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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, International, International Relief, Religion

Mission: 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 Gods love through His son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Programs: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD/THE GREATEST JOURNEY The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Each year, the project mobilizes over 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2010, more than 11 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family. INTERNATIONAL CRISIS RESPONSE Samaritan’s Purse specializes in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster, and famine in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local churches and ministry partners. Recent efforts include responding to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Mosul, Iraq, by providing food, shelter and other supplies, and operating an emergency field hospital to treat patients injured by gunfire, mines, and other explosives. Samaritan’s Purse also distributed emergency supplies to earthquake victims in Nepal and Ecuador, and continues to help people in Liberia recover from the Ebola outbreak. U.S. DISASTER RELIEF Since 1998, when Samaritan’s Purse equipped its first Disaster Relief Unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 34,000 families impacted by U.S. natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and ice storms—by quickly providing emergency supplies and cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding homes. WORLD MEDICAL MISSION Each year, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse places hundreds of doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals in voluntary, short-term service with hospitals and clinics in the world’s least-developed countries. World Medical Mission also provides hospitals overseas with critical medical equipment and supplies. CHILDREN’S HEART PROJECT Children's Heart Project arranges life-saving operations for hundreds of children who live in countries where the required medical expertise and equipment are not available. Since 1997, Children's Heart Project has arranged cardiac operations for more than 1,200 children. OPERATION HEAL OUR PATRIOTS Operation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars that help strengthen their relationships with God and others, while enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at our Alaskan wilderness lodge. We continue to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority. Since 2012, 843 couples have participated in the program with 398 rededicating their marriages to the Lord and 342 coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

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Rating: 5

Integrity, compassion and accountability are hallmarks of this organization. First responders during both domestic and international disasters, Samaritans Purse strives to be first to offer assistance as a tangible expression of God's love. Projects under its umbrella include Operation Christmas Child, Children's Heart Project, World Medical Mission and many others.


Board Member

Rating: 4

It happens that in life, when we have seen the love ones dying too soon, it takes time to overcome the pain. It has happened to almost everybody and only time heals.
It was indeed difficult for me to accept that my 7 year old son Jephté also called Jeff, died from malaria while waiting for medical assistance in a queue at the public hospital. Jeff looked better in the morning, I thought he would have a quick test and he would be given some anti malaria tablets and he will be ok, so the mother should take him to the hospital, I will run to my office to my supervisor and asked for a permission and meet them at the hospital. When I met the company supervisor he told me to program " those 2 computers" and I would be free to go to the hospital for my son. After just an hour an half, there was a messenger who was at the gate of the company, he called the reception who put him through to my phone extension, the sad message is Jeff my son passed away. I just stood up and told my supervisor, my son just passed away. Within 5 minutes sweat as if I was beaten by the rains! I rushed to the cab station and hired the first taxi as " express" unbelievable! Jeff passed way and there was no room in the mortuary to keep his body there and his body was taken home to my bungalow waiting for burial! Jeff was buried in my back yard. It was hard to have loose my dad David a former school teacher, and six months later I lost my son. My pain and sorrow got worse the next day after from 4: am remembering both my dad and my son " leaving me here" when I shed tears for two hours at Jeff's tomb. Later on I prayed, and told God when you help me, I will help many of those who are in as the same situation as Jeff and David my dad. A month later I was hired as paid volunteer to work in East Timor, I began to save some money, later on I bought the land. God bless me again to have a better contract and took me to Lebanon then to Israel through official training to visit Jesus empty tomb, and birth place Bethlehem. I saved my pay and built a medical center called Kingston-diaspora that can be seen on www.kingstoncaraid.com and facebook.kingston.diaspora . God has been faithful., with 4 ambulances and 1 mobile clinic, our team was able to rescue, and provide medical assistance in emergency before during and after the devastating armed conflict in Central African Republic. The only obstacle was when the majority of muslim rebels ceased our ambulances and vandalized then their adversary called " anti balaka looted the building. At the moment one ambulance is completely writte off, others have clutch and their tires removed. God is faithful, we need your prayers from around the world and also to help us fix and put our ambulances and mobile clinic back on the roads. We have had assistance of Vitamin angels to give vitamins A and deworming tables to malnourished children, however we are unable to provide ambulance assistance in emergency cases and children, elderly people death rates has increased. Thank you for your prayers and support. we look forward to hear from you
God bless all those who will read this message.
Steven Francois G