Discipleship, Education & Training

Learning how to read and write or acquiring a trade or skill is invaluable for children and adults struggling to break the cycle of poverty caused by a lack of resources, access, and opportunity. Samaritan’s Purse is working to teach not only literacy and trades, but also to bring people to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through programs that share the Gospel and help believers grow in their faith.


Coming to Christ through Literacy Projects in South Sudan

Samaritan’s Purse is helping people in South Sudan learn to read and write in their own language through our Bible literacy program, so they can understand the Scriptures for themselves.

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Living a Life of Love

A couple in South Sudan are grateful to God for revitalizing their troubled 14-year marriage after they participated in a marriage training course developed by Samaritan's Purse.

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Bringing Salvation to South Sudan

A South Sudanese pastor who escaped war-torn Sudan is grateful to Samaritan's Purse for training his congregation in discipleship and for helping them build a church that is bringing hope and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their community.

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South Sudanese Youth Drama Group

Samaritan's Purse sponsors a youth drama group in South Sudan that presents Biblical stories and also communicates important messages on such topics as child abuse, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and the benefits of education.

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Great Joy at the Greta Home

Children at the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti experience the joy of Christmas, along with Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren, and her husband John Coale.

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Playing Blind

A Samaritan's Purse-supported music program in Vietnam is helping visually impaired students realize their artistic dreams.

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Culinary Classes Change the Life of a Homeless Boy

Samaritan's Purse sponsored Luong Xuan Trung to take culinary classes at Hoa Sua Vocational School in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thanks in part to the training he received there, the once homeless young man now runs his own bakery.

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Mwita Meets the Greatest Friend

Mwita was spending time on the streets with a gang in Tanzania. But when he attended an Operation Christmas Child distribution event and then joined The Greatest Journey, his life was radically changed by Jesus Christ, the Greatest Friend.

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Keeping Vietnam Safe

Samaritan's Purse is teaching students in poor farming communities of northern Vietnam how to avoid the dangers of unsafe migration.

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Celebrating Christmas at Greta Home

Franklin Graham joined Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale at the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti to celebrate Christmas.

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Love Grows in Ukraine

In a Roma village in Ukraine where jobs are scarce and many children are uneducated, God is using Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey in powerful ways. Boys and girls are learning to read, experiencing the love of God, and discovering how to faithfully follow Him.

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Paola Shares Jesus

After receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift in Peru, Paola attended The Greatest Journey discipleship course where she learned more about Jesus and sharing Him with others. God used her to lead several of her cousins to faith in Jesus Christ.

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Jessica and Innocent: Redeemed in Babylon

Jessica and Innocent, two children of an alcoholic mother, lived a rough life in Babylon, a neighborhood outside Namibia's capital. A praying neighbor saw the pain of the community's children and, using The Greatest Journey by Operation Christmas Child, shared the Gospel with Jessica and Innocent who then led their mother to faith in Christ too.

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Neville: Jesus Turned a Mess into a Message

After being radically changed by the Lord Jesus Christ, Neville now risks his life to share the Gospel with children through Operation Christmas Child.

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Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren Celebrate Christmas at the Greta Home

Children at the academy in Haiti receive presents and participate in festivities with Mama Greta and Papa John.

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Disciples Making Disciples

As Pastor Teodoro Quispe began seeking to reach Chota, Peru with the Gospel, he gave Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to children and taught The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program. Now children reached for Christ by these projects are reaching others.

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Thida: A Changed Heart

Thirteen-year-old Thida received Christ and forged a better relationship with her family through The Greatest Journey, a 12-week discipleship course for children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

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Christmas at the Greta Home

Franklin Graham, along with Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale, gave out Christmas gifts to children at the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti. Watch as the children open their gifts with joy.

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A Chance to Succeed: Christopher's Story

He was abandoned by his mother while recovering from illness. Like many children at the Greta Home and Academy, Christopher didn't know God's love in his life. Since being at the Greta Home his life has changed. See his story and what Christopher hopes to be when he grows up.

