Samaritan's Purse

Helping in Jesus' Name

Boone, NC   |


Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Principal Officer

Mr. W. Franklin Graham

Main address

PO Box 3000

Boone, NC 28607 USA

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Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Whether due to famine, conflict, persistent poverty, or natural disasters, people around the world are brought low by circumstances and catastrophes. Fallen along the wayside of life, these families and communities are in need of both physical assistance and the love of Christ. Recognizing these needs, Samaritan's Purse provides physical aid while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and ministering to the broken.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, makes it possible for millions of children around the world to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts. In the hands of local churches, these simple shoebox gifts become Gospel opportunities through which children and families come to faith in Christ, churches are planted, and new believers are discipled in some of the most unreached places in the world. Since 1993, we have collected and delivered more than 168 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries. Last year, more than 10.6 million shoeboxes were collected and sent from eight countries.

Population(s) Served

We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster, famine, and epidemics in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local ministry partners already on the scene. Samaritan’s Purse is one of the world’s leading relief agencies in organizing large-scale distributions, mobilizing field hospitals, deploying aircraft to remote areas, and caring for people with contagious diseases. In the U.S., we quickly respond when hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms strike, mobilizing staff and volunteers to provide emergency aid to disaster victims. By offering high-quality relief, we have opportunities to share God's love with hurting people in times of crisis.

Population(s) Served

As the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, World Medical Mission sends medical personnel and equipment to mission hospitals across the world that would be forced to close without outside assistance. To support these mission hospitals, our biomedical team refurbishes donated medical equipment while training local technicians to maintain the equipment long-term. Our Post-Residency Program meets the needs of struggling mission hospitals by providing new Christian physicians a pathway to full-time medical mission work. Through faithful believers gifted in medicine, we have reached millions of people since 1977 with quality medical care and the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served

Operation Heal Our Patriots gives physically and emotionally wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. In the pristine wilderness of Alaska, couples participate in daily marriage enrichment classes that equip them with practical and relational tools to build strong marriages on the foundation of Christ. After the week in Alaska, we provide a lifetime of support through crisis care, ongoing counseling, and fostering community between alumni. Since 2012, more than 1,000 couples have completed the program, and nearly 500 committed their marriages to Christ.

Population(s) Served

Children's Heart Project arranges life-saving heart surgery for children who live in countries where the required medical expertise and equipment are not available. Since 1997, Children's Heart Project has helped more than 1,300 children. During their six-week stay in North America, these children, their mothers, and a translator live with a Christian host family who demonstrate God’s love through practical help and emotional support. After hearing the Gospel, many children and mothers come to know Jesus and return to their home countries as ambassadors of Christ.

Population(s) Served

Through our development programs, Samaritan’s Purse is helping families, churches, and communities develop long-term solutions to problems. We are helping change lives through animals, agriculture, and livelihoods programs; children’s programs; construction programs; discipleship, education, and training; health and medical ministries; water, sanitation, and hygiene programs; and women’s programs. By integrating existing local resources and establishing local oversight, we offer communities the tools needed to attain and maintain self-sufficiency. As a result, beneficiaries are empowered and sustainable change is implemented. As part of our mission to build up the body of Christ, we provide resources and training to local churches so they can strengthen families and positively impact their communities with the Gospel message.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God's desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise." For over 40 years, Samaritan's Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ's command by going to the aid of the world's poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ. As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?" The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Corinthians 4:5, NASB).

