Come and See: Saving Lives through Surgery

It takes three hours in the operating room to set a broken leg and even less than that to mend a cleft lip. In today’s episode, join Kristy Graham as she speaks with Samaritan’s Purse medical specialists and shares stories of patients in Malawi and South Sudan. Both the orthopedic and cleft lip surgeries are transformational to every patient—allowing them to return to work, provide for their families, go back to school, and begin a new life.

– Learn more about the 23 orthopedic surgeries that Samaritan’s Purse performed this year in Malawi at the Nhakoma Mission Hospital.

– See photos and read stories about the patients that were transformed by the cleft lip procedures provided in South Sudan.

– Are you interested in diving deeper into the Good News of Salvation? Visit the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Show Notes

“It doesn’t happen in our world, but it happens in the world,” shares Jill Gerber, a nurse that has been serving with Samaritan’s Purse for 11 years.

In this episode, Kristy Graham sheds light on two projects within the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog that are transforming lives: support a mission hospital and mend a cleft lip. Many developing countries don’t have access to proper medical care, which causes a devastating ripple effect in hurting communities.

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Adoption Awareness Month: Orphan Care and Family Support


In honor of National Adoption Month this November, Kristy shares specific ways that Samaritan’s Purse provides orphan care and her family’s personal adoptive story. She speaks with the directors from orphanages that Samaritan’s Purse supports to hear testimonies of children’s lives forever changed. Kristy also sheds light on the need for adoptive family support and shares ways to pray for those affected by the orphan crisis.

– Discover more information on how the Samaritan’s Purse Greta Home and Academy provides a Christian environment for orphaned children in Haiti.

– Find out more about the Christian Happy Homes through Mercy Ministries and how they are raising orphans with God’s love in Thailand and Cambodia.

– One way to support orphans around the world is by packing a shoebox through Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child! These boxes are delivered to orphanages with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

– Learn more about the Good News of Salvation by visiting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Show Notes

James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

November is National Adoption Month, which aims to bring awareness to vulnerable children that are abandoned, neglected, or orphaned. In today’s episode, Kristy shares how Samaritan’s Purse is supporting orphans, coming alongside adoptive families and sharing God’s love with the next generation. She also invites her husband, Edward Graham, to help share their own adoptive story.

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Honoring Veterans Day: A Lifetime of Service


We have nearly 100 veterans serving at Samaritan’s Purse, but God allows us to help hundreds more through Operation Heal Our Patriots—a ministry that brings wounded veterans and their spouses to a week-long retreat in Alaska. This Veterans Day, Kristy highlights opportunities that the ministry provides for veterans who have a heart to serve.

Discover more information on the life-changing ministry of Operation Heal Our Patriots and how it continues to restore marriages.

– Are you a service member from a U.S. military branch who has been injured or wounded in active duty after September 11, 2001? Consider applying to Operation Heal Our Patriots for an opportunity of spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment.

– Learn more about the Good News of Salvation by visiting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

– Listen to past episodes that feature Operation Heal Our Patriots:

Show Notes

Veterans Day, remembered annually on November 11, is an opportunity to honor and acknowledge veterans and Gold Star families that have sacrificed for our freedom. We have nearly 100 veterans serving at Samaritan’s Purse, but God allows the ministry to help hundreds more through Operation Heal Our Patriots. This program starts with a week-long marriage retreat in Alaska then continues through ongoing support and family care. In this episode, Kristy Graham sheds light on the ways that Samaritan’s Purse gives opportunities for veterans to fulfill their hearts for service long after their week at Operation Heal Our Patriots comes to a close.

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October Ministry Highlights

This week, Kristy Graham hears from Samaritan’s Purse key leaders to learn more about how we are responding after Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan crisis, and the Haiti earthquake.

Although the news cycle has since turned over and our attention has been focused in other places—one of the incredible things about God is that He doesn’t forget. He is equipping Samaritan’s Purse to continue working in broken places to help people physically and spiritually. This week, Kristy Graham hears from Samaritan’s Purse key leaders to learn more about how we are responding after Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan crisis, and the Haiti earthquake.

– Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities,” to read more about how the ministry is bringing hope to Haiti during a time of crisis.

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of how Samaritan’s Purse is helping people in Jesus’ Name.

Show Notes

As the world is constantly changing and we are receiving new updates every hour, Samaritan’s Purse is not only responding to events as they arise, but faithfully staying until the need is met. Kristy Graham hears from three ministry leaders about our work in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, Virginia to aid Afghan refugees, and Haiti after the earthquake.

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A Lasting Impact: The Global Internship Program

Every summer, spring, and fall, Samaritan’s Purse offers competitive, Gospel-focused internships. In this episode, Kristy hears from a handful of this year’s interns, as well as the ministry’s vice president of human resources to dive deeper into the program and its impact throughout our organization. Through intentional mentorship from supervisors, managers, and coworkers, interns have the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith and skillset.

Apply for the Samaritan’s Purse 2022 summer internship season to be a part of bringing relief and the hope of the Gospel to hurting people. Applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 1, 2022.

– Check out our website to learn more about how both domestic and international interns are making an eternal difference.

– Read Serving God in Colombia to hear a past intern’s experience serving overseas.