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It's Christmas at the Greta Home and Academy

Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale join Franklin Graham delivering Christmas presents to children living at the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti. To find out more visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org//

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A Mother's Hope in Haiti

A mother who struggled to even take care of herself didn't know how she'd be able to provide a future for her young son. Watch to see how The Greta Home and Academy is making a difference in both their lives.

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Finding Hope with a New Family

Meet Merbison, a Haitian boy who had to leave his home in hopes of a better life. Now he and his sisters live at the Greta Home and Academy, a Christian home supported by Samaritan's Purse that provides them with food, education, and a new family.

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A New Hope in Haiti

After the devastating earthquake in 2010, many Haitian boys and girls lost their homes and families. Watch to see how Samaritan's Purse is providing a loving home and eduction to children at the Greta Home and Academy.

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Greta Home Orphanage in Haiti

Watch as the Greta Home and Academy finally opens its doors to give orphaned children in Haiti a second chance at life. Share with your friends!

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Angella's Faith

Watch a Malawi village be transformed by an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and one child's faith.

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A New World of Sound: Sabrina's Story

A Greta Home and Academy teen receives a life-changing gift from friends.

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Through The Greatest Journey, children in Georgia are learning that they are not forgotten. They are experiencing the love of their Heavenly Father. The Greatest Journey is a twelve- week discipleship program for children around the world.

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Revenge Meets Mercy

Samaritan's Purse Portable Bible Schools are transforming hearts in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Viorica's Story: Sharing The Greatest Journey

Viorica lives in Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe. Her parents fought constantly. She felt useless. When a friend invited her to church, Viorica received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child that began her journey to finding hope and purpose in Christ.

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A Light in The House

Experience the impact The Greatest Journey is having on children after they receive their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Meet one girl from Cameroon whose entire life has been transformed since learning about the love of Jesus Christ. http://www.samaritanspurse.org

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From the Box to the Bible

"It is our desire that every community be reached with the light of Christ." After receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, children are being discipled and learning to share their faith with their community.

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A Little Child Shall Lead them

Behind the giggles and songs of Andrea and her siblings, there is a darkness that dwells in her home. The darkness of addiction, abuse and despair is an unwelcome inhabitant there. Watch this video and find out why Andrea says, "Now I can face life and the challenges it brings me in the way that David from the Bible did against Goliath."

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The Price of a Slave

Samaritan's Purse is expanding efforts to prevent the vicious cycle of human trafficking in Cambodia. Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren visit survivors of the modern slave trade.

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Fighting Exploitation Through Education

Samaritan's Purse-supported schools in Vietnam provide an education for children who would otherwise be at risk for exploitation. Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren spent time encouraging staff and students at these schools during their recent trip to Southeast Asia.

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What Is The Greatest Journey?

It may start with a shoebox gift, but it doesn't end there. The Greatest Journey is a follow-up discipleship class that equips the local church to help children learn about Christ's love and share their faith with others.

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Meeting Needs in Karamoja

Karamoja has suffered more than any other region in Uganda. Samaritan's Purse is coming alongside to help the people to provide materials, tools, and training necessary to provide for their family. See how this program has helped transform a community.

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Preventing Modern Slavery

Every day thousands of Cambodians cross the border into Thailand looking for work. 25% will be exploited--falling prey to labor and sex trafficking. Poverty and debt is usually the first step in luring victims into slavery. Samaritan's Purse is working in 82 border communities. Our programs teach safe migration practices and equip villagers with livelihood projects allowing them to stay with their families.

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The Republic of Georgia Changed By The Greatest Journey

Children in the Republic of Georgia have witnessed many terrible things as their country faces times of war. With The Greatest Journey, children's lives are changing as they learn about the love of Jesus Christ and the hope that comes with salvation.

