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.

The Christian Happy Homes program operates six homes in Cambodia and Thailand for children who would otherwise be living in poverty on the street, caring for them from infancy to age 19 in a safe, secure, and loving home. Marg and the team continue to exhibit dedication and passion to educating children the world has overlooked.

Marg was born and raised in Canada but God called her later in life to northern Thailand to serve with Mercy Ministries. As a partner of Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry works to bring hope and healing to abandoned children.

“One thing I love more than anything about being with Samaritan’s Purse is that we can give children a safe home and education,” Marg told Kristy. “Samaritan’s Purse and Mercy Ministries is founded in Biblical ministry. We want to raise these children to be future leaders: an army of leaders bringing the Gospel to Thailand.”

When Kristy was in her early 20s, she had the opportunity to visit Marg at the Christian Happy Homes. Her two-week stay impacted her for a lifetime.

“This is why I want people to hear your story: because you are loving these children and introducing them to Christ,” Kristy says. “Your life and your joy are reflective of what God has done and what you see in others.”

Please continue to pray for Samaritan’s Purse partners around the world as they dedicate their lives to help the hurting.

Scriptures Referenced*

Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”
John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
1 Corinthians 3:6-9, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
Psalm 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Matthew 26:6-13, “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”
James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

*All NASB Translation

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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Clean Water Transforms Lives: World Water Day

Visit our website to learn more about the Samaritan’s Purse projects that provide clean water and promote safe hygiene practices.

– Listen back to our episode, “The Ripple Effect: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back,” to hear Yves’ redemption story: once a boy living in Africa without easy access to water, his life was transformed by the power of the Gospel and a simple shoebox gift.

– Do you want to stay informed about the work of Samaritan’s Purse, prayer alerts, and volunteer opportunities? Sign up to receive our email updates.

This World Water Day, Samaritan’s Purse is recognizing the 2.2 billion people without access to clean water. The ministry is coming alongside communities worldwide to provide sustainable water sources that will impact families for generations to come.
This World Water Day, Samaritan’s Purse is recognizing the 2.2 billion people without access to clean water. The ministry is coming alongside communities worldwide to provide sustainable water sources that will impact families for generations to come.

Show Notes

World Water Day, recognized yearly on March 22, brings awareness to the 2.2 billion people across the globe without access to clean water. An estimated 842,000 people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. Kristy Graham talks with our Samaritan’s Purse staff that implement projects that provide clean water and educate developing communities on health and hygiene practices.

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Marking One Year: Fighting COVID-19 in Central Park

– To find more episodes of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse that cover the ministry’s first responses to COVID-19, dive deeper into March and April 2020 of the podcast.

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of our Disaster Assistance Response Teams in action in Cremona, Italy and New York City.

In April 2020, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital to help meet the overwhelming number of coronavirus cases in New York City—which at that time was considered the epicenter of the pandemic. Since then, the ministry has continued to respond by providing critical medical care to over 900 patients.
In April 2020, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital to help meet the overwhelming number of coronavirus cases in New York City—which at that time was considered the epicenter of the pandemic. Since then, the ministry has continued to respond by providing critical medical care to over 900 patients.

Show Notes

Last year at this time, Samaritan’s Purse launched a response to a brand-new pandemic: the novel Coronavirus. Relying on previous experience with infection prevention control (IPC) from fighting Ebola in 2014, the organization opened up two Emergency Field Hospitals in response to COVID-19: the first in Cremona, Italy and the next in New York City. This special episode looks back at how, one year ago, the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) responded in Central Park, New York City. Kristy Graham introduces you to Ken Isaacs, the vice president of programs and government relations, and Shelly Kelly, an ICU nurse on our DART.

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Let Us Not Grow Weary: 2021

Check out our website for up-to-date stories and information of how God is working through the ministry.

– Go back and listen to our episode, “Building an Emergency Field Hospital: Combating COVID-19 in North Carolina,” to hear how the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team constructs a field hospital in a matter of days.

– To learn how your prayers made an impact in 2020, go back and listen to, “Praising God in 2020: Ministry Prayers and Testimony.”

Samaritan’s Purse began multiple initiatives in 2021 around the world—including two Emergency Field Hospitals in the U.S. in response to rising COVID-19 outbreaks. Please continue to pray for our teams on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name.
Samaritan’s Purse began multiple initiatives in 2021 around the world—including two Emergency Field Hospitals in the U.S. in response to rising COVID-19 outbreaks. Please continue to pray for our teams on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name.

