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CHRISTMAS GI FT C ATA L O G 2016

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DEAR FRIEND, Jesus tells us, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4-5). Our world is getting darker every day, so our work as ambassadors for Christ has never been more urgent.

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Samaritan’s Purse works around the clock and across the globe to bring the light of the world and the hope of the Gospel to victims of disaster, disease, poverty, famine, and war.

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This catalog will show you dozens of meaningful ways you can get involved in the life-changing ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, as God leads. On behalf of all those who are hungry, thirsty, cold, sick, oppressed, and lost, thank you for your faithful prayers and generous support. May God bless you.

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Sincerely,

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Franklin Graham President

18 Operation Heal Our Patriots 20 Water Projects

Make Your Gift in honor or in memory of a loved one

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Share the Joy

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Items shown in this catalog are for the sole purpose of illustrating goods and services used in ministry projects. All contributions designated for specific projects will be applied to those projects, and up to 10 percent may be used for administering the gift. Occasionally, if we receive more contributions for a given project than can wisely be applied to that project, we use those funds to meet a similar pressing need. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Samaritan’s Purse has complete control over the use of all donated funds. © 2016 Samaritan's Purse

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Honor and Memory Cards

hen you give through the catalog, Samaritan’s Purse can send personalized honor or memory cards directly to your family and friends. Each card includes the name of the loved one being honored, the person’s name making the gift, and a description of the impact your chosen Samaritan’s Purse project will make. See order form for details.

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esus promises, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). In many parts of the world, Christians risk their lives when they gather for worship or try to tell others about Christ. Samaritan's Purse assists Christian refugees who have been terrorized by ISIS, trains courageous church leaders in places where Bible schools are outlawed, and helps churches that have been bombed or burned. We have reconstructed hundreds of churches like the one pictured below in South Sudan, and right now we are rebuilding dozens in Niger that were destroyed by radical Islamic terrorists. A 300-seat church costs as little as $15,000. That’s just $50 per person to establish a house of worship, a place of ministry, and an anchor for the Gospel. SUGGESTED GIFT $50 Persecuted Christians 013654

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Children & Families

Giving Mothers Hope

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t was the middle of the night when 23-year-old Vichra arrived by boat at a Samaritan’s Purse birthing center in rural Cambodia. Just a few hours later, she and her husband welcomed their first child into the world.

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here’s nothing like the joy of motherhood. However, joy can quickly turn to tragedy if a mother or baby does not get proper nutrition or medical care throughout pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Samaritan’s Purse is providing these vital services in a number of hard-to-reach communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America as we work in Jesus’ Name to save lives and improve the health of moms and newborns. Your gift will help us operate birthing centers, educate women on nutrition, make home visits, and meet other urgent needs. As our Christian workers build relationships with these young families, God gives us opportunities to share the wonderful truth about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He promises, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). SUGGESTED GIFT $45 Prenatal & Maternity Care 013717

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Many Cambodian mothers like Vichra live hundreds of miles from a city hospital. Traditionally, their babies are born at home, where medical complications can put them and their babies at risk. The infant mortality rate in Kratie Province where Vichra lives is seven times worse than in the capital of Phnom Penh. During the past two years, Samaritan’s Purse has built seven community birthing centers across Kratie Province to save the lives of mothers and babies as we demonstrate the love of God. “It’s safer and more comfortable to give birth here than at my home in the village,” Vichra said. “Here, we have clean water, electricity, and fans.” Skilled birth attendants provide support and are ready to

intervene with emergency care and referral, saving precious time and lives. Vichra heard about the birthing center when our Christian staff came to her village to teach families how to avoid malnutrition, as well as the value of prenatal care and birth preparedness. Through the ongoing care and witness of our workers, many mothers like Vichra are safely delivering their babies and raising healthier children as they come to know how they can trust our Heavenly Father.

