International Disaster Relief
Franklin Graham on the Ground in Israel
16 November 2023
Franklin Graham travelled to three villages in Southern Israel that were attacked by Hamas and pledged to support to help survivors.
Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham and key US based staff members gathered with special guests on Sept. 26 to prayerfully dedicate our new Greensboro Airlift Response Centre in North Carolina.
“We want to be able to respond immediately,” Graham said. “The quicker we can get there the better, because we can save lives with resources like our Emergency Field Hospital.
“Everything we have comes from God, and so we give God the glory. We want to thank Him for giving us this facility, so we are here today to dedicate it to Almighty God for the glory of His Son Jesus Christ.”
Approved in August for flight by the Federal Aviation Administration, the 757 has already returned from its inaugural mission—to Maui, Hawaii, where we airlifted more than 21,000kg of relief supplies and personnel in the aftermath of deadly wildfires on the island.
Former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined Graham at the dedication in Greensboro to offer words of gratitude and encouragement for the work of Samaritan’s Purse following the disaster in early August. Gabbard, who served Hawaii’s 2nd District from 2013 to 2021, became familiar with our work following our May 2018 flood response on Kauai.
Veteran TV news journalist Greta Van Susteren, also attended the event, sharing stories from her firsthand experiences with Samaritan’s Purse in numerous countries.
The Mission Aviation Services arm of Samaritan’s Purse enables our relief work in some of the world’s most remote locations. In addition to the DC-8 and 757, our fleet includes 22 smaller planes and helicopters, many of which are positioned with crews in Africa and Alaska.
“We are blessed to receive these resources you see behind me: the planes, the hangar. These are all from the widow’s mite,” Samaritan’s Purse COO Edward Graham said at the dedication. “People give what they can to support the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and it’s not about charity…it’s about showing the love of Jesus Christ.”
7 November 2023
On the 25th of October the city of Acapulco in Mexico was left devastated by Hurricane Otis, a Category 5 storm. Samaritan’s Purse has airlifted two planeloads of supplies to help those in desperate need of hope and practical assistance.