5. Samaritan’s Purse
After Jesus shared his parable of the Good Samaritan, he stated, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). This is the mission that Samaritan’s Purse aims to achieve -- following the example of Jesus Christ and helping people in need while sharing the hope of the Gospel.
Founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce (the same founder of World Vision) and later succeeded by Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization best known for its specialized programs, including Operation Christmas Child, World Medical Mission, and International Crisis Response.
Pierce founded Samaritan’s Purse after traveling through Asia as an evangelist and journalist with Youth for Christ. In China, he encountered several women who were living among orphans and lepers, sacrificing everything they had to show the love of Jesus. This event inspired Pierce to create an organization that would find and support other courageous Christians who were already caring for the most undeserving and underprivileged in remote areas of the world.
While very similar to World Vision in their trustworthiness, transparency, and faith-based mission, the main difference between Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision is the focus on international emergency relief compared to World Vision’s focus on child sponsorship.
Both are well-known, reputable organizations worth supporting.
You can learn more about Samaritan’s Purse here.
Don’t fall for the lie that what little you have isn’t enough or won’t make a difference.
When we study the Bible, we’re reminded that the same Jesus who used a few small fish and loaves to feed the masses still works miraculously in our lives today.
Don’t simply read the Bible to be inspired by what God did way back when. Take a step of faith and watch how God still performs miracles today! You might be surprised what a huge difference a little step of faith can make.
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