Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse airlifts 28 Ukrainian women and children to Canada
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It’s day 82 of the Ukraine-Russia war.
Every week since the conflict began on Feb. 24, the charitable group Samaritan’s Purse has been flying critical relief supplies and food to Ukraine, for the desperate people there caught amid war.
Yesterday, May 15, 2022, the group’s DC-8 cargo plane “had a different mission on Sunday — carrying 28 Ukrainians to Toronto,” Canada, the organization said. In a statement shared on Monday morning with Fox News Digital, Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian disaster relief organization run by Rev. Franklin Graham said that the flight from Poland arrived yesterday afternoon. It was carrying children of all ages as well as grandmothers, mothers, and grandmothers.
There were also some Ukrainian men on board.
Rev. Rev. Franklin Graham gives remarks at a faith-focused gathering. His organization assists Ukrainians who have lost all and he has been twice to Ukraine during the Ukraine-Russia war.
(Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
One of those travelers on board that plane, the group said, was a woman named Natalia, who is eight months pregnant.
Displaced Ukrainian is 8 months pregnant
The woman shared just how emotionally draining and difficult the journey out of her Ukrainian homeland has been.
After crossing the Ukraine/Poland border, these are the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland.
(The Associated Press)
“It has been so hard. We were preparing to have our baby, and then we had the need to pack our entire life into a suitcase,” she shared with Samaritan’s Purse.
” We didn’t know where we would end up. We ran away. “
“God gave us mercy … We can have hope again. “
“Then God gave us mercy when we were found by Samaritan’s Purse. We can have hope again. “
This woman, along with other Ukrainians on board, has relatives in Canada, according to the organization.
‘Too dangerous to go home’
“They will be staying with their loved ones while it is too dangerous to go home,” Samaritan’s Purse said in its statement.
Rev. Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse has been to Ukraine twice to visit volunteers working in the war-torn country.
Rev. Rev. Graham (at left) is seen praying with a team in Ukraine.
In a statement, he said, “God bless these people who have been through so much and had to leave everything behind except what they could carry. They are in desperate need of help. “
” We must continue to pray for the Ukrainian people and do all we can to help.
Samaritan’s Purse said it began its work in Ukraine and the surrounding countries immediately after the conflict began in February.
Ukrainian refugees with children board transport at a square next to a railway station in Przemysl, Poland, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
“Since then, we have airlifted more than 330 tons of relief supplies — including our Emergency Field Hospital — on 13 airlift missions,” the group said.
“We need to continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and do everything we can to help them. “
Samaritan’s Purse has a team of doctors and nurses who are operating multiple medical facilities across Ukraine.
They have treated more than 8,700 patients so far, the organization also noted.
Franklin Graham (at right) is shown in April 2022 in one of the medical clinics his organization set up in Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine war.
“We have delivered more than 1,433 tons of food in Ukraine and Moldova, and we have also provided 17,500 backpacks for children so they have something to put their belongings in as they flee,” the group said.
“In all, we have helped more than 338,000 people by distributing critical relief items such as blankets, hygiene kits and solar lights. “
“We are also installing community water filtration systems in areas where water sources have been disrupted or contaminated by the conflict,” the organization said.
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