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On the Ground with Samaritan's Purse
18 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
October Ministry Highlights
This week, Kristy Graham hears from Samaritan’s Purse key leaders to learn more about how we are responding after Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan crisis, and the Haiti earthquake. Although the news cycle has since turned over and our attention has been focused in other places—one of the incredible things about God is that He doesn’t forget. He is equipping Samaritan’s Purse to continue working in broken places to help people physically and spiritually. This week, Kristy Graham hears from Samaritan’s Purse key leaders to learn more about how we are responding after Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan crisis, and the Haiti earthquake. – Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities,” to read more about how the ministry is bringing hope to Haiti during a time of crisis. – Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of how Samaritan’s Purse is helping people in Jesus’ Name. Show Notes As the world is constantly changing and we are receiving new updates every hour, Samaritan’s Purse is not only responding to events as they arise, but faithfully staying until the need is met. Kristy Graham hears from three ministry leaders about our work in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, Virginia to aid Afghan refugees, and Haiti after the earthquake. To kick off the episode, Kristy speaks with Luther Harrison, the vice president for North American Ministries. Luther shares that Samaritan’s Purse is still serving on the ground in Louisiana at three different sites. The category four hurricane that hit Louisiana on August 26 left the state with unmanageable damage that many families are still trying to process. Over 3,000 families are asking for help and volunteers are greatly needed. Since this disaster, 80 decisions for Christ have been made. Luther shares that even through tragedy, the Lord is moving. Next, Kristy hears from Melissa Strickland, the director of communications, as she reports on her time in Fort Pickett, Virginia. She shares that Samaritan’s Purse is aiding Afghan evacuees and partnering with the U.S. government to provide critical relief supplies and English as a second language courses. The ministry is privileged to be showing love to men, women, and children who have endured unthinkable trauma. To give the final update, Kristy spoke with Pierre Julien, the Samaritan’s Purse country director in Haiti. Pierre shared the current challenges Haiti is facing after the deadly earthquake on August 14. Two months later, families are struggling to find shelter and the majority of schools remain closed. Amidst these hardships, Pierre shares that God is working through Samaritan’s Purse to bring clean water and supply tarps and shelter in the southeastern part of Haiti. The episode closes with Pierre sharing the Gospel, and how God is continually at work in the life of his community. Please continue to pray for our teams on the ground and all those we help in Jesus’ Name. Share Tweet Share
27 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
A Lasting Impact: The Global Internship Program
Every summer, spring, and fall, Samaritan’s Purse offers competitive, Gospel-focused internships. In this episode, Kristy hears from a handful of this year’s interns, as well as the ministry’s vice president of human resources to dive deeper into the program and its impact throughout our organization. Through intentional mentorship from supervisors, managers, and coworkers, interns have the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith and skillset. – Apply for the Samaritan’s Purse 2022 summer internship season to be a part of bringing relief and the hope of the Gospel to hurting people. Applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 1, 2022. – Check out our website to learn more about how both domestic and international interns are making an eternal difference. – Read Serving God in Colombia to hear a past intern’s experience serving overseas. Show Notes 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Since 2013, Samaritan’s Purse has offered competitive, Gospel-focused internships for students around the globe. In this episode, Kristy take a closer look at the robust program and the impact that it has across the ministry. She hears from this year’s summer interns, Parker Primrose and Joelle Gates-Bassett, along with Cindy Rutz, the vice president of Human Resources. To kick off the episode, Cindy provides an explanation of the program and how it was formed organically in 2013 with an idea from Franklin Graham. The vision for the internship program was to introduce college students to serving the Lord in their future vocations. Cindy shares with Kristy the vigorous application process—including multiple interviews where potential interns dicuss their background, what they’re interested in, and their relationship with God. Cindy shares, “One of the things that I talk about a lot when I interview is that if I get to the end of my interview and have to ask the question, ‘What is Jesus doing in your life?’ then that’s an indication I don’t know at that point. My next question would be ‘Why don’t I know that?’ When we first sit down with an intern candidate, we want to hear that as the main predominant theme of the conversation.” Kristy and Cindy remind listeners that mentorship is a key component of the internship. Not only do interns have the opportunity for one-on-one coaching from the human resources team that hired them, but from supervisors, managers, and coworkers. The Samaritan’s Purse global internship allows interns to work with experts in their field and be a part of projects and tasks that have an eternal impact. Kristy sits down with Parker, a student from Oklahoma State University, and Joelle, a student from Biola University, to hear how they were equipped through the program. “To come in and be a part of the culture has been incredible,” Parker shares with Kristy. “Getting to be in an environment where my coworkers are my biggest advocates and my managers and directors are the ones rooting for me the most has been incredible.” Over 100 interns have come back to work for Samaritan’s Purse since the program started. Cindy shares that, time and time again, the ministry has seen the ripple effect of bringing in the next generation through the internship program. Parents and family members have even received jobs at Samaritan’s Purse after hearing about their intern’s experience. Cindy Rutz shares Hebrews 12:12. It says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Please pray for God’s continued faithfulness through the Samaritan’s Purse global internship program. Thank you for your support as we witness Him work through the students who are led to apply, learn, and serve. Share Tweet Share
41 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Finding God in the Floorboards: Operation Christmas Child
Izabella McMillon received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox when she was a 13-year-old living in communist Romania. The simple shoebox was a source of hope and led her to give her life to the Lord. Izabella, who now works for Samaritan’s Purse as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, shares with Kristy about her experience growing up in a communist country and how her faith was sealed through a shoebox. – Watch Izabella McMillon’s Full Circle Story with Operation Child as she explains where her story with the ministry first began. – Find out more information on how to pack a shoebox, drop-off locations, free materials, and building a shoebox online on our Samaritan’s Purse website. Show Notes To kick off the Operation Christmas Child season, Kristy speaks with Izabella McMillon, who received a shoebox as a child growing up in communist Romania. Now serving as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, she shares her story and equips other shoebox recipients to do the same. Like many children around the globe who receive a gift-filled shoebox, encountering Operation Christmas Child at the age of 13 changed Izabella’s world. Some of Izabella’s earliest childhood memories were of her parents huddled around a table, strategizing how they would provide food for their family the next day. She recalls living under a communist regime where decisions were made on behalf of her family, including where they lived and worked. Churches were prohibited and owning a copy of the Bible was dangerous. Izabella remembered the day her life changed forever. When she and her brother were bored and looking for something to do one afternoon, they discovered a loose floorboard in their living room. They found a Bible hidden under the floor. They were thrilled to find a new book to read so they started on page one and were drawn into the stories. When Izabella’s parents came home, she shared this news about the new book. Her father told them to keep it hidden, knowing the Scriptures could put them all in danger. A couple of years later, Izabella was invited to an underground church and decided to attend. God used this hidden Bible, a secret church, and the pastor’s discipleship to teach Izabella about God’s love for her. She asked her pastor to teach her how to pray. When he asked why she wanted to learn, she explained she wanted it to snow. Hoping God would answer this prayer to prove that he was real, she asked God fervently for snow. When she was discouraged by the lack of snow, her pastor responded, “Let me tell you something about God. He always answers prayers just like I told you before, but sometimes his answers look differently than what we imagine. Keep your eyes open, keep watching, and God will answer.” Izabella continued to pray for snow. The day after Christmas, people began running in the streets. In Romania, this typically meant that a delivery of food rations or other supplies was coming so she and her brother quickly joined them. When they arrived to the town center, they found three trucks filled with colorful boxes. People began unloading these boxes and passing them out to all of the children. A woman approached Izabella and handed her a gift-filled shoebox. “I remember just looking at her, thinking that cannot be,” Izabella said. “People don’t just come here and give you something for nothing, no strings attached. That does not happen.” The woman told her there was nothing she needed to do in return, but asked if she could pray