COLOMBIA — A Samaritan’s Purse medical team in Colombia is screening Venezuelans for COVID 19 before they return to their country over the Simon Bolivar Bridge. Team member Paula Melo explains why she believes God has called them to be there at this moment to bless those returning home.
Paula Melo, Samaritan’s Purse
My name is Paula Melo, Health Program Manager of Samaritan’s Purse Colombia. We are here today at the Simon Bolivar Bridge, right on the border between Colombia and Venezuela. We have our medical team working on the identification of possible COVID-19 cases, through clinical screening and coordination with other organizations and the Department of Health. We believe God has put us in this moment and this hour to bless those who are returning to their country in difficult situations. But we are happy and encouraged to help in the Name of Jesus.
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.
Samaritan Purse: Responding to Coronavirus — Samaritan’s Purse continues to help alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 crisis. Each of the 16 field offices around the world, as well as the four affiliate offices, have launched new efforts or adapted projects to support people who are suffering during this global pandemic. Among the efforts include providing food to mothers in Iraq, hygiene training in Cambodia, and medical care for migrant communities along the Colombia-Venezuela border.
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