ARMENIA — A Samaritan’s Purse medical team is caring for burned patients in an explosion while fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh. They are are sharing by word and deed that Jesus cares and has not forgotten them.
Peter Holz – Samaritan’s Purse:
Samaritan’s Purse has arrived in Armenia. We are treating patients with severe burns to them from the gasoline fire that occurred a couple of weeks ago.
Sasha Thew – Samaritan’s Purse:
Our medical team landed, many arriving after 3 a.m. and by early afternoon, our team was in the operating room performing surgeries on critical burn patients, many with up to 80% burn of their entire body and in very, very critical condition.
We are doing six to eight major surgeries per day. This amount of burn patients would overwhelm any country. The hospitals here are doing a great job of taking care of their patients, but we really are here to help, but just build the capacity in the hospitals that we can get through all of these surgeries.
Not only will these patients require surgical care, but they also will require a lot of psychosocial care and spiritual care.
I pray that you give each one of us the skill, the wisdom and discernment necessary to do the best possible job for him.
This is a very difficult and unique crisis. All of these people just trying to leave to safety. In many circumstances, they’re families, they’re livelihoods. But when they were just trying to flee to safety, a fire took many lives. And the burden is just so huge. Yeah, so sad.
Jessica Burger – Samaritan’s Purse:
We pray that they know that they are seen and that they are loved by Jesus, that He will not forsake them or leave them.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. We stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.