Raising Families

Raising Families

'So the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?"'

Exodus 4: 2 (NKJV)

In Exodus 4:2, God encouraged Moses to use what he had in his hands. Samaritan’s Purse is following this example, by providing training to local churches they encourage the poorest, most vulnerable families to recognise what they already have, rather than what they do not have.

Church Action Groups, biblically envisioned by Samaritan’s Purse, act as catalysts for change by helping families to develop the skills and resources they will then need to bring about lasting change with what they have. Over time, hearts, mind-sets and whole communities are changed forever. At Samaritans Purse, we call this ‘Raising Families’.

Through this practical application of the Gospel, taught by their local church, the most vulnerable families’ futures are being transformed, bursting out of poverty into the fullness of life, all whilst being encouraged to establish a living, personal relationship with their heavenly Father.


Dorothea is typical of the transformation now taking place through Raising Families. Before she received training from Samaritan’s Purse, her life was hard...

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Raising Families isn’t about doing things for people; it’s about enabling people to do things for themselves.



Step 1

Those who are poor are made in the image of God, having dignity, knowledge, abilities and resources. Because of its presence among the poor, the local church is in a unique position to restore their God-given dignity.


What has God Provided?

Step 2

For the first time, the eyes of the poor are opened to what God has placed in their hand - land, animals, plants, time, or skills - they give it to the Lord to bless and use.


How Can you use this?

Step 3

By enabling people to do things for themselves, people rediscover their self-worth and learn new skills, as well as how to put existing skills and resources to work in a new way.


Live it out

Step 4

Over time, hearts and mind-sets change and whole communities become able to provide for themselves.


"The church is key because it is the only community-based institution which is permanently present, teaching people to share the love of God, whereby everybody in the community is cared for and people rediscover that they are loved, valued and have gifts that can be used for the wellbeing of the entire community…".
(Gideon – a young man who leads a Church Action Group).

In a single month, 450 vulnerable people came to know the Lord Jesus through Raising Families. Transformed churches are transforming lives.

Poverty is still a huge problem in our world, with almost 9.6% of the global population trapped by it.

However, through Raising Families and a transformed local church, together we can be part of something special and bring physical and spiritual transformation to hurting families through the power of Jesus Christ.


Vulnerable families who participate in a Raising Families programme realise tangible outcomes and benefits either through their own efforts and using their own resources, or through resources shared or provided by others in their community. Typical benefits include:

  • Recognising 'what they have' to create a sustainable living for them and their families
  • Having access to funds (for investment) through a community savings and loans scheme
  • Having enough food for their children/families
  • Having enough money to pay for their children's education, including the purchase of school uniforms and scholastic supplies
  • Being able to afford health insurance and access to healthcare for all family members
  • Restoring a right relationship with God, resulting in improved relationships with family and neighbours.

Thanks to you and your support, these tangible benefits are made possible.

Together we are Raising Families in Swaziland, Rwanda, Uganda and Central Asia


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'From what I have seen and heard, Raising Families is the only programme of it's kind that combines both proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel, connecting mission with community transformation.'

Chris Rogers – Author and Pastor of All Hallows, Bow