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50 Years of Ministry

Surgical Teams Provide Life-Changing Operations

Being born with a cleft lip in South Sudan usually means a lifetime of shame. Many people in the country believe that the facial deformity is the result of a curse and treat those with a cleft lip as outcasts. Samaritans Purse began a cleft lip and palate surgical project in 2011 to send volunteer…

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Operation Christmas Child

By Volunteering, She Became a Prayer Warrior

“Prayer is such a central piece of Operation Christmas Child. It supports all parts of the organization. It’s that underpinning to make sure everything else runs smoothly,” said Nancy Osborn, prayer coordinator for the Maine West team of year-round volunteers in the Portland area. A resident of Falmouth, Maine, Nancy works full-time as an inventory…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Faith on the Front Lines of Coronavirus

UPDATE: A more recent story from Italy has published. See “Hands of Comfort, Care Reach Out During Pandemic.” — Twenty seconds. A lot can be accomplished in 20 seconds. As Samaritan’s Purse medical staff repeatedly wash their hands at our field hospital in Italy, they’ve also dedicated that 20 seconds to intentionally praying for each…

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Operation Christmas Child

Missouri Volunteer Motivated by Jesus’ Last Words

Springfield area resident fulfills dream to reach children for Christ through Operation Christmas Child. Jill Cobb of Mountain View, Missouri, does what she does because she’s focused on Christ’s final words on earth, which begin: “Go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19, NKJV). She volunteers as an area coordinator for Operation Christmas…

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Health & Medical Ministries

Restoring Sight in South Sudan

When Yinat went to his garden to gather sorghum he did not expect such an ordinary day would deal him such a dreadful incident. A spitting cobra lurking among the plants attacked and spit not once, but twice in Yinat’s eyes. That was 20 years ago, and Yinat hadn’t seen well ever since. He developed…

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Health & Medical Ministries

Brand-New Smiles Reflect God’s Love in Action

Children born with a cleft lip or palate in Peten, Guatemala, are unlikely to have it repaired. Most parents are unable to afford the necessary surgery or travel the nearly nine-hour journey to Guatemala City to receive care. For a few families that situation changed for the better recently when a volunteer medical team from…

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Health & Medical Ministries

The Power of Being Present

Anyone who has survived medical school knows the experience can feel like a perpetual marathon—a grueling four years of mental and physical weariness—followed by another round of three to seven years of residency training. So when Dr. Daniel Dyer needed a break from the books, he looked for a place where he could put his…

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Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

Changing Lives One Seed at a Time

Tucked away in the lush greenery of Grand-Goâve, Haiti, are dozens of bean fields ready to be harvested. Nore and his fellow farmers planted the beans three months ago, and now their family and friends are helping them with the harvest. Harvesting beans involves pulling the full-grown plants from the ground and plucking off each…

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Health & Medical Ministries

Glorifying God in Ethiopia

As first-time volunteers with World Medical Mission, Drs. Mark and Melisa Agness didn’t have any lofty goals when they arrived at Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia last fall. They simply wanted to minister to patients and staff and make whatever difference they could. Not only did the experience exceed their expectations, but the California couple…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Ebola Treatment Center Now Open in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Samaritan’s Purse opened an 18-bed Ebola treatment center in Komanda in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Jan. 17. Medical teams are ensuring the comfort and expert care of every patient as they serve in Jesus’ Name. “By coming to treat people with this difficult disease, we as Christians are showing God’s love…

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