Samaritan’s Purse airlifted a volunteer team and 17 tons of emergency supplies to Hawaii earlier this week to provide immediate relief to those suffering in the wake of the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century. Our DC-8 cargo jet carried cooking and hygiene kits, solar lights, home water filtration systems, plastic tarp, and other critical items. Tools and equipment to help our volunteers sift through ashes to recover valuables and cherished mementos were also aboard.
“We're in Maui to serve our neighbors during this crisis,” said Edward Graham, Samaritan's Purse COO, who is in Hawaii. “People here want to know: did God forsake us? And we want them to know that God loves them, even in the midst of the storm.”
We are closely working with local government authorities to determine when it is safe to enter the affected areas and start sifting through the ashes, allowing homeowners to begin healing and find closure as treasured possessions are found. We are also partnering with churches on the island to see how their congregations can be the hands and feet of Jesus in the wake of this tragedy.
Please pray for the hurting and for our teams as they share Christ's love with those they serve. Volunteers are urgently needed. If you would like to learn more, go to spvolunteer.org.
“What has happened in Hawaii is nothing short of devastating. As the death toll has risen, my heart breaks for those who have lost loved ones and for the families who must now begin the long road to recovery. Please join me in praying for them and for our Samaritan's Purse teams who are responding in Jesus' Name.”
President, Samaritan's Purse
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2