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About Samaritan’s Purse

Mission Statement

Samaritan’s Purse is a non-profit, Christian organisation providing emergency relief and development assistance to suffering people around the world. Samaritan’s Purse is meeting the physical needs of victims of war, famine, natural disaster, poverty and disease with the aim of demonstrating God’s love and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The aid and assistance are given without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion, or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.


“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God…”

Bob Pierce wrote these now-famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island

In the summer of 1973, Bob Pierce met his eventual successor, an adventurous young student named Franklin Graham with a growing heart for world missions. Intrigued by his many stories from the field, Franklin began to spend more and more time with the seasoned Christian statesman.

In 1975, he accompanied Bob on a life-changing tour of some of the world’s neediest mission fields. Franklin saw the poverty of pagan religions and the utter despair of the people they enslave. God had captured his heart for missions.of Koje-do. This impassioned prayer is what guided him as he founded and led the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse in 1970. His mission for this organisation was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.”

After World War II, Bob Pierce traveled throughout Asia as an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ. While on a university lecturing circuit in China, he stumbled across some courageous women who were living among lepers and orphans, sacrificing everything to share the love of Jesus Christ. Through their selfless love, God gave Pierce a vision for ministry. He dedicated himself to finding and supporting other such Christians who were caring for the poor and suffering in the distant corners of the world.

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 organisation under Franklin’s leadership, and the ministry has seen explosive growth.

“Go and do likewise,” Christ commanded after explaining the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. So we do. Samaritan’s Purse travels the world’s highways looking for victims along the way. We are quick to bandage the wounds we see, but like the Samaritan, we don’t stop there. In addition to meeting immediate, emergency needs, we help these victims recover and get back on their feet.

No matter where we go or what we do, we offer more than help. We offer hope. To suffering people in a broken world, we share the news of the only One who can bring true peace—Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

How We Work

Our work is accomplished through two separate companies. Funds are strictly segregated at all times.

Samaritan’s Purse Australia Limited ABN: 84 070 722 404 | NZ CCRN: CC36649
Samaritan’s Purse Australia Limited is registered with the ACNC and endorsed by the ATO as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and is also a DFAT ‘approved organisation’ and endorsed for the operation of the Samaritan’s Purse Australia Overseas Aid Fund, which also has DGR status. All Disaster Relief and Development projects conducted in Australia are operated through the PBI endorsement while international Disaster Relief and Development projects are operated through the Overseas Aid Fund. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers.

Donations are not tax deductible for New Zealand taxpayers.

Samaritan’s Purse Australasia- Operation Christmas Child Limited  ABN: 80 162 895 623.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. (In Australia, this is carried out by Samaritan’s Purse Australasia- Operation Christmas Child Limited). It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Samaritan’s Purse Australasia- Operation Christmas Child Limited also builds churches, trains church workers and provides Bible literature and other practical resources to equip and empower the local church in reaching their community with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

Donations to Samaritan’s Purse Australasia- Operation Christmas Child Limited are not tax deductible.