Who We Are
Samaritan's Purse (UK & Ireland) is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need in 18 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
We are part of the global Samaritan’s Purse family that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970. Along with the UK and Ireland, Samaritan's Purse has offices in the USA, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia.
Even if you don't recognise the name, you may have come across our Operation Christmas Child initiative, which thousands of churches, schools and businesses across the UK and Ireland are already part of.
But we do more than just send shoeboxes overseas. We respond in a distinctly Christian way to issues facing people in the places where we work: issues like water and sanitation, HIV and AIDS, sustainable livelihoods along with disasters and emergencies.
We believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We're committed to seeing this Gospel shared in the form of both words (that can change spiritual circumstances) and acts of mercy (that can change physical circumstances).
We choose to work through the local Church - seeing it as God’s chosen instrument to bring hope to a hurting world. That's why we are committed to working with and through local churches, raising them up to bring lasting hope to people in impoverished communities around our world.
We choose to work in partnership - which is why we are always looking to inspire and encourage others to join with us in being part of God’s global mission. We know that each individual can bring their own talents, gifts and unique contribution - no matter how small - to this great work to which we have been called.
Our vision is to see transformation - of both individual lives and whole communities. We long to see people restored in their relationship with God and with each other and for their circumstances to be turned around.
Our global mission statement...
Samaritan’s Purse is a nonprofit, Christian organisation providing church support and emergency relief and development assistance to suffering people around the world. Samaritan’s Purse is meeting the physical needs of victims of war, famine, natural disaster, and disease with the aim of demonstrating God’s love and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The aid and assistance are given without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion, or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.
You can also read our global Statement of Faith.