Samaritan’s Purse Blog

Healing Body and Soul

World Medical Mission doctors minister to the sick and suffering in Zambia

In Zambia, only 650 doctors were working between 2000-2010. That's less than one doctor for every 10,000 people in the country. To help meet this critical shortage, World Medical Mission partners with Christian hospitals in Zambia to place volunteer doctors for short-term stints, as well as those serving through our Post-Residency Program. … [Read more...]

Raising Haiti

Where Hurricane Matthew brought destruction God's people bring hope.

Haiti’s southern peninsula likely burns more than any place you’ve been—especially now. The smoke mingles with wafts of decay and ocean air, wreaking a pungent breeze through open windows. You can smell the burning in your sleep, and it wakes you. You can hear and see it night and day—the stripped-bare trees and fields piled high and set ablaze to make way for a new life, again. … [Read more...]

Like Water to a Dry Land

Operation Christmas Child is quenching spiritual thirst in Namibia.

Located just north and west of South Africa, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. It is named after the Namib Desert which means “vast place” in the Damara/Nama tribal language. This more than 30,000 square miles of sand strikingly borders the Atlantic coast. … [Read more...]

Healing Quiet

Samaritan's Purse recently completed construction on a new church in Togiak, Alaska

Even in summer, Togiak, Alaska, is effortlessly quiet, mostly empty of human voices. The stillness is punctuated occasionally by the rattle of all-terrain vehicles, gulls overhead, and that beautifully haunting, hollow call the ravens make from roof crests and lamp posts. A few dogs may bark aimlessly and sometimes a plane lands with a buzz on the airstrip. … [Read more...]

Louisiana Covered by a Flood of Compassion

Liberty University students reach out to disaster victims

An army of 48 Liberty University students recently volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse in Louisiana and worked on homes throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. These students worked long, grueling days tearing out moldy drywall and insulation, cleaning floors, removing damaged furniture, and helping homeowners sort through their belongings. … [Read more...]

Standing with South Sudan

Relief continues to be delivered across this troubled and desperate nation

As gunfire shattered the afternoon quiet on May 11, 2015, Elizabeth quickly picked up her young daughter and started running. The fierce internal conflict that first erupted in 2013—just two years after South Sudan became the world’s newest country—had now spread to where Elizabeth lived in southern Unity State. She was working as a nutrition assistant with Samaritan’s Purse when the fighting broke out. … [Read more...]

Courage Undeterred

A look into the lives of refugees fleeing from Boko Haram

Since their emergence in northeastern Nigeria in 2002, militants in the terrorist organization Boko Haram have set about the task of remaking West Africa into their own image. Seeking to eliminate differing ideologies, they have killed thousands of people of various backgrounds. Often overlooked are the faces of those that survive. Throughout Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, millions of people have fled their homes seeking safety and freedom wherever it can be found. Many of these people … [Read more...]

At Ease

Military couples find rest from the demons of war

Over the course of the summer, 160 combat-wounded veterans and their spouses will make their way to Alaska for a week of marriage enrichment. Through Biblically based marriage classes and excursions in the Alaskan wilderness, couples will have a chance to learn what Godly marriages look like and reconnect as they focus on their relationships together. … [Read more...]

A Time to Embrace

Samaritan's Purse is providing relief to refugees in Greece

Leaving doesn’t mean the stories you’ve lived leave you. “We would play with our friends and then we would go inside and study,” one boy said. “Then the bombing would start and the teachers would hide us and wouldn’t let us leave school until the bombing had stopped.” Then a bomb hit his home. … [Read more...]

Dreaming Big

How Samaritan's Purse transformed an empty field into a fully functioning hospital in the wake of the Ecuador earthquake

In the wake of a disaster, the speed of a response often means the difference between life and death. Samaritan’s Purse maintains a constant state of readiness so that when disasters strike, we can immediately mobilize a response team and bring life-saving care and supplies to those in need. … [Read more...]