Show Notes

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

Since 2013, Samaritan’s Purse has offered competitive, Gospel-focused internships for students around the globe. In this episode, Kristy take a closer look at the robust program and the impact that it has across the ministry. She hears from this year’s summer interns, Parker Primrose and Joelle Gates-Bassett, along with Cindy Rutz, the vice president of Human Resources.

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Finding God in the Floorboards: Operation Christmas Child

Izabella McMillon received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox when she was a 13-year-old living in communist Romania. The simple shoebox was a source of hope and led her to give her life to the Lord. Izabella, who now works for Samaritan’s Purse as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, shares with Kristy about her experience growing up in a communist country and how her faith was sealed through a shoebox.
Izabella McMillon received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox when she was a 13-year-old living in communist Romania. The simple shoebox was a source of hope and led her to give her life to the Lord. Izabella, who now works for Samaritan’s Purse as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, shares with Kristy about her experience growing up in a communist country and how her faith was sealed through a shoebox.

– Watch Izabella McMillon’s Full Circle Story with Operation Child as she explains where her story with the ministry first began.

Find out more information on how to pack a shoebox, drop-off locations, free materials, and building a shoebox online on our Samaritan’s Purse website.

Show Notes

To kick off the Operation Christmas Child season, Kristy speaks with Izabella McMillon, who received a shoebox as a child growing up in communist Romania. Now serving as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, she shares her story and equips other shoebox recipients to do the same.

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The Headlines: Hurricane Ida Causes Mass Devastation

On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone.
On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone.

– Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ in Louisiana! Check out SPvolunteer.org to see how you can serve.

– Visit our website to read more stories about how our team is encouraging families in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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Show Notes

Two weeks ago, on August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida’s path took a devastating turn as it barreled toward the southeastern border of Louisiana. The Category 4 storm unearthed trees, homes, and communities as it spread through the Greater New Orleans area. All the while, Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief teams were tracking the storm and standing by to assess the damage.

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Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2001, is a somber anniversary of the day that changed the United States forever. In this reflective episode, we honor and remember the lives that were lost on 9/11 and those who defended our freedom in the wars that followed. Kristy Graham offers personal reflections and shares Billy Graham’s address to the nation in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks.

– Watch Billy Graham’s 9/11 Message at the National Cathedral only days following the attacks.

– Call the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) 24-hour Prayer Line at 888-388-2683, if you’d like prayer and support during this somber 9/11 anniversary.

Show Notes

September 11, 2001, marks the solemn day when the United States experienced the worst terrorist attack on our own soil. On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse is pausing to reflect, honor, and remember those who were lost on 9/11, as well as those that served and gave their lives while protecting our nation’s freedom in the wars that followed.

Kristy Graham opens the episode with her thoughts and condolences regarding the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She tells listeners that her hope and prayer through this remembrance is that the United States can once again be united. Kristy then shares her grandfather-in-law Billy Graham’s address to the country at the National Cathedral.

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The Headlines: 5 Minutes in 4 Places

News is changing by the hour. All around the world, people are experiencing unthinkable devastation, and Samaritan’s Purse is in the middle of it—helping in Jesus’ Name. Kristy Graham asks key leaders to share current updates from our work with Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, COVID-19 outbreaks in Mississippi, the earthquake in Haiti, and the crisis in Afghanistan.
– Check out our episode called, “After the Shock: Haiti Earthquake,” to hear stories from our Disaster Assistance Response Team and the beneficiaries we’re helping on the ground in Haiti.

– Listen to “In the News – Responding to the Afghanistan Crisis.” Kristy shares how Samaritan’s Purse was able to quickly mobilize critical relief supplies and disaster responders to help care for families in the wake of the heartbreaking events in Afghanistan.

– Read “Staff, Trucks on the Ground in Louisiana After Hurricane Ida,” to learn how to pray more specifically for victims of the hurricane and our teams on the ground.

– To volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief, visit spvolunteer.org to learn about how you can help alongside us in Jesus’ Name.

Show Notes

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.”

Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In recent days, Samaritan’s Purse has been responding to simultaneous disasters affecting families around the world. Kristy Graham sits down with strategic leaders in the ministry to share updates on how we’re helping after Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, rising COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tragedy in Afghanistan.

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After the Shock: Haiti Earthquake

On Saturday, August 14, the world awoke to the devastating news of an earthquake hitting the southern coast of Haiti. The next day, Samaritan’s Purse airlifted disaster response specialists and critical relief supplies to provide help to families in urgent need. Kristy talks with team members and beneficiaries on the ground to hear the latest updates.

– Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities,” to learn more about how the ministry is bringing hope to Haiti during a time of crisis, and how you can get involved.

– Follow us on Instagram to see the Samaritan’s Purse response team bring help to hurting people in Haiti.

– Go back and listen to our episode called, “In the News – Haiti Earthquake,” to hear how Samaritan’s Purse was able to respond at a moment’s notice to the earthquake in Haiti.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us in another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. On August 14, Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake—compounding more devastation to the already hurting country. In the weeks prior, Haiti was experiencing extreme turmoil with their president’s assassination and rising gang activity. In the hours after the earthquake, Samaritan’s Purse sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) along with 31 tons of relief supplies to provide immediate help. In this episode, Kristy connects with several DART members who are currently on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name.

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