UK Disaster Relief

Who Are Samaritans Purse ?

Samaritans Purse is an international Christian relief and development organisation which works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God. They are part of the global Samaritans Purse family that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970. Samaritans Purse also has offices in the USA, Canada and Australia. The aid and assistance are given without regard to race, creed, gender, religion or the ethnicity of the beneficiaries.

In the UK they partner with local Churches and Local Resilience Forums, which are multi-agency partnerships based on Police areas which plan and prepare for localised incidents and catastrophic emergencies. They believe that responding to the needs of those who have been devastated by disasters is fulfilling the role of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) and is in keeping with Christ's command to "go and do likewise".

They also hold one day seminars, hosted by their church partners (that would be St.James Church in our case), called "Sharing Hope in Crisis" and these provide an introduction to providing effective, emotional and spiritual care for people experiencing crisis.

What Do Samaritans Purse Do In A Crisis ?

When Samaritans Purse is asked to offer support following an emergency situation they respond with practical help to households affected by floods, fire or storm damage, through a group of trained assessors and team leaders who can mobilise a network of supporting churches and groups. They can assist householders, usually those who are un-insured or under-insured, clear away debris from their homes and gardens and carry out basic rectification to make the homes safe.
Spiritual and Emotional
They also deploy crisis trained volunteer chaplains to care for the emotional and spiritual needs within the affected community.
How Do They Work With Churches Like St.James ?
It is the local church that is best placed to support the community when tragedy happens. Samaritans Purse seeks to partner with churches so that together they can be ready to respond in collaboration with the Local Resilience Forum should an emergency occur. We refer to churches that partner with us in this way as Lighthouse Churches. St.James at the Interchange is a Lighthouse Church.
As A Lighthouse Church What Is Involved ?
  • Firstly to be ready to respond and to have the basic procedures ready to use.Having an awarenes of the work of the UK Disaster Relief ministry and providing a point of contact we can work with is also essential.
  • During a deployment to work with Samaritans Purse by helping with volunteer support, local information and guidance. Providing facilities to meet in would be helpful but is not essential.
  • After the initial response there will be opportunity to engage with people who need practical, emotional and spiritual support on an ongoing basis
  • And, finally, to pray for the Samaritans Purse UK Disaster Relief team during such deployments to the Doncaster Area or other areas around the UK.




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