Samaritan's Purse is an international ministry of compassion drawing its name from the story of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:30-37.
For over 35 years, Samaritan's Purse has reached out to hurting people in countries around the world. Here in Australia and New Zealand, Samaritan’s Purse has been independently run since 1995, focussing on our immediate Southeast Asian and Pacific neighbours, including Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. It also provides indigenous communities with a training program called SALT: Sport and Leadership Training which trains members in the community to become sports teachers.
Hawkesbury Valley Baptist Church supports Operation Christmas Child each year and is one of several drop off points in the Hawkesbury for for shoe boxes. See www.samaritanspurse.org.au for details. Children receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoe box are offered a booklet called "The Greatest Journey" as well as a bible in their own language.
Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are just the beginning of demonstrating God's love as Samaritan's Purse has another 49 outreaches available to bless the community where needed. It also coordinates emergency relief programs, providing desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. It offers food, water, and temporary shelter and give people a chance to rebuild their lives. It also offers community development programs, building schools, installing wells and water filters, initiating feeding programs, improving sanitation to prevent disease, and offering vocational programs to help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow.
When people ask the teams why they do what they do, the answer is always the same: "We have come to help you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).