men, Grace Covenant Church, Austin, Texas

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Please pray for Samaritan’s Purse projects that seek to help hurting people in the Name of Jesus. Pray that these projects will be a platform to build relationships and to introduce people to Jesus Christ. Some of our projects include clean water, agriculture and livelihoods, women’s programs, health and medical ministries, and discipleship training.

Please pray for the U.S. disaster relief and international crisis response opportunities of Samaritan’s Purse. Pray that as we meet critical needs for victims of conflicts and disasters we will have many opportunities to share the hope and healing that is only found in Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Samaritan’s Purse staff serving around the world. Pray for God to use them to boldly speak the Gospel.

We would also love to pray for you. If you have a request you'd like us to bring before the Lord on your behalf, let us know. Go to our contact page, select "Prayer Requests" from the drop-down menu, and fill out the form.


"To see how our King orchestrates connections around the world and meets some of the most desperate needs on our planet through Samaritan’s Purse is a joy to me personally. Only eternity will reveal the degree to which our Savior has worked through our friends at Samaritan’s Purse to show a suffering world how much He loves and cares for them!

Senior pastor Brian Biggers, Lamb’s Chapel, Haw River, N.C.

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