Operation Christmas Child: COVID-19 Updates

– Stay updated on current information from our Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Landing Page, including specific COVID-19 updates.

– Another great option to share God’s love is to build a shoebox online. It’s a convenient and personal way to give shoebox gifts directly from home.

– Listen and learn more about Operation Christmas Child from previous On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse podcast episodes “Operation Christmas Child in Ecuador” and “Processing Center for Operation Christmas Child”.

– Want to know more about our work in Sudan? Read how Samaritan’s Purse Joins Fight Against COVID-19 in Sudan.

Show Notes

Although COVID-19 has disrupted many things, it has not stopped Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse has shifted its processes to continue sending gift-filled shoeboxes to kids around the world. In this informative episode, Kristy Graham takes you behind the scenes to hear how leadership, staff, and volunteers are praying over the 2020 season and preparing to send millions of shoeboxes to children around the world.

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Healed Hearts: Nine Children Return Home to Mongolia

– Visit our Children’s Heart Project landing page to learn more information.

– Read about how these Children Take Special Flight Home to Mongolia After Life-Changing Heart Surgeries.

Show Notes

On July 2, Samaritan’s Purse safely returned nine children to Mongolia after they received life-changing heart surgery through Children’s Heart Project. These children and their mothers came to the United States in early February, but their visits were drastically altered because of the introduction of COVID-19. In this episode, Kristy Graham joins these mothers, children, host families and translators to learn how these additional months in the U.S. changed their lives.

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The Lifelong Impact of Operation Heal Our Patriots

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

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

– Be encouraged by the latest updates from Alaska.

Show Notes

In honor of the Fourth of July, Kristy Graham is taking you on the ground to hear from wounded veterans and their spouses that recently participated in Operation Heal Our Patriots, commonly referred to in the ministry as “OHOP.” Each summer, Samaritan’s Purse offers this marriage retreat to give couples the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. This Alaskan mountaintop experience allows these men and women to truly be refreshed through God’s word and like-minded community, but the real work happens when they return back home.

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World Refugee Day: Supporting Families in Iraq

To honor World Refugee Day on June 20, Kristy Graham is taking you on the ground to the desert of northern Iraq where the Grace Community Center is located. In 2014, Yazidi families fled from ISIS—abandoning their homes in Sinjar to find dwelling in Khanke Camp. The camp, originally a short term solution, is now home to more than 30,000 internally displaced persons living in tents and desperate for hope.

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In the News – Prayers for Racial Reconciliation

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an innocent black man, was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis. In response, protests have broken out across the nation. In this time of grief and uncertainty, Kristy Graham brings God’s Word to the forefront of the conversation.

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Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Died for Our Freedom

Thank you for joining us as On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the Gold Star families for carrying the burden of their loss. In this episode, Kristy Graham dives deeper into what it means to learn their stories, speak their names, and honor their legacy.

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Honoring Mothers Around the World

We invite you to celebrate Mother’s Day with On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse as Kristy Graham offers ways to honor, remember, and pray for mothers across the globe. In this eye-opening episode, you’ll hear Kristy’s phone call with her sister-in-law, Cissie Graham Lynch, as they discuss Samaritan’s Purse maternal and child health around the world.

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Tornadoes in Monroe, LA

Tune in to the third episode of our four-part series featuring work Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief is doing in Monroe, Louisiana. Over Easter weekend, three tornadoes damaged more than 400 homes, leaving the community in physical and emotional distress. Today, hear as Kristy Graham talks with Shannon Daley, a regional program manager for U.S. Disaster Relief, about how the ministry is helping the community overcome the deadly storm-system’s destruction.

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Tornadoes in Seneca, SC

Thank you for joining us in episode two of our four-part series highlighting the U.S. disaster response teams after a major storm-system swept through Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Today, listen in to the phone call between Kristy Graham and U.S. Disaster Relief program manager Keeth Willingham. Keeth and his team were deployed to the town of Seneca, South Carolina, following the deadly tornadoes that hit over Easter weekend. The paths of these destructive tornadoes were nearly 30 miles long, and killed at least nine people in South Carolina alone.

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