Preparedness for international crisis relief is of vital importance. Based on the certainty of more disasters and the likelihood that they will have even wider impact, Samaritan's Purse is prepared to provide efficient and effective emergency relief for people and communities living amidst the ensuing destruction. A central motto of Samaritan's Purse is “the quality of our work is the platform of our witness." To ensure consistently excellent work, our disaster relief program includes several components which are essential when responding to humanitarian crises occurring globally and, at times, simultaneously:
—structured response with clear goals and defined outcomes
—clearly identified roles and responsibilities before a disaster strikes
—qualified and highly-trained staff
—complete organizational involvement across all departments

VOLUNTEERS: Our worldwide projects would not be possible without our hard-working and loyal volunteers. Since 1998, more than 152,000 volunteers have worked with U.S. Disaster Relief to repair roofs, remove downed trees and debris, sift through ash, and prepare affected homes for repair. More than 100,000 domestic volunteers and 6,000 international volunteers serve annually through Operation Christmas Child—enabling Samaritan's Purse to reach millions of children with the Gospel. More than 920,000 teachers have been trained to take children through The Greatest Journey discipleship program, through which nine million children have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Hundreds of medical professionals serve with World Medical Mission each year, meeting medical needs for thousands of people in dozens of developing countries.

CHURCH PARTNERS: By partnering with local churches around the world, we have increased access, knowledge, and support to bring physical and spiritual aid in the Name of Jesus. Through U.S. Disaster Relief, we rely on a national network of churches to support our deployments. Internationally, our church partnerships help facilitate Operation Christmas Child and disaster responses—providing us an expanded capacity to reach the nations.

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM (IMT) AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESPONSE TEAM (DART): The Samaritan's Purse IMT monitors global situations, communicates with our partners around the world, coordinates emergency relief responses, and supports DARTs to provide relief and assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. Currently we have more than 800 people trained to serve on these teams, which demonstrate an exemplary standard of excellence in assessment, information exchange, and managerial skills.

EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL: Ready to deploy at a moment's notice, the emergency field hospital provides medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where the medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed, or non-existent. Each unit is customizable and can include an emergency room, two operating theatres, a critical care unit, and more than 50 inpatient beds. This asset has enabled Samaritan's Purse medical staff to provide relief to earthquake survivors in Ecuador, life-saving care to more than 4,000 victims of war in Iraq, and medical care for more than 5,700 cyclone survivors in Mozambique.

AVIATION: Samaritan's Purse brings relief to disaster areas and facilitates development projects through the use of aircraft based in Africa, Alaska, and North Carolina. In a single flight, our DC-8 aircraft can transport 40 tons of relief supplies and 30 emergency personnel into a disaster zone. With a 7,000-mile range, the aircraft can fly directly from its North Carolina hangar to nearly anywhere on the globe.

More than 168 million children have found love and the hope of the Gospel in shoebox gifts distributed through Operation Christmas Child. To date, nearly 19 million children have participated in The Greatest Journey discipleship program that accompanies shoebox distributions.

Since 1998, U.S. Disaster Relief has helped more than 43,000 families through disaster responses in 37 states.

Globally, Samaritan's Purse has responded to crises in dozens of countries by bringing emergency relief in Jesus' Name. In 2019, we treated Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the epicenter of the second largest Ebola outbreak in history; airlifted relief supplies and an emergency field hospital to provide aid to cyclone survivors in Mozambique; and provided care in Colombia for Venezuelan migrants escaping severe food shortages, a broken economy, and a collapsing healthcare system.

Across the world, Samaritan's Purse has impacted impoverished communities and vulnerable people groups through a variety of development projects including: Animals, Agriculture, and Livelihoods; Children's Ministries; Construction Projects; Discipleship, Education, and Training; Feeding Programs; Health and Medical Ministries; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Projects; and Women's Programs.

Samaritan's Purse will continue to bring physical and spiritual aid to hurting people around the world in Jesus' Name—as we've done since our inception in 1970. With dependable capabilities like the DC-8 and innovative strategies such as the emergency field hospital, we will expand our positioning on the frontlines of humanitarian disasters.


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Samaritan's Purse

Board of directors
as of 11/25/2019
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Board chair

W. Graham


William Graham

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Sterling Carroll

Michael Cheatham

Melvin Graham

Roy Graham

Michael Harwood

Skip Heitzig

Thomas Hodges

Douglas Horne

Cissie Lynch

Felix del Campo

James Oliver

Brian Pauls

Phyllis Payne

Jerry Prevo

Paul Saber

John Scott

Robert Shank

Brian Pauls