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“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.
Beginning in Ethiopia, Kristy sheds light on the current internal conflict leaving nearly 600,000 people displaced and in need of food, water, and shelter. Endegena, the deputy country director for Samaritan’s Purse in Ethiopia, tells Kristy that he grew up in an evangelical family that focused on prayer, hymns, and worship during the Easter season. However, the predominant Eastern Orthodox Church practices liturgical traditions during the 55-day Lent.
“We pray and talk about Ethiopian social and political issues, and our agreement is that the solution is the Gospel: the solution is Jesus.” – Endegena Esayiyas, Ethiopia
In South Sudan, drought, famine, and political conflict are contributing to a massive crisis that affects two-thirds of the population. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has been providing physical and spiritual help through food distribution, livelihood projects, and medical care. Mark Bennett, the country director, shares that the ministry in South Sudan currently has 11 nationalities represented among their team—allowing them to share Easter traditions with one another and the community. Throughout the country, people are looking to Easter as a time of hope and faith through Jesus’ resurrection.
“Easter is a time to remind us that God has a plan, that He rescued us, and that He longs to bring us into his Kingdom.” – Mark Bennett, South Sudan
In the Middle East, Iraqis are facing COVID-19 hardships while still recovering from the brutality of ISIS. Country director Matthew Nowery tells Kristy that God is moving despite the pandemic, and it’s been a reminder that He is in control. Although the country is in turmoil, Iraqi Christians are continuing to anticipate Easter as a time of hope. Wisam, a Samaritan’s Purse area coordinator for Mosul, shares how he grew up going to large Palm Sunday parades and remembers dedicating 40 days to prayer before Easter Sunday.
“We all know as Christians that Jesus Christ will return and we know He has the victory in the end. That’s what this Easter is about—reminding ourselves to look up to Jesus, our hope.” – Matthew Nowery, Iraq
While each country celebrates Easter differently, the reason for the celebration is the same: God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to atone for the sins of the world. Christians are joining together to worship our Savior. As we remember Jesus’ resurrection, please continue to join us in prayer for God’s people around the world this Easter.