Letter from Samaritan’s Purse

Pastor Schneider,

On behalf of Samaritan’s Purse, thank you for your generous support of our US Disaster Relief efforts.  Fairport Baptist Church’s recent donations empower us to serve a lot of hurting people in Jesus’ name.  We thank the Lord for your partnership in these efforts.

As you know, it has been a busy season for our US Disaster ministry.  Here are updates on how our partnership is currently making it possible to meet needs and promote the Gospel of Jesus in both Maui and Florida. 

Maui Wildfire Response: The city of Lahaina is scheduled to open to volunteers on Monday, September 25, and our teams will help homeowners sift through ashes to find any mementos that survived the fire. According to Edward Graham, our Chief Operating Officer, “Sifting is extremely important. We may think it’s something simple, but it helps bring healing and closure like no other way for a homeowner.” Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains will continue working alongside us to offer emotional and spiritual care for these hurting people.  We have constructed a tent city where volunteers will be housed, and several thousand have already signed up to help. Samaritan’s Purse volunteers recently completed work in Kula, an upcountry region of Maui, and we praise the Lord that 52 families were assisted and 23 individuals placed their faith in Jesus Christ!

  Hurricane Idalia Response: We deployed Disaster Relief Units and support equipment to Taylor County and Pasco County in Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia, where our volunteer teams are helping homeowners with debris cleanup, mud-outs, roof tarping, and chainsaw work. Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains are working alongside us to offer emotional and spiritual care.

Thank you again for your partnership with us in ministry. We give thanks that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

On a personal note, I wanted to let you know that I look forward to meeting you and learning more about you and your church.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or update requests.

God Bless,


Brian Gresham