Humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is continuing to send food by the tons to the people of Ukraine still suffering under the conditions of war. According to CBN News, Samaritan’s Purse has provided more than 100 million pounds of food along with blankets, heat sources, and more to cope with the harsh cold of winter. Since visiting Ukraine twice, and planning a third trip this January, Graham shared that he has witnessed the desperate need for food and prayer in Ukraine as shops close their doors and threats from Russia continue.
Distributing food through a network of churches throughout the region, Samaritan’s Purse is not only feeding those in need, but giving them hope and faith by showing them the power of God’s love. Aware of the desperate conditions facing Ukrainians, Graham said, “as winter sets in, things in Ukraine are only getting worse. Many areas have lost electricity and food is impossible to buy in eastern parts of the country closer to the fighting.” He added that, “Samaritan’s Purse has been buying and bringing food into the country every week, and we are also receiving food from the World Food Program.”
Prayer is just as important as essential supplies for the people of Ukraine as many are turning to God for help. A representative from a church that has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse shared that most people are “open to God,” and have “united to love and care for their neighbors.” He shared that “the war has changed people, and they are more open to hearing about God. Everyone knows that the church is always open for communication, overnight stays, and food.”
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Samaritan’s Purse has been on the ground providing medical aid along with essential items for survival. The organization has airlifted in tons of supplies to high demand areas and airlifted Ukrainians out of Poland to safety. As their work continues, the compassionate people who have made a commitment to helping Ukrainians are giving them and the rest of the world hope that the light of faith and goodness will prevail over evil.