Show Notes

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.”

Only a few weeks into 2021, Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers have launched multiple initiatives to meet needs around the world. Kristy Graham shares about the array of projects that the ministry started this year—highlighting Samaritan’s Purse teams that are working harder than ever to bring God’s love to the ends of the Earth. As the episode begins, Kristy is joined by Kendell Kauffelt, the director of team wellness and field support, as he presents the newest ministry project in Haiti.

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Feeding Families in Crisis: Colombia

Read more testimonies of how God is working through Samaritan’s Purse to provide relief for families on the Colombia-Venezuela border.

Follow us on Instagram to meet individual families impacted by the Samaritan’s Purse Colombia projects.

In Colombia, Samaritan’s Purse is providing food, shelter, and hygiene items to weary Venezuelan families migrating on foot to find a better life.
In Colombia, Samaritan’s Purse is providing food, shelter, and hygiene items to weary Venezuelan families migrating on foot to find a better life.

Show Notes

Due to one of the largest migration crises in Latin American history, Venezuelan men, women, and children are fleeing by the thousands to find a better life. Samaritan’s Purse is working at the border in Colombia and has established shelters along the migrant route to provide food, hygiene items, and a safe place to sleep for these families.

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Building an Emergency Field Hospital: Combating COVID-19 in North Carolina

– Visit our website for more updates and stories of how God is working in our North Carolina Emergency Field Hospital.

– Pray for the Samaritan’s Purse DART as they assemble an Emergency Field Hospital in Los Angeles County in response to COVID-19.

– Go back and listen to our episode “Inside the Hot Zone: Fighting COVID-19 in the Bahamas,” to hear patient and medical personnel share stories from our field hospital in the Bahamas.

Kristy Graham interviews members of the disaster assistance response team to learn more about the logistics and teamwork required to build an Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina.
Kristy Graham interviews members of the disaster assistance response team to learn more about the logistics and teamwork required to build an Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina.

Show Notes

On New Year’s Day, Samaritan’s Purse transported a 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital from our warehouse to Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina to help with the surge of COVID-19. Samaritan’s Purse is supporting five hospital systems in North Carolina that are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

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Praising God in 2020: Ministry Prayers and Testimony

– See God at work in 2020 through our year-end photo highlights.

– For more behind the scenes content, follow us on Instagram.

– Do you want to know more about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Learn more about having peace with God.

In July of this year, Kristy met nine children from Mongolia who received life-saving heart surgery in the U.S. through Children’s Heart Project. COVID-19 prolonged their stay, but God used the time for both physical and spiritual healing. Tune in to "Healed Hearts: Nine Children Return Home to Mongolia," to hear how God touched each child, mother, and translator.
In July of this year, Kristy met nine children from Mongolia who received life-saving heart surgery in the U.S. through Children’s Heart Project. COVID-19 prolonged their stay, but God used the time for both physical and spiritual healing. Tune in to “Healed Hearts: Nine Children Return Home to Mongolia,” to hear how God touched each child, mother, and translator.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse. As we wrap 2020, we know the work of Samaritan’s Purse could not be accomplished without your prayer and God’s provision. Hear from members of our staff as numerous departments share how your prayers have made an eternal impact on their work. Be encouraged as the ministry lifts up On the Ground listeners in prayer for the coming year.

“One of the goals of this podcast is to allow you a glimpse into the work around the world. As a team, we want you to know how your prayers are specifically making a difference. Ultimately, they impact the work in the field, but it takes many unnamed people to make the work happen.” – Kristy Graham

Making an Eternal Impact: Gifts for Families Around the World

– Discover 37 gifts of hope in the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog to give this holiday season.

Follow us on Instagram to see more behind-the-scenes photos of the people and projects impacted by Christmas Catalog gifts.

– Check out our website to see the ways God is currently working through Samaritan’s Purse across the globe.

– Kristy’s family’s favorite gift items this year!

Show Notes

Each year, Samaritan’s Purse creates a Christmas Catalog that highlights various programs that meet both physical and spiritual needs around the world. Kristy gathered her kids around their kitchen table to pick out their favorite gifts—teaching them about the power of blessing others. After their conversation, Kristy heard from a few of our field staff to gain perspective on how each gift creates a ripple effect.

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