CBC is very thankful for the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, and their variety of ministries to many different areas! We also have the privilege of supporting this ministry both in our prayers, financially, and by participating in sending shoe boxes to children annually.
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV).
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of conflict, disaster, famine, and epidemics throughout the world, often working through ministry partners on the ground. We provide food, water, shelter, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Prepared To Respond
We pre-position supplies in warehouses strategically located around the world so we can quickly respond to crises. When disaster strikes, we deploy Disaster Assistance Response Teams comprised of experienced professionals trained in meeting the needs of disaster victims. Back at international headquarters, our Incident Management Team ensures that supplies are flowing and provides other support to our staff on the ground.
Food And Water
After a disaster, food and water can mean the difference between life and death. We provide emergency food kits that typically include staples such as rice, beans, soy meal, corn, salt, and cooking oil. Contaminated water supplies are purified with packets that remove harmful microorganisms. We install community filtration systems that can purify up to 10,000 gallons per day, enough to provide for 2,500 people.
Quality healthcare is crucial in the days following a crisis. Samaritan’s Purse stocks hospitals and clinics with medicines and supplies, and we also send fully equipped mobile medical teams to reach people who have no other access to medical help.
People who have lost their homes face greater exposure to the elements and the threat of sickness and disease. Samaritan’s Purse provides blankets, tents, poles, and heavy-duty plastic sheeting in disaster situations. We often construct transitional shelters, giving families a place to live while they recover.
A storm or earthquake can leave survivors without the basics of daily life. When Samaritan’s Purse responds we often start by handing out needed supplies, including cooking utensils, hygiene items, blankets, water buckets, and other essentials.
Operation Christmas Child
Bringing gifts and the Gospel to children worldwide
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National Collection Week is Nov. 18–25, 2019.