Program areas at Samaritan's Purse
Operation christmas child (occ): through this project, Samaritan's Purse collects and delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of hurting children around the world. We do this to demonstrate god's love, gain a hearing for the gospel, and share the true meaning of christmas-the birth of jesus christ, our lord and savior. Jesus told us, "go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" (matthew 28:19). In 2020, occ reached boys and girls in more than 100 countries with 9,123,202 gift boxes, including 7,809,410 collected in the u.s. (others come from canada, the united kingdom, germany, finland, korea, spain, and australia.) Since 1993, occ has handed out over 188 million shoebox gifts. National collection week will be nov. 15-22, 2021, at thousands of locations across the u.s.
U.s. Disaster relief: over 16,000 volunteers served with our north american ministries in 2020 and helped more than 5,700 households in 12 states, including over 1,600 households in four cities in Louisiana that were devastated by back-to-back hurricanes. Reconstruction teams also finished 96 houses in Texas, Florida, and the carolinas. We praise god that 808 individuals trusted jesus as their savior through our disaster relief ministries. "for all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (galatians 5:14).
South sudan relief: Samaritan's Purse continued to support refugees and internally displaced persons in south sudan throughout 2020. Teams distributed food rations and nutritional supplementation to nearly 300,000 people in northern bahr el ghazal, unity state, and upper nile. Doctors and nurses at the maban county hospital treated 25,764 patients. Teams reached over 372,100 people with covid-19 prevention messaging and more than 89,200 people were reached through water, sanitation and hygiene projects. Livelihoods projects were ran for more than 50,000 people, teaching vocational skills and providing agricultural training. Work also continued with church partners to train and disciple almost 70,000 people through ministry and biblical leadership development programs.
The mission of Samaritan's Purse is to obediently serve the lord jesus christ. At the core of our ministry is the belief that mankind has been separated from god by sin, and our only hope of salvation comes from the atoning sacrifice of god's son, jesus christ. "if you confess with your mouth the lord jesus and believe in your heart that god has raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (romans 10:9). Many claim to behave mercifully toward their neighbors out of a sense of social consciousness. At Samaritan's Purse, we take our name and mandate from christ's instruction that we should first love the lord with our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Caring for our neighbors then flows from our deep love for god. This command is illustrated in the parable of the good samaritan as told by jesus and recorded in luke 10:25-37 (new king james version): and behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "teacher, what shall i do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "what is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "'you shall love the lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,- and 'your neighbor as yourself. '- and he said to him, "you have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to jesus, -and who is my neighbor?" Then jesus answered and said: "a certain man went down from jerusalem to jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when i come again, i will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?- and he said, "he who showed mercy on him." Then jesus said to him, "go and do likewise." At Samaritan's Purse, we are responding to christ's command to do likewise as we minister to those suffering from the results of sin in our world: war, poverty, disaster, disease, and famine. The bible tells us, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" (jeremiah 17:9). In the new testament, we read that "the wages of sin is death" (romans 6:23). Because of adam and eve's disobedience, every human being is born with the stain of sin, which, without the cleansing blood of jesus christ, ultimately leads to physical and spiritual death. The lord, in his mercy, sent his beloved son, jesus christ, from heaven to this earth on a rescue mission. John 3:16 says, "for god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus took our sins upon himself, suffering and dying on a roman cross. He took our sins to the grave, and on the third day, he arose again. Through his death and resurrection, jesus became the way for us to be reconciled to god. He said, "i am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me" (john 14:6). If you choose to remain in your sins, you will be separated from god forever. But, if you place your faith and trust in what jesus has done, you will be saved by god's grace. This is the good news: "he who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of god" (john 3:18). If you want to receive god's free gift of salvation, you can pray a simple prayer like this one: dear god, i am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me. Help me to turn from my sinful life. I believe by faith that jesus christ is your son who died for my sins, and whom you have raised to life. I want to trust jesus as my savior and follow him as my lord from this day forward and forevermore. Amen. If you have prayed this, or would like some spiritual help, please call the following number to speak with a counselor: 1-877-247-2426. You can trust these words are true: "for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of god, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (ephesians 2:8-9). At Samaritan's Purse, we take prayer seriously. Thanks to what jesus christ has done, we can take our prayer concerns directly to our god in heaven. We can ask him to intervene immediately on behalf of those whose lives are in danger, and we trust him to provide the resources for us to swiftly accomplish his work and his will. The quarterly magazine of Samaritan's Purse, prayerpoint, is devoted entirely to prayer for our projects around the world. We trust that as god answers prayers, he will meet the needs of his people. In addition to the ministries listed in part iii, the following ministries are our response to the effects of sin on humanity and the natural world. Our mission is to bring god's love, healing, and compassion to those who are hurting or lost. Other international projects: Samaritan's Purse has field offices in 22 countries that were active in more than 200 local projects during 2020. The organization specializes in medical care, emergency response, and providing food, water, and other urgent needs. The Samaritan's Purse dc-8 cargo jet made several emergency airlifts in 2020, including flights to deliver emergency field hospitals, help survivors of hurricanes in honduras, an explosion in lebanon, and refugees from fighting in armenia. Covid-19 response: as hospitals were overwhelmed by the pandemic, Samaritan's Purse set up emergency field hospitals in new york city (central park); cremona, italy; nassau, the bahamas; los angeles county, California; and lenoir, north carolina. Teams also deployed to meet special needs in the navajo nation, Arizona, and king salmon, Alaska. Our international field offices worked to educate over 878,200 people in ways to prevent the spread of the virus and provided more than 489,500 health workers with personal protective equipment. Democratic republic of the congo: Samaritan's Purse distributed 994 metric tons of food to over 24,600 people. We also trained more than 41,300 people on improved agriculture technologies/practices, and over 334,200 people were trained by sp-educated promoters/staff on covid-19 infection prevention and control. 36 health centers were renovated/rehabilitated. More than 34,800 people heard the gospel through projects training and visits. Iraq: Samaritan's Purse assisted in rebuilding or repairing 818 homes damaged by isis terrorists providing a safe home for more than 12,600 returnees. In addition, we conducted agricultural and nutrition training with over 16,000 farmers and mothers, provided medical services to 1,991 individuals, distributed over 12,800 covid-19 mass-messaging materials along with more than 1,700 food baskets, shared the gospel with over 200 people, and incorporated biblical principles into training, trauma counselling, and recreational activities with over 3,200 beneficiaries. The bahamas: Samaritan's Purse continued to work with communities and families recovering from the 2019 hurricane dorian. In 2020, Samaritan's Purse removed 18,520 tons of hurricane debris, cared for 6,500 patients (including 80 surgeries) at the emergency field hospital in freeport, assisted over 1,400 households with shelter needs, and gave material support to 26 churches. In response to the covid-19 outbreak, Samaritan's Purse supported the princess margret hospital in nassau by deploying another emergency field hospital to take in the covid patient overflow, and also implemented an aggressive infection protection control training with several hospitals in and around nassau. World medical mission: despite international travel restrictions due to covid-19, world medical mission was still able to send 230 medical volunteers on short-term assignments to mission hospitals around the world. Another 26 doctors continued to serve two-year overseas assignments through our post-residency program as they follow god's calling to become career medical missionaries. The world medical mission warehouse shipped 35 containers filled with urgently needed medical equipment and supplies to 16 christian hospitals in 12 countries. Colombia: Samaritan's Purse worked along the venezuela-colombia border to minister to migrants and refugees. Our teams and partners served more than 440,300 hot meals, distributed food baskets, and cared for 7,336 medical patients. We distributed o