Building an Emergency Field Hospital: Combating COVID-19 in North Carolina

– Visit our website for more updates and stories of how God is working in our North Carolina Emergency Field Hospital.

– Pray for the Samaritan’s Purse DART as they assemble an Emergency Field Hospital in Los Angeles County in response to COVID-19.

– Go back and listen to our episode “Inside the Hot Zone: Fighting COVID-19 in the Bahamas,” to hear patient and medical personnel share stories from our field hospital in the Bahamas.

Kristy Graham interviews members of the disaster assistance response team to learn more about the logistics and teamwork required to build an Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina.
Kristy Graham interviews members of the disaster assistance response team to learn more about the logistics and teamwork required to build an Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina.

Show Notes

On New Year’s Day, Samaritan’s Purse transported a 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital from our warehouse to Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina to help with the surge of COVID-19. Samaritan’s Purse is supporting five hospital systems in North Carolina that are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

For a closer look at the work on the ground, Kristy Graham drove to the field hospital while the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was still building the unit. She witnessed the teamwork necessary to assemble the fully-functioning, respiratory care unit in just a few days.

To learn more about how each hospital is uniquely constructed, Kristy first sits down with Eric Timmens, the operations manager of the international health unit. He dives deeper into the necessary logistics to assess a site, construct a field hospital, and operate the 30-bed specialized unit.

The first team members on-site work together to prepare the field hospital for patients. Even the doctors and nurses help build the hospital, including nurse manager Regina Randolph. Regina explains to Kristy how, amidst challenges, DART members work as the body of Christ.

“Every DART I’ve ever been on, the challenges are completely different. The people that are working together to do this are in a spirit of unity and have one common goal. People don’t have the limitations that they put on themselves in a normal situation—they just let go of all that and say they’re willing to serve the Lord.” —Regina Randolph

Each DART member has a specific task, yet all are flexible to help in any capacity to ensure the hospital is able to run effectively. Kristy learned about the role of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) from Kate Holmberg, a WASH engineer on site. Each detail of the plumbing infrastructure is vital for proper infection prevention and control.

“Because of their hard work and servant hearts, God’s love will be shown to each patient who is brought to the field hospital. Their goal is to act as Jesus’ hands and feet. As they continue to exhaust themselves, God is still renewing them day by day.” – Kristy Graham

By relying on God’s strength, it took Samaritan’s Purse five days to build the Emergency Field Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina, and they are now accepting patients for treatment. The episode wraps with specific prayer requests from team members on the ground for God’s provision and focus.

Please continue to pray for communities impacted by COVID-19, and for our DART staff as they serve in Jesus’ Name through the western North Carolina field hospital.

Praising God in 2020: Ministry Prayers and Testimony

– See God at work in 2020 through our year-end photo highlights.

– For more behind the scenes content, follow us on Instagram.

– Do you want to know more about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Learn more about having peace with God.

In July of this year, Kristy met nine children from Mongolia who received life-saving heart surgery in the U.S. through Children’s Heart Project. COVID-19 prolonged their stay, but God used the time for both physical and spiritual healing. Tune in to "Healed Hearts: Nine Children Return Home to Mongolia," to hear how God touched each child, mother, and translator.
In July of this year, Kristy met nine children from Mongolia who received life-saving heart surgery in the U.S. through Children’s Heart Project. COVID-19 prolonged their stay, but God used the time for both physical and spiritual healing. Tune in to “Healed Hearts: Nine Children Return Home to Mongolia,” to hear how God touched each child, mother, and translator.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse. As we wrap 2020, we know the work of Samaritan’s Purse could not be accomplished without your prayer and God’s provision. Hear from members of our staff as numerous departments share how your prayers have made an eternal impact on their work. Be encouraged as the ministry lifts up On the Ground listeners in prayer for the coming year.

“One of the goals of this podcast is to allow you a glimpse into the work around the world. As a team, we want you to know how your prayers are specifically making a difference. Ultimately, they impact the work in the field, but it takes many unnamed people to make the work happen.” – Kristy Graham

Making an Eternal Impact: Gifts for Families Around the World

– Discover 37 gifts of hope in the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog to give this holiday season.

Follow us on Instagram to see more behind-the-scenes photos of the people and projects impacted by Christmas Catalog gifts.

– Check out our website to see the ways God is currently working through Samaritan’s Purse across the globe.

– Kristy’s family’s favorite gift items this year!

  • A village well
  • Hot meals for a child
  • Balls and sports gear
  • A dairy goat
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    Show Notes

    Each year, Samaritan’s Purse creates a Christmas Catalog that highlights various programs that meet both physical and spiritual needs around the world. Kristy gathered her kids around their kitchen table to pick out their favorite gifts—teaching them about the power of blessing others. After their conversation, Kristy heard from a few of our field staff to gain perspective on how each gift creates a ripple effect.

