Graham said Samaritan’s Purse is working with two churches in Gaza, a region that is overwhelmingly Muslim. “The fighting is raging around them, and we have asked the Israelis to please let them help them to evacuate to the south because these Christians are being terrorized by Hamas,” he said. “They have no place to run, no place to go.”
Graham said Samaritan’s Purse would also begin sending some medical supplies to Gaza through the Red Crescent in Egypt.
While in Israel, Graham got a tour of Kibbutz Be’eri, one of several farming communities that sustained massive damage on Oct. 7. Hamas militants killed more than 100 residents and abducted dozens of others to Gaza. Homes were set on fire and their occupants burned alive.
Graham described videos collected by the Israeli Army of the rampage, which he called “sickening.”
“It’s demonic, it’s just evil,” he said.
Samaritan’s Purse will be focusing its efforts in Israel on the city of Sderot, about a mile from the Gaza border, which is still subject to rocket barrages from Gaza.
Graham met there with local officials who said they were interested in helping children with post traumatic stress disorder. They asked Graham if he would support the purchase of horses for an equine therapy program they want to offer children.
“They said they thought this would be good therapy for them, and I said I agree,” said Graham. “So we’re gonna set that program up for these kids.”
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