Meet Kelly Sites, A DART Nurse

Thank you for tuning in to another episode of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse. Our goal is to take you both to the front lines of our work and behind-the-scenes to hear the hearts of those who are serving!

This week, join Kristy Graham as she introduces you to Kelly Sites, a nurse on our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). The Samaritan’s Purse International DART program is committed to meeting critical needs around the world and is ready to respond whenever a disaster strikes. Submerge into Kelly’s story to learn how she initially got involved with Samaritan’s Purse.

“There’s nothing better than working with the skills God has given you to use them for eternal purposes.” – Kelly Sites

At the beginning of 2009, Kelly submitted her life and nursing skills to God, and one year later she felt God calling her to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse. Her first deployment included medically serving those who were affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Now, after ten years, she has been on 17 deployments with the ministry.

Listen as Kelly describes her experience of being on the DART roster – and how it feels to get the call to leave her day-to-day life at a moment’s notice. She stresses the importance of having open communication with her husband and two children. Kelly depicts to Kristy that this principle has taught their family Godly perspective and priorities.

Kelly has helped countless patients around the world, many who have made a memorable mark on her life. Listen as she recounts one of her most touching memories – helping Serena, a patient suffering with Ebola in Liberia in 2014. Serena watched her sister suffer through the devastating infection and soon found out she had the disease herself. Kelly was able to offer her compassion and encouragement even in her darkest days.

“When you’re in the trenches with people who are hurting, who’ve lost everything… it gives us the privilege, honor and opportunity to tell them about the light of Christ.” – Kelly Sites

As the episode wraps, Kelly gives insight and advice to those considering applying to be a part of the DART. She gives a practical outlook of a day in the life of a DART member, and how God continues to work through Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief.

Please join us in praying for those who serve on the Samaritan’s Purse International DART as they provide water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

An Inside Look

Is God calling you to be a part of disaster relief with Samaritan’s Purse? Apply to be a member of the DART, Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Are you interested in learning more about what a DART looks like in action? Listen to Episode 1: A Day in the Life of a DART.

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