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 Columbia 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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Finding God in the Floorboards: Operation Christmas Child

Izabella McMillon received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox when she was a 13-year-old living in communist Romania. The simple shoebox was a source of hope and led her to give her life to the Lord. Izabella, who now works for Samaritan’s Purse as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, shares with Kristy about her experience growing up in a communist country and how her faith was sealed through a shoebox.
Izabella McMillon received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox when she was a 13-year-old living in communist Romania. The simple shoebox was a source of hope and led her to give her life to the Lord. Izabella, who now works for Samaritan’s Purse as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, shares with Kristy about her experience growing up in a communist country and how her faith was sealed through a shoebox.

– Watch Izabella McMillon’s Full Circle Story with Operation Child as she explains where her story with the ministry first began.

Find out more information on how to pack a shoebox, drop-off locations, free materials, and building a shoebox online on our Samaritan’s Purse website.

Show Notes

To kick off the Operation Christmas Child season, Kristy speaks with Izabella McMillon, who received a shoebox as a child growing up in communist Romania. Now serving as the Speakers Bureau Manager for Operation Christmas Child, she shares her story and equips other shoebox recipients to do the same.

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The Headlines: Hurricane Ida Causes Mass Devastation

On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone.
On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone.

– Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ in Louisiana! Check out SPvolunteer.org to see how you can serve.

– Visit our website to read more stories about how our team is encouraging families in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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Show Notes

Two weeks ago, on August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida’s path took a devastating turn as it barreled toward the southeastern border of Louisiana. The Category 4 storm unearthed trees, homes, and communities as it spread through the Greater New Orleans area. All the while, Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief teams were tracking the storm and standing by to assess the damage.

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Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2001, is a somber anniversary of the day that changed the United States forever. In this reflective episode, we honor and remember the lives that were lost on 9/11 and those who defended our freedom in the wars that followed. Kristy Graham offers personal reflections and shares Billy Graham’s address to the nation in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks.

– Watch Billy Graham’s 9/11 Message at the National Cathedral only days following the attacks.

– Call the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) 24-hour Prayer Line at 888-388-2683, if you’d like prayer and support during this somber 9/11 anniversary.

Show Notes

September 11, 2001, marks the solemn day when the United States experienced the worst terrorist attack on our own soil. On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse is pausing to reflect, honor, and remember those who were lost on 9/11, as well as those that served and gave their lives while protecting our nation’s freedom in the wars that followed.

Kristy Graham opens the episode with her thoughts and condolences regarding the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She tells listeners that her hope and prayer through this remembrance is that the United States can once again be united. Kristy then shares her grandfather-in-law Billy Graham’s address to the country at the National Cathedral.

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The Headlines: 5 Minutes in 4 Places

News is changing by the hour. All around the world, people are experiencing unthinkable devastation, and Samaritan’s Purse is in the middle of it—helping in Jesus’ Name. Kristy Graham asks key leaders to share current updates from our work with Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, COVID-19 outbreaks in Mississippi, the earthquake in Haiti, and the crisis in Afghanistan.
– Check out our episode called, “After the Shock: Haiti Earthquake,” to hear stories from our Disaster Assistance Response Team and the beneficiaries we’re helping on the ground in Haiti.

– Listen to “In the News – Responding to the Afghanistan Crisis.” Kristy shares how Samaritan’s Purse was able to quickly mobilize critical relief supplies and disaster responders to help care for families in the wake of the heartbreaking events in Afghanistan.

– Read “Staff, Trucks on the Ground in Louisiana After Hurricane Ida,” to learn how to pray more specifically for victims of the hurricane and our teams on the ground.

– To volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief, visit spvolunteer.org to learn about how you can help alongside us in Jesus’ Name.

Show Notes

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.”

Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In recent days, Samaritan’s Purse has been responding to simultaneous disasters affecting families around the world. Kristy Graham sits down with strategic leaders in the ministry to share updates on how we’re helping after Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, rising COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tragedy in Afghanistan.

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After the Shock: Haiti Earthquake

On Saturday, August 14, the world awoke to the devastating news of an earthquake hitting the southern coast of Haiti. The next day, Samaritan’s Purse airlifted disaster response specialists and critical relief supplies to provide help to families in urgent need. Kristy talks with team members and beneficiaries on the ground to hear the latest updates.

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

– Follow us on Instagram to see the Samaritan’s Purse response team bring help to hurting people in Haiti.

– Go back and listen to our episode called, “In the News – Haiti Earthquake,” to hear how Samaritan’s Purse was able to respond at a moment’s notice to the earthquake in Haiti.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us in another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. On August 14, Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake—compounding more devastation to the already hurting country. In the weeks prior, Haiti was experiencing extreme turmoil with their president’s assassination and rising gang activity. In the hours after the earthquake, Samaritan’s Purse sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) along with 31 tons of relief supplies to provide immediate help. In this episode, Kristy connects with several DART members who are currently on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name.

