A man travels alone through an isolated part of his country. Suddenly he is attacked, robbed, and left for dead. Three of his countrymen pass by, ignoring his need. Finally, a stranger, a Samaritan, stops, binds his wounds, takes him to a place of safely, and leaves money for his recovery. Jesus’ parable from Luke 10:25 is the foundation of
Samaritan’s Purse, an Evangelical non-profit charity.
“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!” is not just a flippant literary reference, but a sobering fact. One out of every six men, women and children lack access to clean water: every day two thousand children die from water-borne diarrhea.
The good news?
When clean water flows, lives are spared from deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, dysentery, and typhoid. Through a combined focus on clean water, sanitation and hygiene, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to break this vicious cycle. More than 2 million people in dozens of countries benefit from these programs. And water teams are working to reach thousands of new families each month.
Another of the needs we are focusing on is emergency rations for severely famished children. Recently Samaritan’s Purse traveled to an African village and met 20 children. One boy was malnourished to the point of imminent death, and 15 others severely famished. All were undernourished to the point that they were already suffering mental and physical developmental problems.
When children are desperately hungry, they often need specially formulated food to save their lives and prevent the ravaging effects of life-long problems. For just $9.00, we can supply one week of therapeutic food so that a child can be nursed back to health and have an opportunity for a brighter future.
Besides being rated as “excellent” by organizations that investigate charities, Samaritan’s Purse also cares for spiritual needs, through preaching, teaching, and literature. An investment in these projects is truly an eternal investment in God’s kingdom.