For this is Love

Protection, Provision and Prayer

As COVID-19 rages across the world, Samaritan’s Purse has mobilised to respond in Jesus’ Name. In an unprecedented and widespread disaster that is both global and local in nature, we are doing all we can to provide care to those ravaged by this terrible disease.

THIS IS LOVE – PROTECTION: Covid-19 Appeal. Samaritan’s Purse have launched a new ‘This is Love’ initiative. We are leveraging our disaster relief supply chain to equip the good work of UK churches and charities with PPE as they strive to meet the practical needs of the most disadvantaged in their communities, under the ever-present risk of the coronavirus

They have been standing in the gap for years, but now these essential services are more important than ever. Food banks, supporting refugees, sheltering the homeless, and caring for the elderly are key to ensuring the marginalised in society are not forgotten. But these and many other vital but overlooked services are at risk.

We have already received over 500 requests from people and projects who desperately need the equipment to carry on. Vital face masks, gloves, and sanitiser would allow them to have a measure of safety as they care for their communities.  We are hearing that people are tired, scared and sometimes feel forgotten, but they don’t have to be.


Protection, Provision and Prayer for the UK

Samaritan’s Purse is stepping out in faith and allocating every penny we can to support them. Utilising our international supply chain, we have sourced:

FFP1 masks:   96,000 pcs.
FFP2 masks:   48,000 pcs.
Latex Gloves:   60,000 pcs.
Nitrile Gloves:   60,000 pcs.
Sanitiser:   2,100 lt

We have already sent over 250 kits which each include over £250 worth of FFP1 disposable face masks, FFP2 disposable masks, disposable nitrile and latex gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Hundreds more will be dispatched in the next week, using all of our available funds and stocks.

Can you help to ensure the vulnerable are protected?

We’ve had to close our application process due to such high demand and we desperately need to be able to source more PPE. Each gift will help us to supply another project with vital PPE to serve their community:

  • £22.40 could supply 50 more FFP1 masks
  • £44.80 could supply 100 latex gloves
  • £285 could supply an entire Community Care PPE kit (including FFP1 disposable face masks, FFP2 disposable masks, disposable nitrile and latex gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.)

Here are just three of the many requests for support we’ve received from Good Samaritans 

  • We need PPE for our staff as we provide 24 hour supported accommodation in registered care homes; we literally can’t carry on without it.
  • Support would make all the difference as we help to give food, groceries, and share the love of Christ to asylum seekers, single elderly people from minority communities, international students stuck in hostels, low-income families and parents of children with autism.
  • Masks and gloves would lower the risk as we work with the homeless in our city every week, as we provide up to 70 warm meals a night.

Will you offer protection to a Good Samaritan?


 We are striving to ‘Stand in the Gap’ and support Good Samaritans as they themselves extend Christ’s love in practical ways to those who need us the most. Please join with us.

‘And this is love that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.’ 2 John 1:6

For this is Love

Standing in the gap – stories of Community Care Grants in action

‘I don’t know what would happen if you weren’t here. I think I would have died if it wasn’t for you.’

Read About a Day in The Life Of UK Mission

Find out more about the projects we are supporting together.

View The Interactive Map

You can click on each one to see more details of how churches and charities are caring for a country in need. Who knows; there may be one local to you?

The first of our church partnerships is just beginning in the form of the provision of five new food banks and support for Christians to volunteer in hospitals

More ways Samaritan’s Purse are responding to the global crisis:

Direct clinical care: Samaritan’s Purse directly provided critical clinical care in the global epicentres of the pandemic, Italy and New York City, through the deployment of two emergency field hospitals and teams of disaster assistance and emergency medical specialist personnel.

Providing key equipment: We are distributing Personal Protective Equipment. Earlier in the pandemic we sent supplies to meet overwhelming needs in China, and now we are extending this to other areas where need has become dire.

Ministering to meet emotional and psychological need: Rapid Response Team Chaplains from our sister organisation, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, have virtually deployed ministering by phone to people experiencing fear, or suffering from anxiety and grief across the UK. Support can be found here.