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

Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to disasters across the globe. From treating COVID-19 patients in Central Park to supplying food to suffering children in Ethiopia, the DART is a critical component in meeting physical and spiritual needs.

Kristy Graham, the host of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, sits down with Dave Holzhauer, the director of the international disaster response unit, to hear his perspective. He shares his experience serving on disaster responses, tells stories from the field, and invites us to learn more about the vision of the DART.

Dave outlines the purpose behind the team and explains the many different skill sets that are required to respond around the world.

Ken Isaacs, the vice president for programs and government relations, shares how Samaritan’s Purse responds to the sectors of humanitarian work by mirroring the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10.

Kristy got to be a part of DART training to see firsthand how Samaritan’s Purse prepares present and future DART members to effectively respond and reduce suffering through humanitarian aid. She had the opportunity to sit down with new and veteran disaster responders to hear how training empowered them to hone their skills and abilities to serve.

“Every time we grow in the field, that requires growth and development at our international headquarters,” Dave shares. “Samaritan’s Purse should be the first people at a crisis: driving the response, meeting the needs, and first on the ground… There is not a response that we don’t depend completely on God.”

Dave and Kristy discuss how the ministry has witnessed God’s faithfulness in the past. Every individual on the DART roster relies on God’s power to meet critical needs in difficult places—asking Him for wisdom and guidance in every step.

Please continue to pray that God will call and equip the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team to meet the needs of people around the world. If you want more information on how to share God’s love by serving on a DART, visit our website for application details.

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.

Kristy and her father-in-law Franklin Graham sit down for a conversation catching up on the past year of Samaritan’s Purse—celebrating 50 years of ministry, then turning its attention to assist overwhelmed medical systems with treating COVID-19 patients.

Franklin shared how Samaritan’s Purse used the same principles treating Ebola to care for coronavirus patients in the Bahamas, Italy, LA County, New York, and North Carolina. Although the ministry has treated sickness across the globe, Franklin said the principle was the same: people on U.S. soil and abroad both were in need of help and healing.

Throughout the discussion, Franklin talks about what he’s learned over the past year of leadership. He and Kristy cover how he was challenged to embrace change while allowing God to teach him patience.

He shares Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

To wrap the interview, Kristy asks him questions submitted from listeners. He dives deeper into meaningful projects from the past year, how he was raised in the faith, and ways he continually prays for the staff and family of the ministry.

In closing, Samaritan’s Purse staff working in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia share specific ways to pray for their office, family, and country. Please join us in prayer for the staff and family members that are serving around the world in Jesus’ Name.