Samaritan’s Purse Blog

Wrestling for Life

Refugees in South Sudan wrestle with life's challenges, but many have come to find joy in Christ

As David Abbi began to teach his Bible literacy lesson, he knew the two dozen adult students would identify with Abram’s journey from his home country in Haran to the land of Canaan. For them, it wasn’t just a story from the pages of Genesis. They had lived a similar journey—departing a home they had known and loved and setting out into a world of the unknown, fraught with difficulties, danger, and suffering. “God told Abram to take his family and move to a new location,” David told the … [Read more...]

The Shadow of Death

Thirteen Ebola survivors share their stories

In March 2014, Ebola virus disease was first reported in Liberia. The epidemic’s epicenter was Lofa County, nearly 300 miles from the capital and most populous city, Monrovia. As a result of traditional burial practices, a lack of leadership and healthcare, and denial, Ebola quickly spread. More than 4,800 Liberians died as a result of the disease. … [Read more...]

The Magnitude of Love

Our Emergency Field Hospital team brings physical and spiritual healing to earthquake survivors in Ecuador

On Saturday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., families were cooking dinner, children were playing outside, and most were enjoying their normal weekend routine. They had no idea that this Saturday evening would soon deliver a devastating and deadly jolt. Just before 7 p.m., a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the northern coast of Ecuador. It claimed 660 lives, injured more than 4,500 people, and leveled thousands of buildings. … [Read more...]

Caring for Bodies & Souls

Maternal and Child Health Programs in Cambodia

In the 1970s, the militant Khmer Rouge tore through Cambodia and wiped out a generation of educated citizens. In the aftermath of the genocide, many women were left in the dark, struggling without any basic knowledge of how to take care of their children. … [Read more...]

Pursuing a Higher Calling

Two families moved to Nepal to save lives. Along the way, their lives were transformed too.

Two years ago, the O'Keefes and the Riggsbees left their comfortable lives in the United States to follow the Great Physician's call to the Himalayan Mountains. Their destination-Tansen Mission Hospital in southern Nepal. … [Read more...]

Water Is Life

See our work in South Sudan for World Water Day 2016

The United Nations declared March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, to help draw attention to the vital importance of fresh, clean water. According to the U.N., some 2 billion people across the globe drink unsafe water. And every day, more than 1,000 children die from water-borne illnesses caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. … [Read more...]

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...]