Finding Hope in the Middle East

For decades now, the Middle East has suffered from conflict, famine, and war—leaving many without hope. Countless people bear the scars of trauma, but we are seeing God restore families and communities through the work of Samaritan’s Purse. In this eye-opening episode, Kristy Graham describes the magnitude of devastation that communities have witnessed and tells the story of God’s faithfulness in the lives of many hurting people who are in search of peace and healing.

– Follow along on our website and social media where we share powerful testimonies of families in the Middle East.

– To hear other episodes about our work in the Middle East, you can listen to “Inside a Refugee Camp,” and “World Refugee Day: Supporting Families in Iraq.”

– Visit the On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse Instagram page to hear more of Kristy’s personal thoughts and reflections on our Middle East projects.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse. Today, Kristy Graham is taking you behind the scenes to hear how Samaritan’s Purse is working in the Middle East.

For years, families in this region of the world have experienced unimaginable suffering because of war, conflict, famine, drought, and fire. Situated on the historical lands of the Bible, the Middle East is known for its warm hospitality and rich culture. Tragically, countless lives are also marked by trauma, but with God’s direction, Samaritan’s Purse is helping restore their hope.

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World Medical Mission: To the Ends of the Earth

– Learn more about opportunities for medical professionals to serve overseas with World Medical Mission.

– Are you a Christian medical or healthcare professional looking to be refreshed by a time of fellowship and spiritual enrichment? Come learn about medical ministry through Samaritan’s Purse by attending the Prescription for Renewal conference in Orlando, Florida, featuring special guest speakers Former Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Ben Carson, pastor Skip Heitzig, and many others.

– Read how children in Guatemala are receiving “A New Outlook on Life” as their lives and smiles are transformed through World Medical Mission.

For more than 44 years, World Medical Mission has sent doctors, nurses, and medical supplies to provide hope and healing in Jesus’ Name to critically ill patients around the world. Kristy Graham offers an in-depth overview of the ministry, shares stories from remote mission hospitals, and explains the opportunity for evangelism through medicine.

Show Notes

“This is an opportunity to take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. God has told us to go unto the world and to make disciples of all nations. That Great Commission is still in play today, and missionary medicine is one of the great tools for evangelism.” —Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse

In today’s episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, Kristy Graham is taking a deep dive into World Medical Mission, an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse that propels the Gospel forward by meeting physical and spiritual needs. Since 1977, World Medical Mission has leaned on God as its grown to provide a wide variety of opportunities for medical professionals to serve around the world in Jesus’ Name.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Operation Heal Our Patriots

Samaritan’s Purse is celebrating a decade of seeing marriages strengthened, vows renewed, and couples come to Christ through Operation Heal Our Patriots.
Samaritan’s Purse is celebrating a decade of seeing marriages strengthened, vows renewed, and couples come to Christ through Operation Heal Our Patriots.

– Are you or your spouse a service member from a U.S. military branch who has been injured or wounded in active duty after September 11, 2001? Apply to participate in Operation Heal Our Patriots.

Discover more about how Operation Heal Our Patriots is working to strengthen the marriages and faith of our wounded veterans.

– Be encouraged by the latest updates from Alaska. Discover more about how Operation Heal Our Patriots is working to strengthen the marriages and faith of our wounded veterans.

Show Notes

In honor of the Fourth of July, Kristy Graham is taking you on the ground to learn more about Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that is designed to strengthen the marriages of military veterans and their spouses. This year is the tenth year of this life-changing program. Each summer, couples travel to Samaritan Lodge Alaska where they have the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment.
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Disaster Assistance Response Teams: Answering the Call

In war, poverty, famine, disease or natural disaster, the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is committed to meeting physical and spiritual needs around the world.
In war, poverty, famine, disease or natural disaster, the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is committed to meeting physical and spiritual needs around the world.

– Do you feel that God is calling you to be a part of crucial disaster relief with Samaritan’s Purse? Apply to be a member of the DART, Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Read more stories of how God is working through Samaritan’s Purse by visiting our website, www.samaritanspurse.org.

– Listen to “Through the Eyes of DART Nurses” to hear two DART medical professionals who served on the frontlines of COVID-19 reflect on how God sustained them in their darkest moments.

Show Notes

“Disaster Assistance Response Team members are just humble, ordinary servants that keep their eyes on Jesus. It doesn’t mean this work is easy. The storms still come, but because they’re seeking the Lord, they’re able to step out in faith.” —Kristy Graham

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Conversation with Franklin Graham

Kristy sits down with her father-in-law, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, to hear his thoughts on the past year. They discuss celebrating 50 years of ministry in 2020, then how Samaritan’s Purse rapidly pivoted to battling COVID-19. Franklin shares what he’s learned through the years, how he’s praying for America, and how God is molding him each day.
Kristy sits down with her father-in-law, president of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, to hear his thoughts on the past year. They discuss celebrating 50 years of ministry in 2020, then how Samaritan’s Purse rapidly pivoted to battling COVID-19. Franklin shares what he’s learned through the years, how he’s praying for America, and how God is molding him each day.
Visit our website to see how God is continuing to use Samaritan’s Purse to provide hope and healing to families around the world.

