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.

Stop, Reflect, Remember: Memorial Day

Samaritan's Purse honors and remembers fallen war heroes and their Gold Star families.
Samaritan’s Purse honors and remembers fallen war heroes and their Gold Star families.

– If you are a Gold Star wife, please consider applying to the “Gold Star Wives Retreat—Let Light Shine Out of Darkness,” hosted by Mark Winton at The Billy Graham Training Center.

– Want more resources and information about Memorial Day? Check out “Operation We Are Here,” for access to facts, videos, articles and observances.

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Motherhood Unites Us All

Follow us on Instagram to take a look behind the scenes of the On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse podcast! This week, you’ll find photos of Grace, Anna and Bethany’s families, as well as the mothers they encounter in their communities.

– Learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse comes alongside mothers around the world by visiting our website: www.samaritanspurse.org.

Read this compelling story from Colombia to learn how Samaritan’s Purse is helping mothers who are bravely fighting to give their children the very best.

Mothers serving with Samaritan’s Purse witness God’s love in action as they serve other families. Grace Nganga works with the ministry in Niger to establish health and nutrition programming that effects moms and their babies.
Mothers serving with Samaritan’s Purse witness God’s love in action as they serve other families. Grace Nganga works with the ministry in Niger to establish health and nutrition programming that effects moms and their babies.

Show Notes

Happy Mother’s Day from On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse!

In this empowering episode, Kristy Graham visits with three mothers serving with Samaritan’s Purse around the world. United by motherhood, each of these women share how God is continually using them in the lives of their children and their local communities.

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Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God: Marg Baker

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of Kristy Graham serving with Marg Baker in Thailand at the Christian Happy Homes.

Visit our website to see how God is continuing to use Samaritan’s Purse to provide hope and healing to families around the world.

– Samaritan’s Purse is honored to partner with Mercy Ministries Foundation where hundreds of abandoned and orphaned children receive care while learning about God’s love.

Show Notes

In this new special feature episode of “Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God,” Kristy interviews Samaritan’s Purse partner Marg Baker, the Director of Mercy Ministries children’s homes in Thailand.

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Through the Eyes of DART Nurses: COVID-19

– Listen to “Marking One Year: Fighting COVID-19 in Central Park” to hear Kristy’s conversation with Shelly Kelly while she was caring for COVID-19 patients in New York City.

– Find encouragement in Kristy’s initial conversation with Ann Galgano in, “Hope in Cremona, Italy.”

Visit our website to see how God is continuing to use Samaritan’s Purse to provide hope and healing to families around the world.

“It's not us who works, it's Christ working through us. I think I learned that resting in Him and allowing his plan to unfold through me was probably the safest place I could be at that time.” -- Shelly Kelly
“It’s not us who works, it’s Christ working through us. I think I learned that resting in Him and allowing his plan to unfold through me was probably the safest place I could be at that time.” — Shelly Kelly, ICU Nurse

Show Notes

It has been one year since Samaritan’s Purse simultaneously deployed two Emergency Field Hospitals to Cremona, Italy and New York City. Both locations were epicenters for the novel coronavirus at the time. As local hospitals became overwhelmed by an influx of patients, Samaritan’s Purse medical staff helped offload some of the burden—treating more than 600 patients at the mobile hospitals, which were specialized as respiratory care units.

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A Beacon of Hope: Easter Around the World

– As we celebrate Easter, be encouraged with this free downloadable PDF with Kristy’s compiled scriptures that focus on Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

Follow us on Instagram to find behind-the-scenes photos and stories about our work around the world.

Visit our website to learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse is providing hope amidst crisis, famine and loss.

He is Risen! Kristy Graham takes you around the world to hear how different countries are celebrating Easter despite extreme hardships. Tune in to hear how Christians are looking to Jesus as their source of hope.
He is Risen! Kristy Graham takes you around the world to hear how different countries are celebrating Easter despite extreme hardships. Tune in to hear how Christians are looking to Jesus as their source of hope.

Show Notes

“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.

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Clean Water Transforms Lives: World Water Day

Visit our website to learn more about the Samaritan’s Purse projects that provide clean water and promote safe hygiene practices.

– Listen back to our episode, “The Ripple Effect: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Recipient Gives Back,” to hear Yves’ redemption story: once a boy living in Africa without easy access to water, his life was transformed by the power of the Gospel and a simple shoebox gift.

– Do you want to stay informed about the work of Samaritan’s Purse, prayer alerts, and volunteer opportunities? Sign up to receive our email updates.

This World Water Day, Samaritan’s Purse is recognizing the 2.2 billion people without access to clean water. The ministry is coming alongside communities worldwide to provide sustainable water sources that will impact families for generations to come.
This World Water Day, Samaritan’s Purse is recognizing the 2.2 billion people without access to clean water. The ministry is coming alongside communities worldwide to provide sustainable water sources that will impact families for generations to come.

Show Notes

World Water Day, recognized yearly on March 22, brings awareness to the 2.2 billion people across the globe without access to clean water. An estimated 842,000 people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. Kristy Graham talks with our Samaritan’s Purse staff that implement projects that provide clean water and educate developing communities on health and hygiene practices.

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Marking One Year: Fighting COVID-19 in Central Park

– To find more episodes of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse that cover the ministry’s first responses to COVID-19, dive deeper into March and April 2020 of the podcast.

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of our Disaster Assistance Response Teams in action in Cremona, Italy and New York City.

In April 2020, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital to help meet the overwhelming number of coronavirus cases in New York City—which at that time was considered the epicenter of the pandemic. Since then, the ministry has continued to respond by providing critical medical care to over 900 patients.
In April 2020, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital to help meet the overwhelming number of coronavirus cases in New York City—which at that time was considered the epicenter of the pandemic. Since then, the ministry has continued to respond by providing critical medical care to over 900 patients.

Show Notes

Last year at this time, Samaritan’s Purse launched a response to a brand-new pandemic: the novel Coronavirus. Relying on previous experience with infection prevention control (IPC) from fighting Ebola in 2014, the organization opened up two Emergency Field Hospitals in response to COVID-19: the first in Cremona, Italy and the next in New York City. This special episode looks back at how, one year ago, the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) responded in Central Park, New York City. Kristy Graham introduces you to Ken Isaacs, the vice president of programs and government relations, and Shelly Kelly, an ICU nurse on our DART.

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Let Us Not Grow Weary: 2021

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.”

Samaritan’s Purse began multiple initiatives in 2021 around the world—including two Emergency Field Hospitals in the U.S. in response to rising COVID-19 outbreaks. Please continue to pray for our teams on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name.
Samaritan’s Purse began multiple initiatives in 2021 around the world—including two Emergency Field Hospitals in the U.S. in response to rising COVID-19 outbreaks. Please continue to pray for our teams on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name.

Show Notes

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.

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