with her. Izabella agreed and eagerly asked her to pray for snow. After the woman prayed with her, she dug into her box and her fervent prayer was answered. “It was this beautiful, plastic snow globe,” Izabella told Kristy. “In that moment, to me was God saying ‘I am here. And I am listening. And I see you. And I know you by name.’” After growing in her faith and education through the years, she started working for Samaritan’s Purse. In 2010, she and her husband had the opportunity to go back to Romania and distribute Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. She tells Kristy a story about how she met Maria, a 13-year-old orphaned girl whose only wish was to have five minutes with a family who loved her. Izabella is continuing to serve Operation Christmas Child and yearly packs shoeboxes with her husband and two boys. They always pack a soft stuffed animal, a ball, school supplies, a photo, and a letter. She encourages listeners to be prayerful about the items to pack in their own shoeboxes, reminding them of how the snow globe in her box solidified her faith and changed the trajectory of her life. If you would like to take part in this ministry and pack a shoebox, information for Operation Christmas Child can be found on our website at samaritanspurse.org. Share Tweet Share
15 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
The Headlines: Hurricane Ida Causes Mass Devastation
On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone. – Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ in Louisiana! Check out SPvolunteer.org to see how you can serve. – Visit our website to read more stories about how our team is encouraging families in the wake of Hurricane Ida. – Leave us a review on Apple podcasts to let us know what keeps you listening to stories of God’s work through Samaritan’s Purse. Show Notes Two weeks ago, on August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida’s path took a devastating turn as it barreled toward the southeastern border of Louisiana. The Category 4 storm unearthed trees, homes, and communities as it spread through the Greater New Orleans area. All the while, Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief teams were tracking the storm and standing by to assess the damage. Only hours after the winds and rain subsided, Samaritan’s Purse disaster responders deployed and now have response sites in three locations: Houma, Hammond, and Greater New Orleans. In this timely episode, Kristy Graham hears from Chandler Saylors, a program manager on the ground in Louisiana, to give a current update on the families impacted and the work of Samaritan’s Purse. “For many people, they talk about past storms—even though Katrina was 16 years ago,” Chandler explains. “It’s so devastating to them personally and as a community. Many feel like they just got back on their feet after previous hurricanes, and now this.” Hurricane Ida is the sixth major weather emergency to make landfall in Louisiana since the beginning of 2020. Chandler shares how the ministry has quickly mobilized volunteers by partnering with local churches and relying on help from out of state. Staff and volunteers are coming alongside hurting homeowners in the area to clean debris, salvage belongings, and clear downed trees. Please continue to pray and consider serving with Samaritan’s Purse as we act as the body of Christ to the families in Louisiana. “During this devastation, we ask you to join us in prayer for these families that are weathering the aftermath of yet another storm.” —Kristy Graham Share Tweet Share
14 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
September 11, 2001, is a somber anniversary of the day that changed the United States forever. In this reflective episode, we honor and remember the lives that were lost on 9/11 and those who defended our freedom in the wars that followed. Kristy Graham offers personal reflections and shares Billy Graham’s address to the nation in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks. – Watch Billy Graham’s 9/11 Message at the National Cathedral only days following the attacks. – Call the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) 24-hour Prayer Line at 888-388-2683, if you’d like prayer and support during this somber 9/11 anniversary. Show Notes September 11, 2001, marks the solemn day when the United States experienced the worst terrorist attack on our own soil. On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse is pausing to reflect, honor, and remember those who were lost on 9/11, as well as those that served and gave their lives while protecting our nation’s freedom in the wars that followed. Kristy Graham opens the episode with her thoughts and condolences regarding the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She tells listeners that her hope and prayer through this remembrance is that the United States can once again be united. Kristy then shares her grandfather-in-law Billy Graham’s address to the country at the National Cathedral. On September 14, 2001, just three days after the terrorist attacks, he preached a powerful message to a hurting nation—reminding us all that there’s hope for the future because of God’s promises. “My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and that as we trust in Him we will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us.” – Billy Graham, 9/11 Message Share Tweet Share