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pin the globe and wherever it stops, you won’t be far from a Christian orphanage we support through our Samaritan Children’s Fund. The Bethlehem Orphanage in Indonesia, the Massana Children’s Project in Mozambique, the Home of the Harvest in Lebanon, and Nuevos Amigos in Ecuador are just a few of our longstanding partners in the Gospel. Your $35 gift can help provide one of these orphanages with food, housing, healthcare, education, and other daily necessities, so that they can fulfill their mission of raising up children who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. “For in You the fatherless finds mercy” (Hosea 14:3).

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any parents around the world struggle to provide their children with even the most basic necessities, like proper shoes and a warm coat. For $25, Samaritan’s Purse can furnish shoes, coats, and clothing for traumatized refugees, disaster survivors, and shivering children. We offer our help in the Name of Jesus, who has assured us, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30). SUGGESTED GIFT $25 Clothing Needs 013651

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he prophet Isaiah said, “If you extend your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness and your darkness shall be as the noonday” (Isaiah 58:10). Malnutrition can darken the mind of a developing child. When children are desperately hungry, they often need specially formulated food to save their lives and prevent lifelong problems. For just $9, we can provide a week’s supply of therapeutic or supplemental food so that a famished child can be nursed back to health and have a chance at a brighter future. SUGGESTED GIFT $9 Child Feeding Projects 013710

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ou might not think of a school lunch as a lavish feast, but many hungry children do. At schools in Bolivia, Congo, and elsewhere, caring Christians cook nourishing food provided by Samaritan’s Purse and serve it fresh to hundreds of students who might not get another cooked meal all day. For $7 you can provide a child with a week’s worth of hot meals prepared in Jesus’ Name. SUGGESTED GIFT $7 Hot Meals and Feeding Programs 013801 T F

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hen a young boy who had been wandering the streets of Léogâne, Haiti, was brought to the Greta Home and Academy, our staff realized that he needed special care. The boy could not even speak his name, so they called him David, inspired by 1 Samuel 16:7: “For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” David is now among more than 60 orphaned and abandoned children who live at the Greta Home. Another 150 from the surrounding community attend the Academy. Samaritan’s Purse opened the home and school in 2012 in honor of Greta Van Susteren to recognize her advocacy for the people of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Your gift will help provide a Christian home and education for these children so they might grow up to be like King David, whom God called “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22). SUGGESTED GIFT $150 SHARE THE COST $15 Haiti-Greta Home & Academy 013962

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icodemus was an educated man but was full of questions the night he approached Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God” (John 3:2). A good teacher commands respect and can shape generations. Sadly, there are few qualified teachers in parts of Africa that have endured decades of conflict, and no usable classrooms left in many villages devastated by earthquakes or storms. Recognizing the value of education, Samaritan’s Purse equips teachers and rebuilds schools in some of the hardest-hit communities where we work. A typical school costs about $20,000 per classroom. When you consider that over a thousand students may learn to read and write in that classroom in the years to come, that’s just $20 per student.

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illions of young people struggle to survive under the most desperate circumstances imaginable. Many have no choice but to live on their own, begging on the streets, scavenging through trash dumps, or working in sweatshops. In places like Egypt, India, and Haiti, Samaritan’s Purse partners with local Christian partners who protect helpless children and rescue them from exploitation. For $75, we can help provide them with a safe place, meet their daily needs, and teach them the Gospel, “in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18).

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ephibosheth was crippled and orphaned when he was just five years old, and he grew up thinking of himself as “a dead dog” (2 Samuel 9:8). But he never lost favor in the eyes of King David, who made special arrangements to provide for him. Children with crippling disabilities or birth defects are precious to God, and Samaritan’s Purse works with missionary surgeons and others to help them walk or overcome their infirmities. A gift of $250 can help provide a wheelchair, prosthetic limb, surgery, physical therapy, or other care for these special children as we help them find hope in the Lord.

