In today’s media, when we hear about Christian pastors and missioniares taking private planes somewhere, we tend to think of Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, or Benny Hinn and Gulfstreams to the prosperity gospel.
But today I need to call your attention to Samaritan’s Purse, which has called a DC-8 into action for relief in the Caribbean. Many of the islands quickly cleared runways as a vital part of relief. And Samaritan’s Purse is filling up this plane with supplies and flying it to those islands.
When major hurricanes hit international locations, we deploy a disaster assistance response team (DART) to quickly bring in a variety of emergency supplies. We also leverage our Samaritan’s Purse aircraft, including our DC-8 cargo plane, to assist. Today we are working to help people on several devastated islands of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Dominica, St. Martin, Antigua, Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos. We have already airlifted generators, food, water purification units, hygiene kits, and heavy-duty shelter plastic for thousands of families. Our distributions are ongoing. As we minister in the wake of Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria, we share the Good News of Jesus Christ alongside local church partners.
This is an extraordinary action by a private charity. Keep in mind the fuel costs the charity is paying just to do this. But it is well worth it and the supplies are badly, badly needed. If you’d like to help the effort, you can donate here.