The work of Samaritan Hands began in 1984 when our founder, Dr. Jerald Russell, made his first trip to Guatemala. The need he saw was great: nearly 75 precious children all living in the space of the average American bedroom, and getting ready to be evicted from even this meager existence. A deserted building was located, refurbished and put into immediate use, giving the children a secure place to live and grow.
Samaritan Hands is a Christian ministry designed to help those who find themselves by the road of life around the world. We work not only to help heal the wounds that life sometimes delivers, as in the Biblical Samaritan parable, but also to provide on-going service, support and Christian love.
Today the work of Samaritan Hands continues to reach throughout Guatemala with a new orphanage being built on a large piece of land where the children can run and play as well as have a few animals and garden spot. But we also have ongoing projects in Costa Rica in coordination with Volunteers in Mission. In Zimbabwe, we provide food and an educational program. Land has been purchased for the co…nstruction of 8 group homes as well. In Paraguay, a school has been built and each year a new grade is added. Latvia is where we have a young woman in place to minister to the children and youth of that war torn country. We take regular mission trips to Haiti to help with an orphange we support. International college students are aided with their education here as well as helping missionaries with their calling. Our dream is to continue spreading the love of Christ around the world to all people.