Samaritan’s Purse Blog

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...]


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...]

Refined by Fire

Persecution strengthens the church in Niger

The sign at the round point simply says Eglise Évangélique Baptiste, but locals know it by its landmark. Cars zoom around the busy round point, barely taking notice of the huge church towering on the corner. It was built by American missionaries in 1929, long before Niger’s independence from France. The missionaries brought materials from the U.S., and locals brought rocks from the river to plant a church among new converts in the city. … [Read more...]

A Time and Place to Heal

Operation Heal Our Patriots provides Bible-based marriage enrichment training in Alaska to wounded military personnel and their spouses

Operation Heal Our Patriots Since 2012, Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan's Purse, has been providing Bible-based marriage enrichment training in Alaska to military couples dealing with post-9/11 combat injuries. One hundred and sixty couples—10 each week for 16 weeks—are scheduled to travel to our wilderness lodge between May 31 and September 18 this year. By the end of the summer season, the program will have served a total of well more than 500 couples in the past four … [Read more...]

The Black Hole of Africa

A traveling Bible school shines light on the border of the Congolese jungle

UNDER THE MID-MORNING SUN, the people of Mapedi village gather. Forty-six students don their shirts and dresses, all made from the same fabric. They march into a tarp-covered shelter. A man in military fatigues leads them in song. The audience claps along. [full-width] [/full-width] [full-width] [/full-width] The northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mapedi is located, is often referred to as "The Black Hole" of Africa because of the … [Read more...]

Images of Disaster from Nepal

Click through this slideshow to see photos as Samaritan's Purse brings aid to earthquake survivors

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Vanuatu Smiles Again

A photo blog shows how Samaritan's Purse is helping bring restoration after Cyclone Pam

Samaritan’s Purse responded within hours when Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc on Vanuatu in March. We deployed jets, barges, boats, helicopters, and trucks full of emergency relief supplies. We hiked hours into the forests with medical care. We ministered to and worshipped alongside people in torn and tattered churches. Thousands of storm victims have already received help, and 30,000 more will receive food over the next several months. … [Read more...]

Delivering Joy in Mexico

Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and The Greatest Journey discipleship lessons bring Good News to children.

Thousands of children in Mexico received a gift they will never forget. Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes brought smiles and joy to many boys and girls. Most importantly, children and their families were given tangible expressions of God's love, and heard about the matchless love of Jesus. Joy Comes in the Morning Alvaro Vazquez Gonzalez and the other evangelical pastors in the Veracruz, Mexico, area give their all for the sake of the Gospel. Their entire life’s purpose is to share … [Read more...]

So Much More Than Cleanup

Samaritan's Purse volunteers brought relief and hope to hundreds after an ice storm crippled a community in Middle Tennessee

The freezing rain began falling from the sky before dawn on Feb. 21. When it finally stopped hours later, up to an inch of ice coated trees and power lines in Monterey, a small town in Middle Tennessee. Limbs began snapping and falling. Roofs, yards, roads, and sidewalks were littered with the debris. "This is the largest disaster Putnam County has had in recorded history," said Brandon Smith, manager of the Emergency Operations Center headquartered in Monterey. Samaritan's Purse responded by … [Read more...]

Something To Smile About

Cleft lip and palate surgeries offer hope and healing

Since 2011, Samaritan’s Purse has been offering an annual round of cleft lip surgeries in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. More than 260 lips have been repaired and, in 2014, the first two cleft palate surgeries were performed. Not only do the free-of-charge surgeries improve patients’ health, they open up new opportunities for them in society. … [Read more...]