– 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.”
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.
On January 1 of this year, the Eklere project began in the Samaritan’s Purse office in Haiti to help equip, mobilize, and unify churches in the wake of natural disasters. Eklere is a Creole word meaning “to bring light or illuminate.” The Samaritan’s Purse team in Haiti aims to empower local churches to come together and support their community. In 2021, the team’s objective is to work with 50 churches and 100 church leaders to spread the light of Christ.
“I’m guilty of being a visionary, so when I close my eyes and I see Haiti in 10 years, I see 100 percent of churches that are implementing projects as needed according to Samaritan’s Purse stewardship of resources—responding and being the light as we’re called to be in Scripture.” – Kendell Kauffeldt
Samaritan’s Purse country offices around the world are building programs to meet physical and spiritual needs. However, the ministry is also actively responding to needs in the U.S. Since January, Samaritan’s Purse has launched two Emergency Field Hospitals on opposite ends of the country in response to COVID-19. Kristy visited the first hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina, during its construction phase. She speaks with Cameron Clark, a DART member on the build team, about relying on God to complete the job well.
“It is truly the body of Christ in action. We couldn’t do it without each part working together. Sometimes when we have a lack, He can show up even more—it’s just that obedience and the body of Christ working together.” – Kristy Graham
Just one week after the North Carolina Emergency Field Hospital was deployed, Samaritan’s Purse flew another hospital across the country to Los Angeles County, California. Hospitals in the area were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and in need of help. Samaritan’s Purse constructed a 54-bed specialized Emergency Field Hospital in the parking lot of Antelope Valley Hospital to help treat COVID-19 patients.
Along with two field hospitals, Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries has been hard at work to help homeowners in the wake of disasters. January 26, a tornado whipped through Jefferson County, Alabama. Less than 24 hours after the storm, Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground to bring assistance to the devastated community.
These are just a few of the many projects that have begun in 2021. Samaritan’s Purse has already witnessed God’s hand of blessing this year, and we pray that we will continue to meet the needs of vulnerable people around the world. Thank you for your prayers and support as the ministry continues to help in Jesus’ Name.