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he earthquake that devastated coastal Ecuador also crippled or destroyed local hospitals at the moment they were needed most. Survivors rescued from the rubble had nowhere to go for life-saving care—until Samaritan’s Purse arrived with our emergency field hospital. The day after we loaded the hospital onto our cargo jet in North Carolina, we set it up in Ecuador, and our doctors and nurses went right to work. As our staff shared the Gospel, dozens of patients, family members, and others prayed to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Ecuador is still using that hospital, so we have another one packed and ready to be airlifted the next time a disaster strikes. The field hospital is just one example of how Samaritan's Purse responds to medical emergencies. We also operate a riverboat clinic serving remote Amazon villages in Bolivia and the only hospital in a war-scarred state in South Sudan. Your gift will help bring expert treatment and the hope of the Gospel to victims of disaster or war. SUGGESTED GIFT $100 Emergency Medicine 013759

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id you hear about the flooding in Malawi? The cyclone in Myanmar? Probably not—those disasters didn’t make headlines. But Samaritan’s Purse responded to those and more, following the example of the Good Samaritan as we help the survivors in the Name of Jesus. One way we help is by handing out “family survival kits” that include warm blankets, buckets with water filters, cooking utensils, soap, and other daily essentials. For just $45, we can provide a lifeline to a family that has lost everything, to help them get back on their feet.

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t can take years to rebuild a town flattened by an earthquake, cyclone, or other catastrophe. In the meantime, families who have lost their homes need a warm and dry place to live. Samaritan’s Purse has provided emergency housing for tens of thousands of disaster survivors in places like Haiti, Philippines, and Nepal. These durable, easy-to-build shelters help open doors for our workers to share about the compassion of our Lord. “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). SUGGESTED GIFT $60 Emergency Shelter 013685

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hen Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt, they could not have imagined that years later he would provide their families with sacks of grain so they could survive a drought. Joseph told them, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:20). Today, God has positioned Samaritan’s Purse to feed hundreds of thousands of people in Africa or elsewhere who are on the brink of starvation because of drought or war. For $35 per family, we can deliver a month’s supply of sorghum, lentils, or other staples in the Name of Jesus Christ.

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uman traffickers are much like false prophets—preying on the innocent and promising what they cannot deliver. “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:3, ESV). Traffickers entice desperate families to sell their children and entrap young adults into inescapable horrors. Samaritan’s Purse works with churches along borders in Southeast Asia and elsewhere to help protect those who are most vulnerable to trafficking and slavery. Your gift will help us to reduce exploitation, provide vocational training, and introduce laborers to the One they can trust. SUGGESTED GIFT $125 Human Trafficking & Exploitation 013964

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s King Solomon prayed to dedicate the temple in Jerusalem, he asked God to bless foreigners who seek His protection, “that all peoples of the earth may know Your Name and fear You, as do Your people Israel” (1 Kings 8:43). That’s also our prayer at Samaritan’s Purse as we help refugees—many of them young children—streaming into places like Greece, northern Iraq, and South Sudan. For many, this is the first time they have ever experienced Christian compassion and had an opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your gift of $125 can help us meet urgent needs by providing food parcels or a heater for a family enduring a harsh winter. SUGGESTED GIFT $125 I Refugee Relief 012190

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nspired by the story of a little orphan girl in Rwanda who was singing “Jesus Loves Me” in French, Ruth Bell Graham came up with the idea of musical lambs that play the beloved tune whenever a child cuddles them. We hand out thousands of these soft lambs in Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts around the world. They are especially cherished by boys and girls who are blind or hospitalized. For $10, we can provide musical lambs for four children.

he “language” of soccer and other sports can span cultures and continents, keeping children active and promoting teamwork while providing opportunities to share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just $8 can cover the cost of a soccer ball or other sports equipment to help local Christian leaders kick off an evangelistic sports ministry. SUGGESTED GIFT $8 Balls and Recreational Items 013658

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his year, Samaritan’s Purse is preparing to send Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to more than 11 million children in more than 100 countries. Every single shoebox is an opportunity to tell them about Jesus, so we supply booklets in over 70 languages that churches and Christian partners hand out along with the gifts as they present the Gospel. For just $5, we can supply colorful booklets for 30 boys and girls to read and discover how they can follow Christ.

