Samaritan’s Purse recently airlifted 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to Northern Iraq, where displaced Iraqi kids have been stripped of their homes and most possessions.
“It’s my prayer that this plane and the gifts that it carries will be used to bring hope to people who have very little hope,” expressed Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham during an airlift ceremony last week. “It will bring love to people who haven’t experienced very much love. And it’s my prayer, more than anything else, that every child will come to know there is a God, that God does loves them and does care for them, and that He sent His Son from heaven to this earth for us.”
According to Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry’s local Christian partners in Iraq will distribute the gifts to children who have suffered tremendous loss – bringing a tangible demonstration of God’s love to conflict-weary little ones. Presently, more than 800,000 people are seeking refuge in camps and unfinished buildings as ISIS fighters remain in control of large swaths of their country. Over the past several months Samaritan’s Purse has provided food, water, tents, a power generator, mattresses, playground equipment, kitchen kits, hygiene kits, and other relief.
As temperatures fall now in areas around Dohuk and Erbil, Samaritan’s Purse is focused on winterization – offering blankets, coats, children’s clothing, plastic insulation, and other items to displaced families from Christian, Yazidi, and other backgrounds.
In mid-October, the ministry airlifted 80 tons of relief for this purpose. The last of those items were distributed during the first week of December.
By NRB Staff
Published: December 18, 2014