Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Deployment to Australia Disaster

February 1, 2013

Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are linking arms to respond to the Queensland Floods. A team has deployed to Bundaberg to set up operations to alleviate the suffering of people who have been impacted by the disaster. They aim to work in partnership with local churches in the area that participate in Operation Christmas Child. 

Samaritan’s Purse and crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team will work together to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the survivors.

Equipment being shipped into the area by Samaritan’s Purse includes:

  •  generators 
  •  pumps 
  •  chainsaws 
  •  personal protective equipment 
  •  other tools 

A call has gone out from Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for financial and material contributions to enable this response to be effective. 

The initial deployment will be for a minimum of 1 month but is likely to be extended based on the needs in the community and available funding. 

In 2009 Samaritan’s Purse deployed to the Black Saturday fires in Kinglake, Victoria and continued to work there for 2 years. That was the first time Samaritan’s Purse responded to a disaster in Australia. 

This is the 3rd time this year that Samaritan’s Purse has deployed to a disaster affected community in Australia to bring emergency aid and assistance. 

In December 2012 Samaritan’s Purse Australia also deployed to disasters in Fiji and the Philippines. 

Further information is available on www.samaritanspurse.org.au/disasterrelief and www.billygraham.org.au.

For additional information, contact Jorge Rodrigues at jorge@samaritanspurse.org.au.

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