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t’s scary to even think about sleeping out in the cold the night after a disaster. A warm blanket makes it so much better. For $6, we can provide a blanket or other bedding to a child or a family who need an encouraging reminder of how much the Lord cares for them. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4). SUGGESTED GIFT $6 Blankets and Bedding 013436

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esus longed to gather the people of Jerusalem “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Matthew 23:37). For impoverished families, a brood of chicks can become a daily reminder of God’s faithfulness, as their eggs provide nutritious food as well as income. For $14, we can supply a dozen chicks, help a family set up a coop, or offer basic veterinary care. SUGGESTED GIFT $14 Chicken and Poultry Projects 013656

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bout one out of every 100 babies has a heart defect that surgeons can routinely repair. Unfortunately, many of them are born in poor or remote places where their families cannot access the cardiac care they urgently need. Through our Children’s Heart Project, Samaritan’s Purse transports boys and girls from places like Bolivia, Mongolia, and Uganda to hospitals in North America. Doctors, hospitals, and host families and churches donate their time and services, but airfare is a major cost—typically $2,200 per person for international flights. For $22, you can share in this cost so that we can offer life-saving surgery and the unsurpassed hope of the Gospel. “But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation” (Psalm 13:5). SUGGESTED GIFT $2,200 SHARE THE COST $22 Children’s Heart Project 013687

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t Ostin’s age-one checkup in Bolivia, his doctor detected a heart murmur. But Ostin’s young mother, Lisett, could barely afford the fourhour bus ride to the hospital in La Paz—much less the cost of surgery.

She felt helpless until she heard that Samaritan's Purse was sending a team to Bolivia to screen patients for the Children’s Heart Project. Lisett and Ostin (pictured left) once again boarded the bus for La Paz, where our doctor detected two holes in his heart and put him on a high-priority list. Just four months later, Samaritan’s Purse flew them both to one of our partner hospitals, where he had the surgery he desperately needed—free of charge,

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thanks to donations to the Children’s Heart Project. Not only has Ostin’s health been transformed, but his mother has grown in faith from the weeks she lived with their Christian host family. Lisett rededicated her life to Christ and learned how to lead family devotionals with Ostin, now that they have returned to Bolivia. “I want to teach my son that Jesus healed his heart and that He has a purpose for his life,” she said.

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Last year, she was among 2,000 children in Trouin who received shoebox gifts from our Operation Christmas Child project and enrolled in The Greatest Journey. Through the 12-lesson discipleship program, shoebox recipients are invited to respond to the Gospel and learn how to share Jesus with others. During the fourth lesson, which focuses on Jesus' death and resurrection, Rosemène realized the wages of sin and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She couldn’t wait to share this news with her parents. Rosemène asked a local pastor to help her tell her mother and father how Jesus had changed her heart. Her parents not only accepted the pastor’s invitation to join Rosemène in church, but after the sermon, they too accepted Christ as their Savior. After that, they quickly realized that something needed to change at home. They had lived together for 25 years without marrying. The day after Christmas, they married and gave Rosemène the second greatest gift—a united family. She already had received the greatest gift of all— salvation in Christ. Now, her family is united in Jesus.

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esus was moved with compassion when he saw multitudes of lost souls like sheep without a shepherd. "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’” (Matthew 9:37-38). God is answering those prayers through The Greatest Journey, the discipleship program Samaritan’s Purse offers for boys and girls who receive shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child. We train teachers and supply local churches with everything they need—including Bibles for graduates. Through The Greatest Journey, over 3.8 million children have prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, and 4.2 million have promised to prayerfully share the Gospel with friends and family. SUGGESTED GIFT $6 PER CHILD, OR $6,000 FOR A THOUSAND CHILDREN The Greatest Journey ® 013943

