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.

Now, Samaritan’s Purse is helping these Afghan families in transit in Albania and working to resettle many here in the United States through the local church.

In this episode Kristy Graham sits down with Aaron Ashoff, the deputy director for international projects, to share how the ministry is coming alongside these desperate families.

“We really want to help them,” Aaron tells Kristy. “We heard they had gotten out of Afghanistan and they were somewhere in the Middle East… That just unfolded everything for us.”

One way that Samaritan’s Purse is caring for these hurting people is through trauma counseling at our transit center in Albania and the United States. These refugees are able to share their stories, receive needed support, and begin the healing process.

“People were opening up. God has put the team there to have Christians there to talk to them,” Aaron says. “I think it’s a beautiful thing to have skilled believers to be the ones walking through trauma like this with people.”

Samaritan’s Purse is operating medical clinics, teaching English classes, and providing winter clothing to families in transit. The ministry is also connecting local churches in the United States to Afghan families ready to relocate. This is a unique ministry opportunity to show the love of Christ in practical ways as church sponsors help families adjust to a new life and culture in America.

“On a very personal level, you’re making a friend, you’re just being kind to someone,” Aaron explains. “You just do normal life with that family.”

Kristy shares the opportunity she had to meet Ali* and his family, who are now sponsored by a local church and beginning the process of resettlement.

Ali witnessed the collapse of government, and he shares how his family fled to survive.

“I did not expect this kind of collapse of government,” Ali told our teams. “No one had expected that. Unfortunately, it suddenly happened and destroyed all of our dreams for the future, the future of our children, and the future of our country.”

Ali expressed his deep gratitude for those who welcomed him the United States.

“I hope that we can have more Afghans here and I hope that I can be helpful to this community,” Ali shares. “In the future, I hope that I can help others as I was helped. My hope is not to be a burden on others, but to work, feed myself, and help others.”

If you are a part of a church body and feel God is encouraging you to get involved, we invite you to reach out through our Samaritan’s Purse website to express interest.

Please continue praying for these Afghan families as they begin to rebuild their lives anew.