19 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
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 Share Tweet Share
21 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
After the Shock: Haiti Earthquake
On Saturday, August 14, the world awoke to the devastating news of an earthquake hitting the southern coast of Haiti. The next day, Samaritan’s Purse airlifted disaster response specialists and critical relief supplies to provide help to families in urgent need. Kristy talks with team members and beneficiaries on the ground to hear the latest updates. – Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities,” to learn more about how the ministry is bringing hope to Haiti during a time of crisis, and how you can get involved. – Follow us on Instagram to see the Samaritan’s Purse response team bring help to hurting people in Haiti. – Go back and listen to our episode called, “In the News – Haiti Earthquake,” to hear how Samaritan’s Purse was able to respond at a moment’s notice to the earthquake in Haiti. Show Notes Thank you for joining us in another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. On August 14, Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake—compounding more devastation to the already hurting country. In the weeks prior, Haiti was experiencing extreme turmoil with their president’s assassination and rising gang activity. In the hours after the earthquake, Samaritan’s Purse sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) along with 31 tons of relief supplies to provide immediate help. In this episode, Kristy connects with several DART members who are currently on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name. First, Kristy speaks with Nick Bechert, the Disaster Response Team Lead in Haiti, who recalls the devastation he saw immediately after entering the country. He describes homes flattened, walls caved-in, crumpled buildings, and a desperate need for shelter among thousands of families. “You’re walking into an environment where everyone was desperate because of these challenges before the earthquake and now they’re without shelter, and they have loved ones injured. People here are traumatized by destruction,” Bechert told Kristy. Nick describes the action steps that Samaritan’s Purse is taking in order to bring hope in the midst of this heartbreaking disaster. Within days of the earthquake, the disaster response specialists constructed a 36-bed Emergency Field Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti. Here, the Samaritan’s Purse medical team is able to treat intense wounds and perform life-saving surgeries. One of our podcast correspondents heard from Melanie Wubs, the medical director of the Emergency Field Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, as she speaks of the urgency she felt while setting up the field hospital. After seeing the overwhelming devastation, the team worked into the night to be able to open the hospital’s doors as soon as possible, all while ensuring each precaution was taken to be adequately prepared. “My hope for the patients that come here is that they know they’re not forgotten,” Melanie shared. “That somebody cared. That God cares enough to come here. To provide care, to show them love, and give them hope.” Robert Congdon, DART distribution manager in Haiti, has also had a crucial role during this crisis. With a lack of shelter for many, he and his team are distributing heavy-duty tarp to thousands of families who are sleeping in the streets. Supplying these tarps provides a place for families to take shelter as ongoing tropical storms and tremors from the recent earthquake continue to surface. Samaritan’s Purse is additionally providing clean water by installing two community water filtration systems. Each one is large enough to supply clean water for a community of 10,000 people. For the first time, the Samaritan’s Purse WASH team deployed their specially-designed filtration system—making it quicker and easier to provide clean water in these urgent situations. The village buzzed with hope and excitement as the systems were installed. Kristy reminds listeners that although Haiti is facing disaster after disaster, we are continually lifting them up in prayer. As the episode wraps, she shares that even in unthinkable circumstances, we know this world is not our home and we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, be persistent in prayer.” Share Tweet Share
14 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
In the News – Responding to the Afghanistan Crisis
