Read encouraging stories from our offices around the globe.
Thanks to your support, Samaritan’s Purse is able to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people in more than 130 countries across the globe.
From our headquarters in the UK and our worldwide offices in the United States, Canada, and Australia, our mission is to meet the needs of our victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Healing Where Iraq Hurts
The Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital is treating those wounded in the conflict in Mosul.
- Australia: Praise God for Operation Christmas Child and the great impact it has on children and families. Not only are children blessed with gifts, but they also receive an opportunity to learn about the Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ. Please pray that children, families, and entire communities will come to know our Saviour through shoebox gifts.
- Canada: Pray that God will bring many Christian medical specialists in Canada that are willing and able to serve in Iraq during the next six months, where their skills and testimonies are so urgently needed at the Emergency Field Hospital.
- UK: Please pray for the U.K. medical personnel currently in Mosul working hard to treat patients. As they spend this time away from family and friends, please pray for strength, encouragement, and safety as they serve those suffering in the Name of Jesus.
- USA: Please pray for those who have been displaced by the current conflict in Mosul and for those who are just beginning to rebuild their lives in the recently liberated areas. Also, pray that Mosul’s strong Christian minority will return and play a vital role in the rebuilding of this Iraqi city.
A Tiara for a Princess
A team from Samaritan’s Purse Australia and New Zealand built a primary school for 181 children in rural Cambodia and had the opportunity to distribute Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
One of our local church partners reported: “The community was excited to see the new school building being constructed and brought their children to watch us work. The children played wonderful games, including a rousing game of soccer, prior to the distribution. As the shoeboxes were handed out, the Good News of Jesus Christ was shared, and each child received a beautifully illustrated book containing the story of Jesus.
“A few hours after the distribution, we were delighted to receive a visit on the school grounds by a mother with her beautifully dressed 3-year-old daughter, Srey.* The shoebox she received contained a gorgeous satin white skirt, pink blouse, a lot of wonderful necklaces, and a silver tiara. When Srey was dressed up at home with this beautiful ensemble, she was so joyous that she asked her mother, ‘Please take me back to the strangers so that they can see me with my new clothes and take a photograph.’”
Operation Christmas Child brings Good News, Great Joy—and that is what truly happened for one small Cambodian village.
*Name changed for her protection
Healing the Broken-hearted at Northern Iraq Community Centre
Three years ago, ISIS forced millions of Christians and other religious minorities from their homes. Threatened with death if they did not convert to Islam, thousands were killed and hundreds enslaved.
But since October 2015, a community centre has been offering traumatized Iraqis hope in Jesus’ Name. Classes in carpentry, computers, sewing, photography, and art are offered to build skills needed for employment. There are child-friendly spaces and a playground to help children deal with the pain they’ve experienced from witnessing the horrors of war and violence. And a medical clinic onsite provides general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and pharmaceutical services to the community.
Leyla,* 20, was part of a sewing class of eight women aged 17 to 50. She is thankful for the strong sense of community that came from the class.
“We were just like sisters,” Leyla said. Learning a skill like sewing was also “a benefit for us psychologically.”
Through the Northern Iraq Community Centre, God is also providing opportunities for Christian staff to show the love and compassion of the One who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3, NKJV)
*Name changed for her protection.
A Community Experiences ‘Beautiful Hope’
Pastor Samson’s community was a difficult place to live. There was a heavy sense of pain and loss. HIV was rampant. People were dying.“Every single weekend we had at least 6 to 7 funerals for parents or children being buried,” Samson said. “Our community burial ground is completely full.”
HIV-related deaths in the local area had resulted in nearly 900 orphaned children. Malnutrition and disease were rampant.
Samaritan’s Purse came alongside Pastor Samson and local churches to begin Raising Families, a program designed to inspire community leaders to reach out to the suffering through Scriptures and other practical teaching. As a result, 54 children were adopted, farmers in the community were trained to grow maize, beans, and sweet potato to provide more nutritious food, and malnutrition has been completely eradicated.
“We were able to fully understand the depth of the real problems in our community,” Samson said. “We discovered that we were able to do something about it. We were taught how to identify the most vulnerable in our community and how to address them and engage the church.”
The Raising Families program has been nicknamed ‘Thembelilhe’ by the community, which means ‘Beautiful Hope’.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away,” (Revelation 21:4, NKJV).
A Light in the Darkness
Asim’s* hometown of Mosul was a war zone. The sound of mortars falling, bombs exploding, and sniper shootings became everyday background noise. Despite the terror they lived under, he and his wife fought to maintain a sense of normality for their family. They were enjoying a picnic in their backyard on an unseasonably warm day when the war became personal.
A grenade fell in the middle of their table and permanently changed their lives.
Asim’s wife, son, cousin, aunt, and uncle were all killed in the blast—only Asim and his 6-year-old son, Farhan,* survived.
They arrived at the Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital covered from head to toe in shrapnel wounds. Farhan’s young eyes were haunted as he remembered seeing his mum die right beside him.
“It’s such a burden,” Asim said. “Now I am a father and a mother.”
When nurse Jonie Smitley reunited the father and son, Asim visibly sighed with relief. Tears poured down his cheeks as he cradled his little boy—now his only living family member.
“Thank you,” he uttered over and over again as he took in the severity of his son’s injuries.
As Jonie watched the love of a father unfold, she asked if she could pray for him. When he agreed, she had the opportunity to speak the truth of the Gospel over his life, reminding him that God promises to never leave us. Despite the tragedy and sorrow, a seed of hope was planted.
Samaritan’s Purse medical staff members are a light in a dark place. As they provide life-saving trauma care on the front lines, they are spreading hope by reminding patients that God has a purpose for their lives, even in the tragedy.
*Names have been changed.