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hen Jeremy Brooking was a 19-year-old Marine serving in Iraq in 2007, an armor-piercing incendiary (API) device tore through his bulletproof vest and lodged next to his heart. “They said I was going to die,” Jeremy said. “No one had ever survived an API round before—they are designed to go through tanks.” Twice he was declared dead before doctors revived him. Miraculously, Jeremy lived, but he returned home to Indiana with post-traumatic stress disorder,

nerve damage and an anoxic brain injury from loss of oxygen when he coded. The pain and stress of his injuries and treatment were almost too much for his marriage to bear. “One year ago we were on the verge of divorce,” he said. His wife Tia explained, “After an injury your whole life spirals out of control—everything. It’s never the same again.” Once again, the Brookings

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needed a miracle. This past summer, Samaritan’s Purse brought them to Alaska to participate in Operation Heal Our Patriots, our ministry to wounded military veterans and their spouses. Jeremy and Tia knew something was missing in their lives, and after just one Biblically based marriage class, they realized that a personal relationship with Jesus was the only thing that could fill the void in their hearts. They both prayed to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, were baptized in Lake Clark, and rededicated their marriage. “Tragedy can be something great because it really makes you think about what you have in this world—who’s important, what’s important,” said Jeremy. “Only God can turn something that horrific into a positive. We are not the same people that we were. We’ve been forgiven. With God in our lives, now we feel complete.”

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uring the past five years, Samaritan’s Purse has brought nearly 600 military couples to Alaska to participate in the life-changing ministry of Operation Heal Our Patriots. As they cope with injuries suffered in the war on terror, they need bulletproof marriages and rock-solid faith in God. Operation Heal Our Patriots helps them build a strong spiritual foundation during a week of Biblically based workshops, relationship-building wilderness activities, and individual care by our retired military chaplains. We offer all this free of charge to these American heroes as a token of our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Your gift will help us cover the costs—including transportation, lodging, activities, and long-term aftercare—so that we can help them find hope in the Lord. SUGGESTED GIFT $60 Operation Heal Our Patriots 013960

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hree days after crossing the Red Sea, the people of Israel were desperately thirsty and complained. "What shall we drink?" (Exodus 15:24). Then the Lord showed Moses a simple but miraculous way to make the bitter springs of Marah drinkable. Another God-given process is the secret behind the biosand water filters built by Samaritan's Purse. For $100, we can provide a family with an easy-to-use filter that requires no power or chemicals and can make contaminated water safe to drink for years to come.

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ollowing the earthquake in Ecuador this year, Samaritan’s Purse quickly airlifted large-scale water filters into the disaster zone. One supplied clean water for our emergency field hospital, and another made it possible to reopen a damaged city hospital. These filters can meet the daily needs of 3,000 people, so there was plenty to share with neighbors. We also provided bucket-sized filters for thousands of families whose water sources had been contaminated or destroyed. Your gift for Clean Water can provide tanks, filters, latrines, hygiene training, and other essential measures to protect water sources and prevent the spread of disease as we seek to meet physical and spiritual needs in the Name of Jesus. SUGGESTED GIFT $20 Clean Water Projects 013659

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fter a Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at Jacob's Well, she couldn't wait to tell others about Him. “The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, ‘Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ Then they went out of the city and came to Him” (John 4:28-30). Wherever Samaritan’s Purse drills a well, we pray that God will use it to not only supply a dependable source of cool, clean water, but also to make it a place where people can share the Gospel and come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Using a hand-cranked drill (pictured) or a truck-mounted rig, we can drill a well to serve 500 villagers for about $25 per person. SUGGESTED GIFT $25 I Freshwater Wells 013924

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hen God calls evangelists to reach out to communities that have not heard the Gospel, the distance alone can be a stumbling block. Many of them can go only as far as they can walk. “How shall they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:15). Samaritan’s Purse provides preachers with sturdy bicycles, motorbikes, or other transportation so they can travel even where roads don’t go. For $100 we can give a bike to an evangelist to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to people who have not heard it before.