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Recycling Hope in Haiti

Watch how a recycling program in Haiti is completely revolutionizing the way of life for many Haitians by providing a lucrative livelihood.

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Haitian Orphanage Dedication

Watch as the Greta Home and Academy finally opens its doors to give orphaned children in Haiti a second chance at life.

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The Greatest Journey: Christopher's Story

His friends call him Pastor. Since taking The Greatest Journey discipleship program, Christopher’s life has changed completely. He is now excited and empowered to share his faith with children in his community.

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Merry Christmas from the Greta Home and Academy!

Children living at the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti received Christmas presents during a visit from Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren, and her husband John Coale. Watch the joy on their faces!

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Greta on Rebuilding Haiti

Watch this clip from Fox News regarding the Greta Home and Academy and how Samaritan's Purse is working toward rebuilding a better future for Haitian children.

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Maternity Health

Tom Wood of Samaritan's Purse speaks on the health of women and their babies.

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Images of The Greatest Journey

The faces of children whose lives were forever changed by The Greatest Journey

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The Greatest Journey Reaches Guyana Children

Join Cissie Graham Lynch as she experiences firsthand the work The Greatest Journey is doing in the lives of children in Guyana, South America. Worldwide, over 1 million children are on The Greatest Journey right now, learning about Jesus and memorizing scripture. For $6 you can send one more.

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The Greatest Journey Affects Children In Kenya

Watch how The Greatest Journey is helping Kenyan children not only accepting Christ into their lives, but be raised up to make a better and brighter future for Kenya. For more information on how you can get involved in The Greatest Journey, visit http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.

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Village Samaritan Program

In remote communities where modern medicine is limited by distance and transportation, disease and death can be all too present. It's a tragic situation, especially when many of these diseases are preventable and treatable. With the new Village Samaritan Program starting in Honduras, Samaritan's Purse is medically training long-term community members in these villages to administer healthcare to their people.

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Mongolian Children Embrace The Greatest Journey

Christianity is fairly new in Mongolia, so it is even more important for strong Christians to be raised up in the area. Watch how the Greatest Journey has impacted the lives of many Mongolian children, teaching them to love and live for the Lord.

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Adopted: From Prison to Praise

Only God can do this kind of change. Seven-year-old Hilario was living on the streets in Guadalajara, addicted to drugs. Years later, he threatened the life of a local minister who came to the prison to share the Gospel. In an unexpected turn of events, The Lord completely changed Hilario's heart and used him to bless a young orphan named Veronica. Watch to see how Hilario and Veronica gained the family they never had.

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Boy's Life Changed

Meet Luis. He was a rebel with no future before him, but after receiving his shoe box through Operation Christmas Child and then graduating from The Greatest Journey discipleship program, his entire life has been changed. Find out more at htpp://www.thegreatestjourney.org.

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The Greatest Journey Reaches Latvia

Watch Latvian children excitedly graduate from The Greatest Journey discipleship program and find out how you can be a part of the experience by visiting http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.

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Going Great Lengths for Children with Matthew West

Singer-songwriter, Matthew West, joined Samaritan's Purse to hand deliver Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to children in the most remote of villages. Watch as Matthew West discovers the amazing work being done in the lives of children though Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey in the name of Christ. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.

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Children Worldwide Embark On The Greatest Journey

Watch to find out how the Greatest Journey is changing the lives of children all over the world through a 12-week discipleship class. Discover how you can help us spread the word of God through this program by visiting http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.

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BarlowGirl Helps The Greatest Journey in Belize

Watch Christian musical group, BarlowGirl, reflect on their time in Belize where they helped distribute Operation Christmas Child gifts while also experiencing firsthand the impact The Greatest Journey program has on the local children's lives. To find out how you can help like BarlowGirl, visit http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.

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The Greatest Journey Reaches Mexico

Watch how these Mexican children's lives have been changed through the program.

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