Our trip to Panama City was our first time to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse. We saw this trip as an opportunity to do something hands on with Samaritan’s Purse and to serve with other members of our church. While we worked hard for 4 ½ days straight, we found the experience to be rewarding and enjoyable. Alongside volunteers from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida we worked on a home that suffered extensive damage from hurricane Michael in October Samaritan’s Purse crew leaders directed our efforts and provided instruction as we painted, installed doorways, baseboard (Terri learned to use a nail gun!) kitchen cabinets, windows and vinyl flooring, and painted some more. Just as God transforms our lives as believers, we watched this house undergo a major transformation from day one to five, from a boarded up house to a house that was becoming inhabitable once again. We met the homeowner and saw the joy and tears on her face as she saw her hurricane battered house becoming a home. It brought us joy to serve in this way, with our hands and physical labor, meeting the homeowner, and knowing we were truly making a difference in her life – as opposed to just writing a check.
We were impressed with Samaritan’s Purse organization, efficiency and
hospitality and found all the staff to be gracious, friendly and strong followers of Jesus Christ. As often happens on a mission trip, we came away immensely blessed watching God at work in Panama City in so many lives, and counting the innumerable ways He has blessed us in our lives. For a U.S. mission trip, Samaritan’s Purse is an excellent option, and we will most likely serve with them again.
Steve & Terri Damon