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Supporting Hurting Communities During COVID-19

Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with churches to help vulnerable Australians recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting communities around the globe. The health crisis and ensuing economic impacts are magnifying the vulnerabilities of those already in dire situations because of illness, unemployment and poverty worldwide. The need is urgent.

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With borders closed and movement restricted, on the ground support is limited. In light of this, Samaritan’s Purse is responding in Jesus’ Name through local partnerships. Across Australia, we are helping local churches in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia to support those without work and basic living necessities.

Since early April, Samaritan’s Purse Australia and New Zealand has been working with these churches to provide care packages and distribute groceries to low-income families, elderly communities, immigrants and international students. The care packages include bread, fruit and vegetables, canned goods, and hygiene products.

“Restrictions have left vulnerable people cut off from support,” said Jodie Reid, project leader of Samaritan’s Purse. “Samaritan’s Purse is here to be the hands and feet of Jesus – we want to equip churches already on the ground to help them serve their local community and grow their ministry.”

These families and communities will be dealing with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for months to come, and we are continuing to support them through local churches who can help them recover.

Please pray for our teams serving alongside Australian churches, and for the people in desperate need who are receiving the care packages. Pray for those impacted by this coronavirus, medically and economically, and their families throughout our nation.

Samaritan’s Purse also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protective equipment. In April, we sent more than 8,000 face masks to Westmead Children’s Hospital, NSW.

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