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ll Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Yet many believers around the world do not have a Bible. Imagine what it would mean to them to finally receive the Word of God in their local language! For a gift of $15, Samaritan’s Purse can provide New Testaments or other evangelistic materials so that Christians will be equipped to grow in their faith and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. SUGGESTED GIFT $15 Bibles and Christian Literature 012025

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he apostle Peter tells us to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Many church leaders have a heart for sharing the Gospel but have never learned how to preach it with power and truth. Others need training to combat cults or spiritual warfare. For a gift of $35, we can offer advanced Bible classes for local pastors or supply evangelists with audio or video equipment so they can be lights in the darkness. SUGGESTED GIFT $35 Evangelistic Tools and Training 013015

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hen Jesus was explaining the Kingdom of God, He said, “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches” (Luke 13:19). A grove of fruit trees can bring life to a barren community. In many of the places we work, Samaritan’s Purse provides seedlings of avocado, papaya, mango, and other trees that can thrive even on the fringe of the desert. Your gift of $45 can supply a poor family with 30 seedlings that will feed and shade them for generations to come. SUGGESTED GIFT $45 Fruit Trees and Forestry Projects 013926

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n the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus explains, “If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it…he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray” (Matthew 18:12-13). Sheep are valuable to poor farmers—providing warm wool as well as a source of income for their families. For $80, Samaritan’s Purse can provide a sheep, llama, alpaca, or other wool-bearing animal and train families to care for their flock as we share the great love the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, has for them. SUGGESTED GIFT $80 Sheep Projects 013956

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adzo is a 52-year-old widow with eight children and three grandchildren. Four years ago, Samaritan’s Purse gave her four Galla goats, known as the “milk queen” of the arid regions of northern Kenya. Now, her herd has grown to 11, not counting several she has given to neighbors so they can raise their own. Each nanny goat can produce a liter of fresh milk every day, which helps keep Kadzo’s family healthy—with enough left over to sell. For $70, you can provide a goat or share in the cost of a dairy cow so that we can minister to an impoverished family in the Name of Jesus. SUGGESTED GIFT $70 Goats and Dairy Animals 013754

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weating profusely in the sweltering South Sudan heat, Bul Bul Akol wiped his brow and leaned on his hoe. Using his crude hand tools, he had been working hard for weeks to get his 15 acres ready to plant sorghum, which is the staple of his family’s diet.

Bul looked heavenward and prayed, “God, I need help to get this done.” A few days later, Bul’s prayer was answered when he met a Samaritan’s Purse worker who offered him an ox plow to help him farm his land. “Won’t that hurt my animals?” Bul

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asked. In his culture, cattle are kept for ceremonial purposes but not for work. “If you feed them well, not at all,” our manager assured him. Bul was overjoyed. What a difference! It took him only four days to plow a field that would have

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taken two months by hand. “I thank Jesus for touching the hearts of Samaritan’s Purse to help me and give me what I need to farm my land,” he said. Bul was so grateful that he didn’t want to stop plowing. “God told me that this ox plow was not only for me, but I should be a Good Samaritan to my neighbors and plow their farms too.”

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esus knows the language of the plowman. “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). When we provide oxen for a hard-working farmer, we not only help him increase his harvest but also reap opportunities to share the Way of the Cross. Your gift enables us to provide an ox, donkey, or other livestock—or even a cart and a plow that will lighten the burdens of a farm family.

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ood seed won’t thrive in bad soil. That’s a kingdom principle taught by Jesus in Matthew 13 that also applies in gardens today. Vegetables and grains need to be planted wisely and tended carefully to yield the hundredfold harvest that can sustain and bless a family. Working through churches and local Christian partners, Samaritan’s Purse provides farmers with seeds and tools that are appropriate for the particular soil and climate where they live. For a gift of $55, we can supply drought-resistant plants, fertilizer, tools, and training for gardeners and farmers as we sow seeds for the Gospel. SUGGESTED GIFT $55 Farm and Garden Projects 013657

SUGGESTED GIFT $350 SHARE IN THE COST $35 Livestock Projects 013831

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Mend a Cleft Lip 36 NO.

