Samaritan’s Purse, the Evangelical humanitarian relief organization led by Franklin Graham, has brought 28 Ukrainian refugees from Poland to Canada aboard their DC-8 aircraft, according to The Christian Post. This mission to bring Ukrainian refugees to the safety of family and friends in Canada was a special one since the focus of Samaritan’s Purse has been delivering life-saving supplies into Ukraine and its surrounding areas in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion. One grateful refugee, who is eight months pregnant, called it “God’s mercy flight,” and believes Samaritan’s Purse made a miracle happen.
Ukrainian refugees expressed their tremendous gratitude for the help from Samaritan’s Purse. For people whose lives were uprooted in the wake of Russia’s violent and ruthless invasion, receiving such kindness is a blessing that they need right now.
According to Ken Isaacs, Samaritan’s Purse Vice President of Programs & Government Relations, the organization is planning to evacuate a second group of Ukrainian refugees in one week, and it is likely that they will continue even beyond that. Isaacs explained that the purpose of the DC-8 aircraft has been to bring essential medical supplies, and the use of the aircraft to transport Ukrainian refugees to safety is another great feat the mission will accomplish.
Samaritan’s Purse has been on the ground in and around Ukraine providing crucial humanitarian aid that is saving lives and spreading hope. According to The Christian Post, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered more than 330 tons of relief supplies, including their Emergency Field Hospital set up in Lviv where doctors and nurses have treated over 8,700 patients at this point. Samaritan’s Purse has also delivered more than 1,433 tons of food, and delivered 17,500 backpacks for children to have a place to store their belongings as they travel.
The humanitarian aid being given by Samaritan’s Purse is making a difference in the lives of Ukrainian refugees and those who are helping them by showing everyone what it means to be there for one another. When Samaritan’s Purse arrives in and around the war-torn nation, they not only are bringing life-saving resources to Ukrainians, they are bringing them the hope and faith that they need to persevere through any challenge that may come.