With the chaos of the current events taking place in Afghanistan, Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with organizations on the ground to sponsor flights and bring people to safety. The ministry is deploying our Disaster Assistance Response Team to determine how we can meet urgent physical needs. In this timely update, Kristy meets with ministry leaders who give insight to our work, and urges the body of Christ to pray for hurting families and our teams on the ground.(Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images) – Read “Samaritan’s Purse Helping Desperate Afghans,” to learn more details about how the ministry is responding to the needs of the people in Afghanistan, and how you can help. – Watch Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse, as he called for a time of prayer for Afghanistan—asking our nation to pray for the country, U.S. leadership, and all those whose very lives are being threatened by the Taliban. – Follow us on Instagram to hear more about Kristy’s heart for hurting people in Afghanistan. Show Notes Thank you for listening in to another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In recent days, the world has had their eyes focused on the devastating events taking place in Afghanistan. Samaritan’s Purse is currently partnering with organizations on the ground to sponsor flights to bring people to safety. In this timely episode, Kristy speaks with Ken Isaacs, the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations, as he gives updates on how Samaritan’s Purse is helping men, women, and children out of this horrific situation. Isaacs shares that Samaritan’s Purse is proactively assessing the resources needed for their difficult journey ahead. The Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team is determining how to best provide care for those who have fled with nothing—anticipating needs like diapers, hygiene products, and help for the women and children that are experiencing unthinkable trauma. “They’re going to have a tough road,” Isaacs says. “We want to help them and show them the love of Jesus where they are and regardless of what they believe.” Ken shares with Kristy that we are already witnessing stories of hope. On Saturday, August 21, Samaritan’s Purse sponsored a flight out of Afghanistan—helping to rescue nearly 700 people. “It’s a difficult time and it’s always a bit of a challenge to say I see God working in this time when it’s so chaotic, but yet I do,” Isaacs added. The episode continues as Kristy shares Franklin Graham’s call to prayer from August 22, in which he asks listeners around the world to pray for the people of Afghanistan. We encourage you to join Franklin as he prays for Afghanistan families, pastors, and for those looking to escape. Listen as he prays for wisdom for President Biden and U.S. political leaders. The episode wraps with Kristy’s thoughts and prayers surrounding the devastating crisis. She has been clinging to Psalm 34:4-7 which says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Through chaos and tragedy, our hope remains in God and we are thankful for your partnership as we pray for the tragedy in Afghanistan. Please continue to pray for those in harm’s way, U.S. leaders and military, and Samaritan’s Purse as we bring hope in Jesus’ Name. Share Tweet Share
33 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God: Marigold
When ISIS invaded Sinjar in 2014, the Yazidi community was forced to leave everything behind and flee their homes—many not surviving the brutal attack. Marigold, who now oversees mental health initiatives for Samaritan’s Purse in Iraq, came out of retirement to walk alongside them in their suffering. In this special feature episode, Kristy hears how Marigold is offering care, compassion, and hope to the Yazidis as they begin to return home seven years later. – Listen to our podcast episode “Finding Hope in the Middle East,” to dive deeper with Kristy into the work Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Iraq, Yemen and Syria. – Read “Honey Helps Soothe the Sting of War,” on our website to learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse is walking alongside the Yazidi people to continue to bring restoration and hope. – Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of Marigold and the women she’s helping in Iraq. Show Notes Thank you for tuning in to another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In this special feature of “Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God,” Kristy interviews Marigold, the program manager of the mental health initiatives in Iraq. For decades, Marigold has worked in thousands of hospitals internationally to bring hope to people suffering with deep trauma. She came out of retirement in 2019 to work with Samaritan’s Purse as they began to help the Yazidi people migrate back to Sinjar—their homeland that was invaded and destroyed by ISIS in 2014. Marigold shares with Kristy how God has been uniquely preparing her for this role her entire life. Growing up on her family’s farm in Australia, she watched her mother struggle with severe mental illness. When Marigold was only eight years old, her mother was admitted to a hospital. When she came to visit, her mom would introduce every sick client to her with dignity and respect. “I remember going home from that time as a small child and sobbing my heart out, saying, ‘Lord when I get big, let me help those people.’ I think that’s where it began.” —Marigold Throughout her mission-focused career, God has taken her to thousands of hospitals around the world to help people who were mentally sick. After she retired and her children had grown and moved out, she asked the Lord if there was a possibility of returning to the field. She applied to serve with Samaritan’s Purse in Iraq. Now, she is walking alongside Yazidi women, helping them work through severe trauma. Marigold and Kristy discuss how she’s able to meet the Yazidis in their suffering and show them Christ’s love. She uses Scripture from Mark 5 to portray how Jesus teaches his followers to work through suffering with others. “When [we] come in saying, ‘We want to give you kindness, we want to give you care, we want to help you,’ [we] watch people lift up in their spirits—even if they have nothing.” —Marigold Along with mental health initiatives, Samaritan’s Purse is providing new ways for the Yazidi people to find hope: building hundreds of shelters, repairing homes, and restoring livelihoods. The episode wraps with ways that listeners can pray for the Yazidi people as they continue to heal from the traumas of war. If you’d like to hear more about our work to help families in the Middle East, listen to our recent podcast episode, “Finding Hope in the Middle East.” Share Tweet Share
8 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
In the News – Earthquake in Haiti
Samaritan’s Purse is responding in southeastern Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday, August 14. Our DC-8 cargo plane has airlifted medical personnel and disaster response specialists, along with shelter materials, water filtration systems, and other supplies to help suffering Haitian families. – Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities” to learn more about our disaster relief efforts, specific prayer requests, and ways to get involved. – If you’d like to hear more about our work in Haiti to bring hope and healing, listen to the podcast episode, “Let Us Not Grow Weary: 2021.” – Visit our website to follow along with all the ways God continues to work around the world through Samaritan’s Purse. Please pray for those suffering as a result of a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi, wildfires in California, and in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Show Notes Thank you for joining us for a bonus episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the southern region of Haiti—destroying communities and trapping people underneath the debris. On August 15, the Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 cargo plane airlifted more than a dozen disaster relief personnel, along with 31 tons of relief supplies, including emergency shelter material, water filtration units, and critical medical supplies. In the moments before the DC-8 departed from Greensboro, North Carolina, Ken Isaacs, the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations, shared current updates to encourage listeners to pray specifically. Please be in prayer for our teams on the ground in Haiti and for the many mourning families in the wake of this devastating earthquake. Share Tweet Share
39 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Finding Hope in the Middle East
– Follow along on our website and social media where we share powerful testimonies of families in the Middle East. – To hear other episodes about our work in the Middle East, you can listen to “Inside a Refugee Camp,” and “World Refugee Day: Supporting Families in Iraq.” – Visit the On the Ground with … Continue reading "Finding Hope in the Middle East"
37 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
World Medical Mission: To the Ends of the Earth
– Learn more about opportunities for medical professionals to serve overseas with World Medical Mission. – Are you a Christian medical or healthcare professional looking to be refreshed by a time of fellowship and spiritual enrichment? Come learn about medical ministry through Samaritan’s Purse by attending the Prescription for Renewal conference in Orlando, Florida, featuring … Continue reading "World Medical Mission: To the Ends of the Earth"
27 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Celebrating 10 Years 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 marriages and faith of our wounded … Continue reading "Celebrating 10 Years of Operation Heal Our Patriots"
24 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Disaster Assistance Response Teams: Answering the Call
– 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 … Continue reading "Disaster Assistance Response Teams: Answering the Call"
29 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Conversation with Franklin Graham
– 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. … Continue reading "Conversation with Franklin Graham"
11 minutes | May 29, 2021
Stop, Reflect, Remember: Memorial Day
– 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. … Continue reading "Stop, Reflect, Remember: Memorial Day"
31 minutes | May 6, 2021
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 … Continue reading "Motherhood Unites Us All"
42 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
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 … Continue reading "Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God: Marg Baker"
30 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
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 … Continue reading "Through the Eyes of DART Nurses: COVID-19"
28 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
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 … Continue reading "A Beacon of Hope: Easter Around the World"
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