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hen the Lord sent Samuel to anoint the shepherd boy David as king, He told him, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It can be hard for people to look past outward appearances, especially if a child’s face is marred by a cleft lip or cleft palate. In some cultures, they may even believe the child is cursed. Samaritan’s Purse sends specialized teams to places such as South Sudan and Bolivia to provide outpatient surgery for hundreds of patients such as two-year-old Anna (pictured above). Your gift of $250 will enable us to cover the cost of this lifechanging procedure so we can show these boys and girls how precious they are in the eyes of God.

SUGGESTED GIFT $250 I SHARE THE COST $25 Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery  013979

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hen a blind man was asked how his eyes were opened, he answered, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight” (John 9:11). Cataract surgery can be almost that instantaneous and dramatic. Praise God that in just one week last year, Samaritan’s Purse was able to restore the sight of over 500 adults and children! One grandmother was brought to our hospital totally blind, and just two days after surgery she walked home—rejoicing that she could see for the first time in years. Your gift of $50 will help cover the cost of simple eye surgery for someone who yearns to see, work, teach, or read the Word of God. SUGGESTED GIFT $50 Cataract Surgery 014012

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Equip a Missionary Doctor

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srael’s days were numbered when the prophet Jeremiah despaired, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?” (Jeremiah 8:22). Without adequate medication or proper equipment, there’s little a doctor can do. Samaritan’s Purse works with dozens of mission hospitals to make sure they are well-stocked with supplies and equipment to save lives and share the hope of the Gospel. Our World Medical Mission warehouse collects and services donated devices such as incubators, X-ray machines, and anesthesia machines, and our technicians install and maintain them in hospitals around the world. Your gift will help us to cover overseas shipping costs and meet specific needs that a mission hospital has lifted up in prayer. SUGGESTED GIFT $150 I SHARE THE COST $15 Medical Equipment & Supplies 013365

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LWA Hospital in Liberia stands for Eternal Love Winning Africa. Its Gospel message is eternal, but its facilities have worn out. During the past 50 years, over 2.6 million patients have sought care at ELWA, and in 2014 it was a bastion in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. Samaritan’s Purse has been working to renovate and expand ELWA, adding 75 beds, operating rooms, and other facilities. We also have helped hospitals in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Bangladesh to complete projects that they could never afford on their own. Your gift will help us build or upgrade surgical suites, emergency rooms, maternity wards, and other medical facilities as a lasting testimony to God’s healing power. “For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 106:1) SUGGESTED GIFT $35,000 I SHARE THE COST $35 Hospital Construction and Upgrades 013805

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hen a missionary doctor retires after decades of faithful service, who carries on the ministry? Who cares for the sick? Who runs the hospital? To meet these urgent needs, Samaritan’s Purse is raising up a new generation of medical missionaries through our Post-Residency Program. We offer twoyear assignments for young Christian doctors who feel called by God to dedicate their careers to serving overseas. This gives them the opportunity to put down roots in the mission field and build up a network of believers who will support their work for decades to come. Two-thirds of the doctors who have gone through the Post-Residency Program have made long-term commitments to serve internationally. It costs about $165 a day to support a doctor and family on the mission field. That averages about $8 per patient—a bargain in healthcare and a great investment in the Gospel. SUGGESTED GIFT $165 I SHARE THE COST $8 New Missionary Doctors 013946

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hen the wise men brought their gifts to the baby Jesus, they told King Herod, “We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). Today, gifts from afar are still a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Savior. Through our Operation Christmas Child project, God has given us unparalleled opportunities to touch the lives of millions of boys and girls in over 150 countries. Many of these children have never received a gift and never heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open shoeboxes filled with gifts from people like you. Some of these gifts are packed by young children or people on fixed incomes who simply cannot afford to include the $7 we request for international shipping and related costs. When you adopt a shoebox, you are partnering with them to deliver their gifts and show God’s love to a precious child.

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