– Listen to the following On the Ground podcast episodes to hear how Samaritan’s Purse treated patients with COVID-19 in Italy, New York City, the Bahamas, North Carolina, and LA County.

– Learn more about Franklin Graham and find links to his biography, festivals, book publications, and social media here.

Show Notes

“What I’ve learned over 50 years of ministry is that it’s God. We do it in the name of Jesus, that’s the key,” Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, shares with Kristy.

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Stop, Reflect, Remember: Memorial Day

Samaritan's Purse honors and remembers fallen war heroes and their Gold Star families.
Samaritan’s Purse honors and remembers fallen war heroes and their Gold Star families.

– If you are a Gold Star wife, please consider applying to the “Gold Star Wives Retreat—Let Light Shine Out of Darkness,” hosted by Mark Winton at The Billy Graham Training Center.

– Want more resources and information about Memorial Day? Check out “Operation We Are Here,” for access to facts, videos, articles and observances.

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Motherhood Unites Us All

Follow us on Instagram to take a look behind the scenes of the On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse podcast! This week, you’ll find photos of Grace, Anna and Bethany’s families, as well as the mothers they encounter in their communities.

– Learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse comes alongside mothers around the world by visiting our website: www.samaritanspurse.org.

Read this compelling story from Colombia to learn how Samaritan’s Purse is helping mothers who are bravely fighting to give their children the very best.

Mothers serving with Samaritan’s Purse witness God’s love in action as they serve other families. Grace Nganga works with the ministry in Niger to establish health and nutrition programming that effects moms and their babies.
Mothers serving with Samaritan’s Purse witness God’s love in action as they serve other families. Grace Nganga works with the ministry in Niger to establish health and nutrition programming that effects moms and their babies.

Show Notes

Happy Mother’s Day from On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse!

In this empowering episode, Kristy Graham visits with three mothers serving with Samaritan’s Purse around the world. United by motherhood, each of these women share how God is continually using them in the lives of their children and their local communities.

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Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God: Marg Baker

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of Kristy Graham serving with Marg Baker in Thailand at the Christian Happy Homes.

Visit our website to see how God is continuing to use Samaritan’s Purse to provide hope and healing to families around the world.

– Samaritan’s Purse is honored to partner with Mercy Ministries Foundation where hundreds of abandoned and orphaned children receive care while learning about God’s love.

Show Notes

In this new special feature episode of “Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God,” Kristy interviews Samaritan’s Purse partner Marg Baker, the Director of Mercy Ministries children’s homes in Thailand.

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Through the Eyes of DART Nurses: COVID-19

– Listen to “Marking One Year: Fighting COVID-19 in Central Park” to hear Kristy’s conversation with Shelly Kelly while she was caring for COVID-19 patients in New York City.

– Find encouragement in Kristy’s initial conversation with Ann Galgano in, “Hope in Cremona, Italy.”

Visit our website to see how God is continuing to use Samaritan’s Purse to provide hope and healing to families around the world.

“It's not us who works, it's Christ working through us. I think I learned that resting in Him and allowing his plan to unfold through me was probably the safest place I could be at that time.” -- Shelly Kelly
“It’s not us who works, it’s Christ working through us. I think I learned that resting in Him and allowing his plan to unfold through me was probably the safest place I could be at that time.” — Shelly Kelly, ICU Nurse

Show Notes

It has been one year since Samaritan’s Purse simultaneously deployed two Emergency Field Hospitals to Cremona, Italy and New York City. Both locations were epicenters for the novel coronavirus at the time. As local hospitals became overwhelmed by an influx of patients, Samaritan’s Purse medical staff helped offload some of the burden—treating more than 600 patients at the mobile hospitals, which were specialized as respiratory care units.

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A Beacon of Hope: Easter Around the World

– As we celebrate Easter, be encouraged with this free downloadable PDF with Kristy’s compiled scriptures that focus on Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

Follow us on Instagram to find behind-the-scenes photos and stories about our work around the world.

Visit our website to learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse is providing hope amidst crisis, famine and loss.

He is Risen! Kristy Graham takes you around the world to hear how different countries are celebrating Easter despite extreme hardships. Tune in to hear how Christians are looking to Jesus as their source of hope.
He is Risen! Kristy Graham takes you around the world to hear how different countries are celebrating Easter despite extreme hardships. Tune in to hear how Christians are looking to Jesus as their source of hope.

Show Notes

“and He Himself brought our sins in His body up on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by His wounds you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

Happy Easter from the On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse team! As we celebrate Holy Week and Easter Sunday, Kristy is taking you around the world to experience how different cultures look to Easter as a beacon of hope. Samaritan’s Purse has 17 field offices around the world, and many more nationalities are represented on staff. While each country’s traditions and customs vary, the reason they celebrate is the same. In this joyful episode, listen how Samaritan’s Purse staff from South Sudan, Iraq, and Ethiopia remember Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.

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