Ministry Spotlight: Samaritan’s Purse

"Go and do likewise."

The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 resonates through every part of the work Samaritan’s Purse does. From children’s ministries in remote regions of the world to disaster relief right here in the U.S., Samaritan’s Purse is ready to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.

Samaritan’s Purse was founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce after meeting women in China who were living among the lepers and orphans and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them. In 1973 Bob met a young Franklin Graham who was intrigued by Pierce’s stories from the mission field. In 1975 during a six-week mission to Asia, God captured Franklin Graham’s heart for mission work. And in 1979, after Bob Pierce’s passing, Franklin became the President and Chairman of the Board for Samaritan’s Purse. For over 30 years he has led the ministry in following the Biblical example of the Good Samaritan across the globe.

Samaritan’s Purse fulfills their work for the Kingdom by utilizing StudioEnterprise with Advanced CRM and StudioOnline to stay in touch with their donors as well as manage their volunteers and relief operations.

“Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”

A few of the things they do:

World Medical Mission is the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. It was established in 1977 to assist general surgeons who wanted to volunteer for short-term mission trips. As the medical needs around the world expanded so did World Medical Mission. They are now able to place volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. World Medical Mission also staffs a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical mission families.

The International Crisis Response team from Samaritan’s Purse is ready to deploy at any moment whenever and wherever they are needed when disaster strikes. Samaritan’s Purse is equipped to meet the critical needs of victims of conflict, disaster, famine, and epidemics all over the world by providing food, clean water, shelter, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child’s mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The shoeboxes are shipped outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and children living on Native American reservations in the U.S. A huge part of Operation Christmas Child and the discipleship programs they offer is The Greatest Journey. The course was developed by Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to teach children how to know Christ, grow in their faith, and share this Good News with others.

Discipleship, education, and training are more than just teaching and sharing the Gospel. It’s helping children and adults learn to read and write or teaching them skills to help break the cycle of poverty.

Personal Testimony by Frank Smith of DonorDirect:

I recently had the chance to sit down with our founder, Frank Smith, to talk about his trip to Africa with Samaritan’s Purse. While in Africa, he had the chance to see the way Samaritan’s Purse helps with the UN food distribution. But there was a much smaller experience that has truly stayed with him.

"It’s easy to see the large-scale work Samaritan’s Purse does when you see their response teams deployed to areas decimated by natural disasters. But it’s the individual stories that really strike a chord with donors and volunteers.

"It was during lunch at a restaurant with a group of Samaritan’s Purse leadership that the hostess recognized the logo on their shirts and told the group that as a young child she had received a shoebox. Through that shoebox, she was connected with someone she had been looking for - Jesus Christ.

"It’s the interest in individual people Samaritan’s Purse takes that really reinforces how we get to be a part of the effort to bring the Gospel to people who need it. Even though the shoeboxes may seem small, the gifts inside are enormous."

"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.”