Medical Ministries

Common ailments often go undetected in many developing countries and quickly become a matter of life or death. Most face the real threat of never receiving life-giving treatment. Samaritan’s Purse provides doctors, nurses, medical equipment, and other aid while administering hope through the healing power of the Great Physician.

With your support, those living with conditions such as heart defects, cleft lips and cataracts can receive life-changing surgery, and together we can show them how precious they are in the eyes of God.


Cleft Lip Surgery

Samaritan’s Purse have worked in Liberia, Bolivia, Myanmar, and Guatemala to provide transformative surgery and share with patients around the world that Jesus loves them and that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Often patients have endured ridicule or teased, and have been despised by other members in their community.

“What began as a very small, fledgling programme, God has brought to fruition time and time again. I’m astounded that year after year, it still happens, against the odds,” said Karen Daniels, manager of the cleft surgical teams. “My hope is that the patients have an encounter with Jesus and remember the love they felt here.”

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery—a simple enough procedure in Western countries—is nearly impossible to access in some parts of the world. When people’s eyes begin to cloud with cataracts, it is typically only a matter of time before they reach complete blindness.

Being blind in some parts of the world can be near debilitating and for many the hope of seeing again is so great, the gift of eyesight completely changes their lives.

When Jesus heard the cries of the blind men, He “had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight” (Matthew 20:34). Samaritan’s Purse is following the example of the Saviour by caring for people who have lost their sight due to cataracts.

Children’s Heart Project

Through the Children’s Heart Project, Samaritan’s Purse arranges for surgery for children with congenital heart defects who live in countries such as Uganda, Mongolia, and Bolivia, where the required medical expertise and equipment for this type of surgery are not available.

Often patients have endured ridicule or bullying, and have been despised by other members in their community.

We praise God that these children now have a second chance at life, as many likely would not have lived to be adults without heart surgery. Partner hospitals in North America donate their surgical services and Samaritan’s Purse provides airfare for the child, a parent, and a translator, and arranges churches and host families to offer loving care while the child recovers.

World Medical Mission

Samaritan’s Purse supports 48 christian mission hospitals in 30 countries—representing millions of lives who depend on them for medical care.

World Medical Mission is the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse that enables doctors and other medical personnel such as doctors and dentists a unique opportunity to serve on short-term missions in the field.

Missionary doctors are the lifeblood of overseas christian hospitals, helping to fill critical staffing needs for medical facilities that typically operate with limited resources in remote corners of the world.

Just before Jesus shared the parable of the Good Samaritan, He commissioned 70 of His followers to go ahead of Him, taking the Gospel into various places, and even to work miracles among those who were sick and desperate. He told them, “Heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’” (Luke 10:9).

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