Miracles on Miracles: 2021 Wrapped

Happy New Year, On the Ground listeners! God moved in amazing ways through Samaritan’s Purse in 2021. Join us as Kristy shares unheard miracle stories from our work in some of the most remote corners of the world.

See photo highlights from the year.

– Read how “Faith Still Stands Amid Mayfield’s Grieving” as volunteers help hurting homeowners in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes across the U.S.

– Check out pictures and videos of God’s faithfulness through the past year on our Instagram.

– Are you interested in finding the Good News of Salvation? Visit the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Show Notes

God moved incredibly through the prayers of Samaritan’s Purse donors, staff, volunteers, and leadership through the past year. In today’s episode, Kristy Graham takes you around the world to hear about miracles that happened in 2021.

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One Gift to Help Change the World


All around the world, people are receiving help in Jesus’ Name because of your support of the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog! But what does that look like in the life of just one person, family, or community? In this joy-filled episode, Kristy Graham and members of the podcast team each highlight their favorite gift items in the 2021 Christmas Catalog. From serving desperate refugees to planting a grove of trees, stories are shared of how lives have been transformed and renewed.

– Bless families across the world through the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog.

Learn more about how your family can give to the Christmas Catalog today!

– Are you interested in finding the Good News of Salvation? Visit the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

– See the podcast team’s favorite gift items this year!
o Serve Desperate Refugees
o Rescue Children in Crisis
o Bring Clean Water to a Community
o Honeybees
o Empower Vulnerable Women
o Plant a Grove of Trees

Show Notes

Merry Christmas, On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse listeners!

Each year, Samaritan’s Purse creates a Christmas Catalog that spotlights various ministries that meet both physical and spiritual needs around the world. The podcast team gathered to pick out their favorite projects in the Catalog this year, and we want to share that with you.

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Special Episode! Behind the Scenes of Christmas Eve Lunch in Kentucky

Samaritan's Purse helps families devastated by the deadly tornadoes in Kentucky.
Samaritan’s Purse helps families devastated by the deadly tornadoes in Kentucky.

 

Kristy Graham shares the ministry’s God-sized goal—feeding thousands of people in Mayfield, Kentucky on Christmas Eve. On December 15th, the idea was first discussed. Now, our food services team is hard at work, preparing to serve families devastated by the Kentucky tornadoes.

Follow along on Instagram as the podcast team shows you behind the scenes of cooking Christmas Eve lunch for thousands of people.

Volunteer with us in Kentucky, Washington, or Louisiana.

Listen to an update from our team on the ground just days after the tornadoes hit Mayfield, Kentucky.

Read harrowing stories from homeowners who lost everything in the deadly tornadoes.

• If you need prayer or support, please call the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s 24-Hour Prayer Line at 888-388-2683.

Show Notes

For families in Mayfield, Kentucky, Christmas will look a lot different this year. The town was leveled by an EF4 tornado on December 10th. Less than 24 hours later, Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground.

Now, teams of volunteers are continuing to help hurting homeowners start to recover by clearing debris, salvaging personal belongings, and tarping damaged roofs. Most importantly, they are bringing hope as they demonstrate God’s love in the aftermath of the disaster.

Knowing Christmas would not be the same, Samaritan’s Purse wanted to bless impacted families this Christmas season. We are planning to feed more than 4,000 people and give away toys and gifts to these families. Melissa, one of our podcast team members, sat down with Andy Jeter, the director of food services, to learn more about this Christmas Eve lunch.

The Headlines: Devastating Tornado Outbreak


“I’ve never seen anything like this,” shares a Samaritan’s Purse photographer on the ground this weekend in Mayfield, Kentucky. Samaritan’s Purse is actively responding to the deadly tornadoes that ripped through multiple states. Kristy Graham shares how the ministry is mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help hurting homeowners in Jesus’ Name.

– If you’d like to volunteer alongside Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief, please find more information and

Welcoming Our Afghan Neighbors


Samaritan’s Purse is providing care and support for Afghan families that have fled their homeland. Kristy Graham shares how the ministry is helping Afghans in transit in Albania and working with local churches to resettle families in the United States.

– If you are interested in sponsoring an Afghan family, visit our website to learn more and let us know you are interested.

– Listen back to “In the News – Responding to the Afghanistan Crisis,” to learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse mobilized teams to help Afghan families at the beginning of the crisis.

– Read “Samaritan’s Purse Airlifts, Distributes Relief to Help Evacuees from Afghanistan” and see how our ministry is bringing critical relief items to people in need.

– Learn more about the Good News of Salvation by visiting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Show Notes

Since the Afghanistan crisis in August, Samaritan’s Purse has been helping hurting families that fled with only the clothes on their backs. Many who barely escaped are now in need of food, clothing, and emotional support as they begin to rebuild their lives.

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Come and See: Saving Lives through Surgery

It takes three hours in the operating room to set a broken leg and even less than that to mend a cleft lip. In today’s episode, join Kristy Graham as she speaks with Samaritan’s Purse medical specialists and shares stories of patients in Malawi and South Sudan. Both the orthopedic and cleft lip surgeries are transformational to every patient—allowing them to return to work, provide for their families, go back to school, and begin a new life.