    Continue reading “Making an Eternal Impact: Gifts for Families Around the World”

    A Message from Kristy: Leaning on Christ During Advent

    – To hear more episodes about finding hope this Christmas, go back and listen to Kristy’s conversations with Yuliya, Yves, and Dania: three people who received Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes as kids and are now giving back.

    – Read more about how Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to spread God’s love with families around the world.

    Tune in to "A Message from Kristy" to hear her heart for Advent season.
    Tune in to “A Message from Kristy” to hear her heart for Advent season.

    Show Notes

    Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse. To launch the Advent season, Kristy shares her heart for living in the tension of waiting on the Lord’s return. Continue reading “A Message from Kristy: Leaning on Christ During Advent”

    Sounds of Hope: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back

    – Find out how you can make an eternal impact this year by packing a shoebox gift.

    – To send a gift-filled shoebox from your home, you can custom build a shoebox online.

    – Dive deeper into Dania’s shoebox story with bonus photos and videos about how her life was changed by Operation Christmas Child.

    Show Notes

    During this National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, Kristy sits down with three shoebox recipients whose lives were eternally changed because of a simple gift.

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    The Ripple Effect: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back

    – Find out how you can make an eternal impact this year by packing a shoebox gift.

    – To send a gift-filled shoebox from your home, you can custom build a shoebox online.

    – Dive deeper into Yves’ shoebox story with bonus photos and videos about how his life was changed by Operation Christmas Child.

    Show Notes

    Good news, great joy! In honor of this National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, Kristy sits down with three shoebox recipients whose lives were eternally changed because of a simple gift.

    Continue reading “The Ripple Effect: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back”

    A Letter Changed Her Life: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back

    – Find out how you can make an eternal impact this year by packing a shoebox gift.

    – To send a gift-filled shoebox from your home, you can custom build a shoebox online.

    – Dive deeper into Yuliya’s shoebox story with bonus photos and videos about how her life was changed by Operation Christmas Child.

    Show Notes

    To kick off National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, Kristy sits down with three shoebox recipients whose lives were eternally changed because of a simple gift.

    Continue reading “A Letter Changed Her Life: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back”

    BONUS: Meet Our Staff, Appreciating Veterans Day in the Ministry

    – Are you or your spouse a service member from a U.S. military branch who has been injured or wounded in active duty since September 11, 2001? Apply to participate in Operation Heal Our Patriots for the 2021 season.

    – Discover more about how Operation Heal Our Patriots is working to strengthen the relationships and faith of our wounded veterans here.

    – To hear more episodes highlighting Operation Heal Our Patriots and veterans who have selflessly served, listen to “Operation Heal Our Patriots,” “The Lifelong Impact of Operation Heal Our Patriots,” and “Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Died for our Freedom.”

    Show Notes

    This week in honor of Veterans Day, we are introducing you to Samaritan’s Purse staff members who have also served in the U.S. military—taking you around the ministry to hear the stories of men and women who bravely served and are now giving their talents to help in Jesus’ Name. In today’s episode, Kristy talks with these veterans about their time in the service, their calling to Samaritan’s Purse, and how they’re continuing to grow in faith and surrender to God.

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    Inside the Hot Zone: Fighting COVID-19 in the Bahamas

    – If you enjoyed hearing first-hand from our COVID-19 treatment center, go back and listen to “Hope in Cremona, Italy,” and “Central Park Emergency Field Hospital,” to learn about our earlier responses in 2020.

    – For more behind the scenes content, check out our Instagram.

    – Stay updated on how God is moving through the ministry by visiting our website to read stories like, ‘Emergency Field Hospital Opens in the Bahamas to Care for COVID-19 Patients.’

    Show Notes

    On October 15, Samaritan’s Purse airlifted a 28-bed Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas—along with doctors, nurses, and supplies—to help combat the island’s second wave of COVID-19. Overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, Nassau’s Princess Margaret Hospital was filled to capacity and desperate for space. The Prime Minister, who was familiar with the ministry’s work after Hurricane Dorian of September 2019, called Samaritan’s Purse for additional support.

    Continue reading “Inside the Hot Zone: Fighting COVID-19 in the Bahamas”

    Power of Prayer: Leaning on God’s Guidance

    – Do you want to be encouraged by the power of prayer? Check out the replay of the Prayer March 2020.

    – Are you interested in Paul David Tripp’s full devotion mentioned at the beginning of the episode? Take a look at the devotion from his book New Morning Mercies.

    – Operation Christmas Child shoebox season is here! Click here to find COVID-19 updates, gift suggestions, and ways to get involved.

    – Read more about how ‘Dr. Kent Brantly Continues to Share Good News’ after his battle with Ebola.

    – Samaritan’s Purse is still fighting COVID-19 by setting up another Emergency Field Hospital in the Bahamas. Find more information here.

    Show Notes

    Since the beginning of Samaritan’s Purse in 1970, prayer and dependence on God has always been the solid foundation of the ministry. In this special podcast episode, Kristy Graham looks back at the ways staff and volunteers have seen God answer individual and corporate prayers.

    Continue reading “Power of Prayer: Leaning on God’s Guidance”