samaritans-purse

Pour Into A Thirsty World

Samaritan’s Purse [SP] was started by Bob Pierce back in 1970 and his vision for this organization was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.” Bob Pierce died of leukemia in 1978, and a little over a year later, Franklin Graham became the President and Chairman of the Board of Samaritan’s Purse. Through over 30 years of earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and famine, Franklin has led the ministry in following the Biblical example of the Good Samaritan all across the globe. God has blessed the organization under Franklin’s leadership, and the ministry has seen explosive growth.

While the list of SP programs are extensive, the most recognizable is their Operation Christmas Child “Shoebox” ministry, we have chosen to contribute to their Pour Into A Thirsty World program because every cyclist can relate to being thirsty. An excerpt from their site reads:
Every day, 6,000 people die from dirty water. It’s a staggering statistic when we consider how vital clean water is to our daily existence. That’s why Samaritan’s Purse works to provide a thirsty world with clean water. Whether it’s drilling freshwater wells in Bolivia’s highlands or teaching health and hygiene education in a refugee camp, all of these efforts aim to point people to the “living water” found in Jesus Christ. For $20 per family, we can provide a daily source of clean water or help establish sanitation facilities and hygiene education to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.
 
​Our support for them would be directly through Team Samaritans Purse [TeamSP for short] which is a fundraising arm of Samaritans Purse. TeamSP’s webpage says “Run, cycle, swim, walk; for a purpose. Your efforts make a difference! Use your next athletic event to raise funds for the worldwide relief projects of Samaritan’s Purse.”​ Sounds like a perfect way for ChristianCycling to support this awesome ministry!
​So, every $20 we raise for them can have a huge impact on a whole family with a life threatening need — and introduces them to Christ at as they meet their physical needs.​