Samaritan’s Purse Blog

Surviving the Himalayan Winter

View a photo essay on our airlift of urgently needed winter supplies to mountain villages in Nepal

Thousands of isolated, impoverished villagers in the mountains of Nepal lost their homes and belongings in the catastrophic earthquake of April 2015. Now winter has set in and these families face a new crisis: enduring punishing weather with meager resources. … [Read more...]

Faces of the Faithful

Operation Christmas Child year-round volunteers serve in various roles to aid in the success of the project

Year-round volunteers make Operation Christmas Child possible. In all 50 states and Puerto Rico, more than 9,000 people ranging from youth to retirees serve on area teams that facilitate this Samaritan’s Purse project. Opportunities are available in leadership, church relations, logistics, community relations, media relations, prayer mobilization, administrative support, and student relations. With Operation Christmas Child, there’s a niche for you whatever your gift, life-stage, or location. … [Read more...]

Water Breathes New Life

Mountainous communities in Haiti are renewed through clean water sources

Water and life are harmonious. Water breathes new life—it enlivens and sustains. When we feel cracked and brittle, the sole thought of water allows hope to crescendo. Water replenishes what was once depleted. The mountain communities of Trouin, Haiti, are enveloped in thick, green farmlands. The villages of Lebo, Ka Joj, and Polit are vibrant and lush, but—high in the hills—clean, drinkable water is elusive. The Lord remembers the people who live in each pocket of the world. In … [Read more...]

Una Nueva Sonrisa

Samaritan's Purse brings a new smile to dozens in Bolivia through our Cleft Lip and Palate Program

The Samaritan's Purse cleft lip and palate project expanded from South Sudan into Bolivia in late October, performing 29 free-of-charge surgeries on patients from just a few months old to 45 years of age. … [Read more...]

2015 Year in Pictures

This year's top 26 moments as seen through the lens of our photographers

In 2015, we provided relief to millions of suffering people around the world. As we meet people's physical needs, we also point them to "the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39, NKJV). The photos below represent 26 of our top moments this year.   … [Read more...]

What Happens to Your Shoebox?

The journey from your hands to little hands in need

Thank you so much for your generous giving during National Collection Week! Now that you have sent off your Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts with prayer, they are en route to boys and girls around the world. The first stop in that journey is at one of our eight processing centers located across the United States. Here shoeboxes are inspected and prepared for international shipping. Next they travel by plane, truck, or ship to more than 100 countries and territories where local … [Read more...]

Voyage to a Second Life

“I just want to live in peace.”

A small, nine-meter boat approached slowly from the Turkish coast. As it moved closer to Lesbos Island, it seemed to speed up a bit. Orange blobs turned into human forms. Babies could be heard wailing. Mothers too. Suddenly, men were also yelling for help. … [Read more...]

South Carolina Rising

God has used Samaritan's Purse volunteers to answer the prayers of devastated homeowners.

Historic rains—ominously described as a 1-in-1,000-years-storm—pummeled the Carolinas for five days in early October. Creeks overflowed and dams burst, sending raging torrents of muddy water cascading throughout cities, towns, and rural countrysides. South Carolina took the brunt of the epic downpour that killed 19 people and caused billions of dollars in damage. … [Read more...]

Beyond Beaches

In Fiji, Operation Christmas Child is shining light into spiritual darkness.

Stunning stretches of white sand and the turquoise-blue water of the Pacific mark the island nation of Fiji, but its true beauty goes far beyond what tourists see. God is using Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and the follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, to plant churches in this ethnically and religiously diverse nation. … [Read more...]

Submerged

Photo blog about helping Myanmar flood victims find higher ground

“Is this the hardest thing you’ve been through?” I asked Sawsarwah, a father of six in the delta region of Myanmar. The country experienced its worst flooding on record this summer, and a photographer and I accompanied our organization’s church partners to distribute food in hard-to-reach areas. … [Read more...]