Samaritan’s Purse Brings Hope

Samaritan’s Purse Brings Hope

Samaritan’s Purse (SP) is a non-denomination Christian organization that is dedicated to bringing hope to people in need around the world since 1970.  Teams trained by SP work in crisis areas to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of victims of poverty, war, famine, natural disaster and disease.

One of the more prominent services of Samaritan’s Purse is Operation Christmas Child.  Children in remote areas that are under-served are presented with a decorated shoe box filled with toys, personal hygiene items, paper and pencils.  The gift boxes may be the only gift a child has ever received.  Most of these kids have nothing to call their own.  Consequently they are overjoyed to receive a special gift and know that someone cares about them!  These boxes are put together by churches, groups and individuals all over the world with the distribution and delivery coordinated by Samaritan’s Purse.

I was especially touched by the recent story of a US doctor that contracted Ebola while he was serving as a medical missionary at ELWA Hospital in Liberia through the Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program, coordinated through World Medical Mission, according to an SP blog post dated October 11, 2014.  While we sit comfortably in our homes and communities, there are volunteers unselfishly working in an orphanage, drilling a new water well, feeding the hungry, working on construction projects, helping veterans, responding to a crisis, teaching new life skills, giving medical help, and much more.  We can’t all drop everything and go fill these needs, but we can support SP financially. supports SP not only because of all of the projects they successfully administer, but also because 87% of the money contributed goes to the people in need. Samaritan’s Purse is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

Carol Barrett

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