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In the News – Responding to the Afghanistan Crisis

With the chaos of the current events taking place in Afghanistan, Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with organizations on the ground to sponsor flights and bring people to safety. The ministry is deploying our Disaster Assistance Response Team to determine how we can meet urgent physical needs. In this timely update, Kristy meets with ministry leaders who give insight to our work, and urges the body of Christ to pray for hurting families and our teams on the ground.(Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

– Read “Samaritan’s Purse Helping Desperate Afghans,” to learn more details about how the ministry is responding to the needs of the people in Afghanistan, and how you can help.

– Watch Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse, as he called for a time of prayer for Afghanistan—asking our nation to pray for the country, U.S. leadership, and all those whose very lives are being threatened by the Taliban.

Follow us on Instagram to hear more about Kristy’s heart for hurting people in Afghanistan.

Show Notes

Thank you for listening in to another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In recent days, the world has had their eyes focused on the devastating events taking place in Afghanistan. Samaritan’s Purse is currently partnering with organizations on the ground to sponsor flights to bring people to safety. In this timely episode, Kristy speaks with Ken Isaacs, the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations, as he gives updates on how Samaritan’s Purse is helping men, women, and children out of this horrific situation.

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Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God: Marigold

When ISIS invaded Sinjar in 2014, the Yazidi community was forced to leave everything behind and flee their homes—many not surviving the brutal attack. Marigold, who now oversees mental health initiatives for Samaritan’s Purse in Iraq, came out of retirement to walk alongside them in their suffering. In this special feature episode, Kristy hears how Marigold is offering care, compassion, and hope to the Yazidis as they begin to return home seven years later.
When ISIS invaded Sinjar in 2014, the Yazidi community was forced to leave everything behind and flee their homes—many not surviving the brutal attack. Marigold, who now oversees mental health initiatives for Samaritan’s Purse in Iraq, came out of retirement to walk alongside them in their suffering. In this special feature episode, Kristy hears how Marigold is offering care, compassion, and hope to the Yazidis as they begin to return home seven years later.

– Listen to our podcast episode “Finding Hope in the Middle East,” to dive deeper with Kristy into the work Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

– Read “Honey Helps Soothe the Sting of War,” on our website to learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse is walking alongside the Yazidi people to continue to bring restoration and hope.

Follow us on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of Marigold and the women she’s helping in Iraq.

Show Notes

Thank you for tuning in to another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In this special feature of “Ordinary People Serving an Extraordinary God,” Kristy interviews Marigold, the program manager of the mental health initiatives in Iraq.

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In the News – Earthquake in Haiti

Samaritan’s Purse is responding in southeastern Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday, August 14. Our DC-8 cargo plane has airlifted medical personnel and disaster response specialists, along with shelter materials, water filtration systems, and other supplies to help suffering Haitian families.
Samaritan’s Purse is responding in southeastern Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday, August 14. Our DC-8 cargo plane has airlifted medical personnel and disaster response specialists, along with shelter materials, water filtration systems, and other supplies to help suffering Haitian families.

– Read “Samaritan’s Purse On the Ground in Haiti After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern Cities” to learn more about our disaster relief efforts, specific prayer requests, and ways to get involved.

– If you’d like to hear more about our work in Haiti to bring hope and healing, listen to the podcast episode, “Let Us Not Grow Weary: 2021.”

Visit our website to follow along with all the ways God continues to work around the world through Samaritan’s Purse. Please pray for those suffering as a result of a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi, wildfires in California, and in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us for a bonus episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse, hosted by Kristy Graham. In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the southern region of Haiti—destroying communities and trapping people underneath the debris.

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Finding Hope in the Middle East

For decades now, the Middle East has suffered from conflict, famine, and war—leaving many without hope. Countless people bear the scars of trauma, but we are seeing God restore families and communities through the work of Samaritan’s Purse. In this eye-opening episode, Kristy Graham describes the magnitude of devastation that communities have witnessed and tells the story of God’s faithfulness in the lives of many hurting people who are in search of peace and healing.

– Follow along on our website and social media where we share powerful testimonies of families in the Middle East.

– To hear other episodes about our work in the Middle East, you can listen to “Inside a Refugee Camp,” and “World Refugee Day: Supporting Families in Iraq.”

– Visit the On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse Instagram page to hear more of Kristy’s personal thoughts and reflections on our Middle East projects.

Show Notes

Thank you for joining us for another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse. Today, Kristy Graham is taking you behind the scenes to hear how Samaritan’s Purse is working in the Middle East.

For years, families in this region of the world have experienced unimaginable suffering because of war, conflict, famine, drought, and fire. Situated on the historical lands of the Bible, the Middle East is known for its warm hospitality and rich culture. Tragically, countless lives are also marked by trauma, but with God’s direction, Samaritan’s Purse is helping restore their hope.

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