eGiving.com has recently overhauled their entire eGiving platform and we have updated our website accordingly. The giving site now has a new look and provides many more features for both donors and Samaritan Hands. If you have any questions about using the new platform, please contact us and we will work with you and eGiving to resolve it. We are so grateful that this tool allows our donors to give conveniently and the funds are able to get directly to our ministries faster.
In December we often get questions about End of the Year Giving. You can donate in multiple ways to any of our ministries. We thank you for your donations – they are what allows us to make a difference in lives all around the world.
- By mail/check. Please make your check out to Samaritan Hands and mail it to:
Samaritan Hands PO Box 6016, Maryville, TN 37802
Please indicate the ministry you are donating to in the memo (i.e. Guatemala Orphanage, Ishe Anesu (Africa), Paraguay Schools (please include your student’s number)).
2. Online at SamaritanHands.org/donate
You can set up a one time gift or recurring gifts (weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly). Please ensure you choose your “Purpose” for the donation and add any notes necessary in the space provided. Donations can be made using a credit card, savings or checking account.
All donations must be made and postmarked by December 31, 2017 to be included in your 2017 Giving Statement. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Samaritan Hands leads groups to Costa Rica, Guatemala and Zimbabwe throughout the year. We typically travel to Guatemala in mid/late May, Zimbabwe in late August and Costa Rica in June and again in December. We are always looking to partner with new groups and add additional trips to these various countries. Depending on the needs of the project and surrounding communities, team members may participate in VBS, construction, medical, dental, glasses and sports ministries.
If you or your church are interested in partnering with Samaritan Hands on one of our trips, please contact us!
Check back soon as we continue to update our look as well information and news on each of our trips and ministries. We have been busy supporting our ministries in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Zimbabwe and Guatemala. In 2017 we have sent groups to Costa Rica, Guatemala and we are leading a group to Zimbabwe in August. We also hosted a very popular and successful fundraiser in February to support the children of Hogar del Nino in Guatemala.
If you are interested in partnering with Samaritan Hands through a missions trip, sponsorship or fundraising for our various ministries, please contact us via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you!
A Note from Dr. Jerry Russell on the passing of his dear friend, Marion Woods:
When the word came that my friend and mentor in missions ministry had passed over the Jordan into eternity, my heart sank for a few seconds. I had shed my tears and said my “goodbye” and I” love you and thank for being a Godly man” when we left Costa Rica on March 29. Yet, the truth is one is never prepared for that final moment. Marion had preached and taught that the Grace of Jesus was that great gift offered to all and available for all if one just receives that love of Christ and believes in their heart that in Christ, God has made it right between his children and himself.
Marion, as a teen, found the joy and truth of Gods’ grace. It was this grace that God carried him to Costa Rica to touch so many folks for the Kingdom. One life that made a difference, yes! To make a difference in this world… what an impact! My prayer is now one of gratitude and thanksgiving for” Papa Noel.” Make me, Lord, like Jesus and a servant like Marion Woods.
May the Lord bless each one of you and I thank God for all the blessings we recieve daily. At the ¨Hogar del Niño¨ presently there are six children. Angelina who is 17 years old, Yessica who is 15 years old, Sandra who is 14 years old, Juan Manuel who is 13 years old, Samuelito who is 3 years old and Juanita who is 2 years old. We are very thankful because they are growing and in health. Juanita is going to therapy to learn to walk well and her progress is good each day. Samuelito is a very cute boy who is growing and playing each day. The older girls and boys are in school and this year they are working hard. Please pray so that they continue growing in school but most importantly in their knowledge about Jesus and His love for them. Also so that all of us that work with them and see them grow each day may have the wisdom and knowledge to guide and help them in different areas. Thank you and may the Lord bless you greatly.
New Horizon Students Welcome you!
