Samaritan’s Purse Blog


Yielding to God’s Provisions

Yielding to God's Provision

Josh Anderson is a Samaritan’s Purse staff writer. He recently traveled to Kenya with staff photographer David Morrison to record some of what God is doing through our work in this part of East Africa. Over the course of 11 days, they saw a variety of farming, forestry, water, and discipleship projects that are bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to poor and disadvantaged people throughout the country. My wife’s grandfather spent nearly six decades farming 400 acres of land in rural Iowa. From … [Read more...]


Follow the Tree

Follow the Tree

Rebekah Price is the information officer in the Samaritan’s Purse Philippines office. Shelter remains one of the greatest needs on the island of Leyte since Typhoon Yolanda. High winds and a powerful storm surge damaged or destroyed many homes, leaving people with little to no shelter. Samaritan’s Purse is responding to that need by creating and distributing shelter kits. These kits include lumber, nails, tarp, and corrugated galvanized iron. Samaritan’s Purse partners with another … [Read more...]


An Important Role in the Body of Christ

An Important Role in the Body of Christ

Chelsea Charping is a staff writer who visited the Philippines in November 2013 to cover Samaritan’s Purse work after Typhoon Haiyan. Recently my husband asked, “If you could do anything in the world, what would you want to do?” “As crazy as it sounds, I’d want to do what I’m doing right now,” I said. “Our organization helps people. It’s a life or death difference. And not only that, but we’re following God’s command to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’ There’s only one thing I would … [Read more...]


A Playground in Camp Arbat

A Playground for Camp Arbat

Hannah Hamrick is working as the child protection program manager with our team in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Last fall, the Samaritan’s Purse team installed three large pieces of playground equipment in Arbat Camp. A crowd of children gathered to watch as we installed everything and spread loads of dirt to cover the rocky surface. They lined the sides of the playground, sitting and watching, some waiting for the entire day. Their excitement grew with each passing hour. Every now … [Read more...]


Tears of Hope in Vietnam

Tears of Hope in Vietnam

Randy Bishop is a Samaritan’s Purse staff writer. He recently traveled to Vietnam with staff photographer David Uttley to record just a little of what God is doing through our work in the resilient country. Over the course of 11 days, they saw a variety of projects bringing relief and hope to the poor, the disadvantaged, and the disabled. Touring Samaritan’s Purse projects in Vietnam was an amazing whirlwind experience. From the rugged northwest highlands where we have medical, agricultural, … [Read more...]


Hope in a Foreign Land

Hope in a Foreign Land

Geoff MacNeill is the project coordinator for the Samaritan’s Purse food assistance program for refugees in Uganda. Suffering is a difficult thing to go through and observe. I recently lost a dear friend, colleague, and great man of faith while climbing Mount Kenya this past Christmas. He was the former Samaritan’s Purse Liberia finance manager, David MacDonald. His death was the first time I had been in the presence of someone who had just died and experienced the grief from such a sudden … [Read more...]


Unexpected Revelations

Unexpected Revelations

Ross Wood is the area coordinator in Yida. He oversees and manages Samaritan’s Purse staff and programs being implemented in the area. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2, NKJV). Christ often chooses to reveal Himself in strange ways. In June 2013 I nervously shivered and tested the … [Read more...]


A Trip to Komanda

A Trip to Komanda

Andrew Wester is a general intern with Samaritan’s Purse in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eastern Congo is an area heavily afflicted by rebel groups. With these rebels comes conflict, and with conflict comes refugees fleeing from the areas of violence. This past December, Samaritan’s Purse intervened into one of these conflict zones near a village called Komanda. We stepped in to help the refugees who had gathered in the surrounding villages by hosting a fair for non-food items. The … [Read more...]


Five Races for Five Hearts

Five Races for Five Hearts

Mike Beck is the missions pastor at First Baptist Church of Texarkana, Texas. He has served churches in Texas and Arkansas for more than 20 years. His family also served as missionaries in Lisbon, Portugal, for three years. You would think they come from a long line of endurance athletes. But that’s not the case with my boys. Two years ago when we stumbled upon a local kid’s triathlon, we participated as a fluke. We really didn’t know what it was. Our training consisted of watching YouTube … [Read more...]


Nepali Moms

Nepali Moms

Hannah Hough is living in Nepal while her husband works at Tansen Mission Hospital through the Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program. They are both there to serve God and share His love in a mostly Hindu area. Recently, they had their third child. If we thought the learning curve was steep going from one child to two, it’s nothing compared with two children to three.  Oh yeah, but that could partially be because we have to do it now and in another country.  Not only have we forgotten … [Read more...]