– Learn more about the 23 orthopedic surgeries that Samaritan’s Purse performed this year in Malawi at the Nhakoma Mission Hospital.

– See photos and read stories about the patients that were transformed by the cleft lip procedures provided in South Sudan.

– Are you interested in diving deeper into the Good News of Salvation? Visit the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Show Notes

“It doesn’t happen in our world, but it happens in the world,” shares Jill Gerber, a nurse that has been serving with Samaritan’s Purse for 11 years.

In this episode, Kristy Graham sheds light on two projects within the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog that are transforming lives: support a mission hospital and mend a cleft lip. Many developing countries don’t have access to proper medical care, which causes a devastating ripple effect in hurting communities.

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Adoption Awareness Month: Orphan Care and Family Support


In honor of National Adoption Month this November, Kristy shares specific ways that Samaritan’s Purse provides orphan care and her family’s personal adoptive story. She speaks with the directors from orphanages that Samaritan’s Purse supports to hear testimonies of children’s lives forever changed. Kristy also sheds light on the need for adoptive family support and shares ways to pray for those affected by the orphan crisis.

– Discover more information on how the Samaritan’s Purse Greta Home and Academy provides a Christian environment for orphaned children in Haiti.

– Find out more about the Christian Happy Homes through Mercy Ministries and how they are raising orphans with God’s love in Thailand and Cambodia.

– One way to support orphans around the world is by packing a shoebox through Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child! These boxes are delivered to orphanages with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

– Learn more about the Good News of Salvation by visiting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Show Notes

James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

November is National Adoption Month, which aims to bring awareness to vulnerable children that are abandoned, neglected, or orphaned. In today’s episode, Kristy shares how Samaritan’s Purse is supporting orphans, coming alongside adoptive families and sharing God’s love with the next generation. She also invites her husband, Edward Graham, to help share their own adoptive story.

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Honoring Veterans Day: A Lifetime of Service


We have nearly 100 veterans serving at Samaritan’s Purse, but God allows us to help hundreds more through Operation Heal Our Patriots—a ministry that brings wounded veterans and their spouses to a week-long retreat in Alaska. This Veterans Day, Kristy highlights opportunities that the ministry provides for veterans who have a heart to serve.

Discover more information on the life-changing ministry of Operation Heal Our Patriots and how it continues to restore marriages.

– Are you a service member from a U.S. military branch who has been injured or wounded in active duty after September 11, 2001? Consider applying to Operation Heal Our Patriots for an opportunity of spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment.

– Learn more about the Good News of Salvation by visiting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

– Listen to past episodes that feature Operation Heal Our Patriots:

Show Notes

Veterans Day, remembered annually on November 11, is an opportunity to honor and acknowledge veterans and Gold Star families that have sacrificed for our freedom. We have nearly 100 veterans serving at Samaritan’s Purse, but God allows the ministry to help hundreds more through Operation Heal Our Patriots. This program starts with a week-long marriage retreat in Alaska then continues through ongoing support and family care. In this episode, Kristy Graham sheds light on the ways that Samaritan’s Purse gives opportunities for veterans to fulfill their hearts for service long after their week at Operation Heal Our Patriots comes to a close.

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October Ministry Highlights

This week, Kristy Graham hears from Samaritan’s Purse key leaders to learn more about how we are responding after Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan crisis, and the Haiti earthquake.

Although the news cycle has since turned over and our attention has been focused in other places—one of the incredible things about God is that He doesn’t forget. He is equipping Samaritan’s Purse to continue working in broken places to help people physically and spiritually. This week, Kristy Graham hears from Samaritan’s Purse key leaders to learn more about how we are responding after Hurricane Ida, the Afghanistan crisis, and the Haiti earthquake.

– Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities,” to read more about how the ministry is bringing hope to Haiti during a time of crisis.

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of how Samaritan’s Purse is helping people in Jesus’ Name.

Show Notes

As the world is constantly changing and we are receiving new updates every hour, Samaritan’s Purse is not only responding to events as they arise, but faithfully staying until the need is met. Kristy Graham hears from three ministry leaders about our work in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, Virginia to aid Afghan refugees, and Haiti after the earthquake.

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A Lasting Impact: The Global Internship Program

Every summer, spring, and fall, Samaritan’s Purse offers competitive, Gospel-focused internships. In this episode, Kristy hears from a handful of this year’s interns, as well as the ministry’s vice president of human resources to dive deeper into the program and its impact throughout our organization. Through intentional mentorship from supervisors, managers, and coworkers, interns have the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith and skillset.

Apply for the Samaritan’s Purse 2022 summer internship season to be a part of bringing relief and the hope of the Gospel to hurting people. Applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 1, 2022.

– Check out our website to learn more about how both domestic and international interns are making an eternal difference.

– Read Serving God in Colombia to hear a past intern’s experience serving overseas.

Show Notes

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

Since 2013, Samaritan’s Purse has offered competitive, Gospel-focused internships for students around the globe. In this episode, Kristy take a closer look at the robust program and the impact that it has across the ministry. She hears from this year’s summer interns, Parker Primrose and Joelle Gates-Bassett, along with Cindy Rutz, the vice president of Human Resources.

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