“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God…” This impassioned prayer is what guided Bob Pierce as he founded and led the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse in 1970.
His mission for this organisation – in his own words – was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.”
The Story Of Samaritan’s Purse
Bob Pierce wrote those now-famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island of Kojedo over 40 years ago.
After World War II, Bob Pierce travelled throughout Asia as an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ. While on a university lecturing circuit in China, he stumbled across some courageous women who were living among lepers and orphans, sacrificing everything to share the love of Jesus Christ. Through their selfless love, God gave Pierce a vision for ministry. He dedicated himself to finding and supporting other such Christians who were caring for the poor and suffering in the distant corners of the world.
“Go and do likewise,” Christ commanded after explaining the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. So we do.