Seeing God at Work in 2020

The work of Samaritan’s Purse around the world has continued in 2020 as we respond to vast need in many hurting communities, working hard in Jesus’ Name to make Him known amid difficulties and disasters. Even in the face of COVID-19 outbreaks, the immense need did not stop, and God was faithful to work in the hearts many people worldwide. We praise God we so often had the opportunity to see this work first-hand.

2020 Photo Highlights

Disaster Relief: Beirut Explosion

“The Beirut blast rocked the centre of the city and caused widespread damage. We passed by ‘ground zero’ regularly; it’s unavoidable starkness offered a place—not just for myself but for the whole city—to mourn, heal, and think.” –

Ingrid Heres, who worked with Samaritan’s Purse in Beirut, Lebanon.

Emergency Field Hospital: New York City

“Mr. Giovanni first realised he had COVID-19 after he found himself adding salt to the meals his wife cooked because they ‘lacked taste.’ Several days later he became severely short of breath, requiring immediate hospitalisation at the Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park. He grew up Catholic, but had become agnostic over the years. ‘I encountered God by observing the nurses and doctors around me.’”

Dr. Linda Mobula, who served at our Emergency Field Hospital in New York City.

Livelihoods: South Sudan

Nyanachek’s husband was sick, so she was the breadwinner for her five children. After joining our agriculture training, she learned how to plant and harvest onions. She also learned how to sell her harvest to support her family with the extra income. By helping families like hers, Samaritan’s Purse has seen many open doors to the Gospel.-

Joseph Mwaka, Programme Manager, food security and livelihoods.

The Greatest Journey: Palau

“We learned that God created us and that He loves us. I would tell other kids to take The Greatest Journey because it helps us to know that God loves us and that the reason we are on this earth is because He has a purpose for us. We should live our lives for His glory, that’s why He created us.” –

Martha, a graduate of The Greatest Journey discipleship programme in Palau.

Maternal Child Health: Vietnam

“I am thankful to God to care for little children in a remote, poor village in the northern highlands. We gave micronutrients to help prevent stunting since more than 50 percent of children in the area are malnourished.”

– Nguyen Duc Tuan, a Samaritan’s Purse Maternal Child Health staff member who witnessed the young girl in this photo return to health from malnourishment and severe injury.

This is Love: UK COVID-19 Community Support

Your Gifts Have Allowed Over 400 Projects Like These Across The UK to Keep Going, Ensuring Tomorrow’s Mission Is Possible.

Fear and need may currently stalk the land, but thousands of Good Samaritans are stepping out in faith to care for a country in need.

With the help of people like you, we’re keeping them safe with supplies of PPE, and funds to grow their work, so they can keep the disadvantaged in our communities safe.

Together we are equipping these Good Samaritans to cross over the road and care for the homeless, the hungry, the old and frail and the vulnerable amongst us.

Beekeeping: Kenya

“I had lost hope of educating my children, but now my life has really changed. I am doing things I couldn’t believe, and now I can support my family. I once was lost, with no hope in life. I thank God for Samaritan’s Purse.” –

David is a beneficiary of our Beekeeping Project in Kenya, and through this project the farmer has been able to support his family and has heard the Gospel. Now he is a follower of Jesus Christ because of the witness of our staff during trainings.

Emergency Field Hospital: Italy

“I was brought to tears of joy when I realised that God had brought me to ‘such a time as this.’ That He had allowed me to not only be part of Francesco’s physical healing, but also the eternal healing of his soul. One day Francesco and I will rejoice together, with Jesus, in heaven! Oh, what a day!” –

Nurse Regina Randolph, who served at our Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

Disaster Relief: Honduras Hurricanes

“The church today will not only share the Water of Life, which is Jesus Christ, but also it will share water that quenches the natural thirst that these people have.”-

Pastor Adonai Muñoz, pastor of Iglesia de Dios de Profesia in Honduras. His church received a water treatment system and he helped us distribute personal household filters to families in his community.

Solar Lamps: Kenya

“I met several of the families who received one of our solar lamps and was amazed something so simple could have such a profound impact. Rachel, the woman in the photo, said the lamp has helped her grandchildren in school. ‘The solar lamp is a great help. The lamp helps my grandkids study longer. The amount of light is constant.’ It’s also helped Rachel and her grandkids grow in their faith as they study the Bible in the hours after sunset.”-

Melissa Lilley, writer with Samaritan’s Purse

Emergency Field Hospital: New York City

“I remember one patient asked me, ‘Why do you do this? Why are you here?’ We told him we’re responding to what God has asked us to do. That man later received Jesus Christ and then began sharing the Gospel with other Spanish-speaking patients in the hospital. This is one reason why when a call comes in, it’s hard to refuse. I’m glad to be a part of Samaritan’s Purse, and I’m happy to serve. That’s why my bag is always packed.”-

Dr. Peter Kwan, who served at the Emergency Field Hospital in New York City.

DC-8 Flights: Beirut Airlift

“It’s just devastating. It’s completely unfathomable. We’ve never had anything like this before even during the civil war in Lebanon.”-

A Beirut church partner who helped us identify needs and distribute relief in Lebanon following a massive explosion in the city this year. We airlifted 57 tonnes of relief on two separate airlifts aboard our DC-8 aircraft.

Operation Christmas Child: Pacific Islands

A young girl in Palau is ecstatic about the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift she received this year as Samaritan’s Purse continues in its emphasis on reaching the hundreds of islands of the Pacific.

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