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.

First, Kristy connects with Luther Harrison, the vice president of North American Ministries. Over their brief Zoom call, Luther shares that while Hurricane Ida swept through Louisiana August 29-30, the ministry was standing ready to respond. Staff and disaster relief units were staged on the outskirts of the storm, and as soon as it was safe to do so, they moved into the hardest-hit areas. Now, Samaritan’s Purse staff, volunteers, and three Disaster Relief Units are on the ground to help patch roofs, clear yards, and salvage belongings from flooded homes.

“As we say, we bring in the equipment, but God sends the workers. We want God to send the workers that are able to be the hands and feet of Christ as we go out and minister to these families,” Luther tells Kristy. “Not only meeting their physical needs but most importantly their spiritual and emotional needs as well.”

Kelly Sites, the disaster assistance response team (DART) medical lead on the ground in Mississippi, gives the update on how Samaritan’s Purse is treating critical COVID-19 patients in the current global epicenter of the virus. Through our 32-bed Emergency Field Hospital, Samaritan’s Purse medical staff are providing surge capacity for the University of Mississippi Medical Center healthcare workers. Kelly explains that our Samaritan’s Purse nurses, physicians, and paramedics are providing comfort to fearful patients battling the virus. Tune in to hear how one patient came to know Jesus Christ through a Samaritan’s Purse paramedic.

Next, Kaitlyn Lahm, who serves on the communications team at Samaritan’s Purse, sat down with Kristy after her recent trip to Haiti after the earthquake. Millions of Haitians were affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and are now struggling to find safe living conditions, clean water, and urgent medical care. In the hours following the earthquake, Samaritan’s Purse responded to the hardest-hit areas by providing emergency shelter, clean water, and a 36-bed Emergency Field Hospital. Kaitlyn shares a story of how Samaritan’s Purse helped treat a grandfather who was injured after saving his two granddaughters as their home was collapsing in the earthquake.

“Be in prayer for Haiti as a country and for the people who were affected by the earthquake,” Kaitlyn shares with Kristy. “Pray that they’ll have hope, and hope that they can start to rebuild and see God’s love through our team members as they serve.”

As the situation in Afghanistan escalated in the past few weeks, Kristy Graham sheds light on how Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to help the traumatized families who were forced to flee. Initially, the ministry worked to support safe evacuation from Afghanistan for people in harm’s way. In the past week, Samaritan’s Purse deployed our DC-8 cargo jet loaded with hygiene kits, blankets, and medical kits for evacuees. Along with these critical relief supplies, the plane also carried members of our DART, which included an OB-GYN, pediatrician, and ICU nurse to care for specific medical needs. When the jet landed, the team saved two lives by performing an emergency caesarean delivery.

Kristy closes the episode by reminding listeners to continue to pray for the hurting people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Haiti, and Afghanistan—as well as our teams on the ground as they provide help in Jesus’ Name.

“Thank you for listening, thank you for supporting our ministry, but most of all, thank you for praying. God bless.” —Kristy