Monday, October 17, 2011

Compassion Organization 2

            Today I spoke with a representative (Jim) from the Samaritan’s Purse organization.  My intent was to grasp an internal perspective of what this international organization was all about.  During this interview, I discovered just how much impact this organization has throughout the world.   

            Since its birth in 1970, Samaritan's Purse has remained faithful to their mission statement that reads “a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”

            Over the last 40 years this organization has been a vital part of the relief efforts around the globe.  Their most recognized claim is with disaster relief initiatives.  From tsunami’s and earthquakes to widespread famine, Samaritan’s Purse is on call ready to deliver whatever aid is needed.  

            During my interview with Jim, he expressed a level of excitement when talking about another division of the organization called the Children’s Heart Project.  Since 1997, this mission has helped over 700 children all over the world with extensive heart surgeries and treatment.  What I found most interesting was that there were donors to this organization who specifically gave money for the transportation of children from around the world so they could get the care they needed.  Jim expressed, “this project has been an incredible way to witness to the families of these children.”

             With decades of credibility and faithfulness to the mission, Samaritans Purse has been growing extensively.  As the organization grows so does the need to finance the mission.  Surprisingly, I was informed that the majority of the funding needed came from individual donors.  Not individual churches, individual people.

In my opinion, Samaritans Purse has been a world leader in global aid. Their mission is not limited to bringing aid when needed; their mission goes much further than that.  Yes, they help save lives by providing for physical needs, but they provide a message of Good News that brings aid to each spiritual need as well.  They bring with them the heart of Christ, a heart that has compassion to see all people rescued. 

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