New Horizon Methodist School serves students with limited resources. We seek scholarships for the students and families who pay a small portion so they have a vested interest in their children’s education. We currently have 715 students from 4 years old through the 12th grade. The school’s vision is to form leaders through academic excellence in order to develop integrity, discipline, wisdom, honesty, respect, and love of God and neighbor.
Currently, all our planned buildings have been constructed but there are various smaller projects and general maintenance that need to be attended to. However, building, maintenance, and construction are just a small part of our needs. We are looking for teams that are interested in joining our older students, school staff, and parents to visit local schools and poor settlements in our area and around Paraguay to do Evangelism projects. Also, we would like groups that can lead Bible studies, vacation bible school, leadership trainings and other seminars. Since the completion of our multipurpose building, we are also looking for teams that can help us conduct sports camps and tournaments, art programs, music and dance programs and plan theatre productions and concerts as community outreach programs for children, youth, and adults.
For more information, check with the School’s General Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
The medical mission team to Haiti has been an incredible blessing to all that have gone. Haiti is
a country trying to recover from one of the most devastating natural disasters on record. The country
has very little in the way of medical support. Taking medical supplies and providing basic medical
treatment helps protect the community from basic infections to providing daily vitamins.
The things we take for granted are virtually unavailable to most Haitians. Children and prison
inmates are the most susceptible to infections, rashes, worms, bacteria and STD’s. Women suffer
especially with STD’s, infections and female problems.
It is through this outreach that hundreds and thousands of lives are changed and encouraged. I
wish that there were a problem with their being too many people willing to travel and help on medical
missions to Haiti. God calls each of us to be servants and there can no greater love than serving in
I have been to Zimbabwe many times over the years and it never ceases to amaze me. Here is a
country that used to be the bread basket of Africa. Their bountiful farms supplied food for the entire
continent and their exports kept the country awash with prosperity. That has all changed. In the last
25-30 years AIDS has wiped out most of the middle of the population leaving thousands of orphans
and children with nowhere to go for food and shelter. The country slid into abject poverty. The once
prosperous economy went into a complete collapse. The monetary system was wiped out due to
incredible inflation where their money became entirely worthless (a loaf of bread, if you could find
one, was being sold for $3.3 trillion Zimbabwe dollars). In fact this is the only country to actually print
a $100,000,000,000,000 bill! It is now a collector’s item as the country finally gave up and went to the
American Dollar as the standard currency within the last two years.
Despite these upheavals, God is alive in Zimbabwe! Maria and Bill Humbane, the missionaries in
Mutare, Zimbabwe, have established Ishe Anesu*, a project where children can come and get free food,
school supplies, medicine, and can be taught the love of God. In Zimbabwe you must pay to go to school
and you must have enough money to purchase the school uniforms and school supplies. Samaritan
Hands, Fairview UMC, and Holston Conference’s generosity makes this happen. The money, food
buckets, backpacks, school supplies, and clothes sent to Zimbabwe supports these children. The meal
they get from our food buckets may be the only meal they get on any given day. The money is used to
pay for school tuition and uniforms. I cannot describe the overwhelming joy and gratitude these children
have when they are at the “project”. This small oasis built through the hard work and determination of
Maria and Bill supported with the donations from you, provide the children a place to study, eat, play,
and now with the addition of the first orphanage home, a place to live!
And nowhere is the Spirit of God more alive than in their Sunday worship. It starts at 9 AM and finishes
about three to four hours later. It is a worship of incredible, spontaneous music, reading of the Bible,
and continuous, faithful energy! The church overflows with about 3000-4000 people every Sunday.
They built an addition onto their church to allow more people to attend; however, it is still too small to
accommodate everyone who desires to worship! The church is literally packed every Sunday. You can
feel God in every corner of that church! Praise be to God!
*Ishe Anesu means “God is with us”. Go to the website www.isheanesu.com. You will see pictures of
the children, the Ishe Anesu project, and Maria and Bill Humbane. They also have newsletters.
God is working miracles in Zimbabwe!