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Posts Tagged ‘Samaritan’s Purse’

A Picture Of Servant Leadership At It’s Finest

Posted by Gary P Jackson on May 7, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

John G Winder, publisher of The Cypress Times, a Houston based Christian orientated news site that both myself and Stacy Drake are regular contributors to, has written a beautiful commentary on Sarah Palin and leadership with a servant’s heart. We are proud to be able to share this with our readers.

It has long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Much has been written and broadcast in the past 48 hours about the need to see a certain picture. A picture that some believe could provide comfort, closure, or confirmation of a death; a killing. This is a picture of death. It is bloody and gruesome, yet so many want to see it.

Another picture caught my eye today.

This was a picture of despair. It was a picture of hope. At its core it is a picture of the greatest hope the world knows. This was a picture of determination, perseverance, faith and the beauty of life in the midst of death. This too was a picture of the kind of leader I want for our nation as we move forward into ever turbulent times.

This is Sarah and Todd Palin who went to Birmingham, Alabama to serve along with other volunteers from Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. This poignant photograph shows Todd and Sarah praying along with J.L. Price, a Birmingham man who some would say lost everything in the horrific tornadoes that tore apart the South last week.

J.L. Price could be seen as representative of all of America over the past several years. With gas and food prices rising, the economy shaky, and our children’s children swimming through a quicksand of debt, some might look at America and say we have lost, or are at the very least, in the rapid process of losing everything.

Yet, when I look at this photo of J.L. Price, I don’t see a man who lost everything. I see a man who has faith and therefore has everything, not the least of which is hope, courage and perseverance.

I see alongside J.L. Price a woman who could be anywhere in the world, doing anything she wished, doing anything else other than choosing to be sweating under the physical strain of manual labor in a steamy tornado ravaged town in Alabama.

I see servant leadership at its finest. I see servant leadership based on faith.

What is Servant Leadership?

Roy Lessin, founder of Outreach Publications, put it this way, “A Godly Leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant.

A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them,” John C. Maxwell.

Our country needs genuine hope which derives from faith in action: Servant Leadership. We need a servant leader.

Servant Leadership is rooted in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 13:2) Christ genuinely loved people, kept his goals ever in front of him, and was more interested in relationships and the lives of people than in tasks. Christ sought no credit. His service was not a publicity stunt.

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many,” Mark 10: 42-45

It feels great to be working out here. I hope more people sign up with Samaritan’s Purse so they can be blessed like I am today,” Sarah Palin.

Blessed to Serve –

I am convinced that without faith-driven Servant Leadership, our country will fall. I am convinced that we as a people must find genuine hope. We can no longer afford to follow along after some ill-conceived notion of a vague secular hope served up on a PR platter decorated by slogans and based on a singular personality whose genuine goals are all centered on self.

The winds of discontent blow fiercely across our nation. The people are no longer willing to sit idly by, blissfully ignorant, of our need to be served. Our nation needs to see real, deep, heartfelt hope demonstrated selflessly in actions, not words.

We need this emotionally, morally, politically and spiritually. We need a President who leads not from the position of political gains or losses, but rather a President who understands that the truest form of leadership is servant leadership.

Our elected officials are all elected to serve. They are not elected to rule. They are not elected to dictate. Their positions are defined as representative roles designed to serve you, to serve the people. Too many of our elected officials have become power hungry, publicity hungry megalomaniacs who believe they are in charge, and that they are to be served. That’s backward.

The only way to change our backward direction as a nation is for the ones truly in charge, you and me and our neighbors, to find a genuine servant leader to serve us, to serve our country.

I found that leader today.

Any questions I may have had about that leader’s qualifications, or concerns about the minutiae of policy melted away. Why?

Because a picture is worth a thousand words and a picture of leadership, hope, life, determination, hard work and faith is worth much more than mere words.

This is the kind of president I want for me, my wife and our family. This is the kind of president I want for our nation. I want someone who rolls up their sleeves and gets down in the dirt with the rest of us in order to serve our nation.

I want someone who knows who we are and will lead with the courage that is derived from faith, love and yes, hope. Real hope.

~ John G Winder

The Times is a great website for local and national news as well as for opinion and inspiration. Take time to check it out here.

For more photos and video of Sarah, as well as how you can help Samaritan’s Purse help tornado victims, click here.

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Palins Join Samaritan’s Purse to Assist Alabama Tornado Victims

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 4, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Today, Governor and Todd Palin joined Samaritan’s Purse in assisting tornado victims in Alabama.

Here’s video footage of the Palins working hard and Governor Palin discussing the need to pray for those who have been affected by the disaster and encouraging people to donate to Samaritan’s Purse:

As posted on Samaritan’s Purse Today:

Todd Palin, four-time winner of the Iron Dog off-road snowmobile race across Alaska, along with his wife, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, joined Samaritan’s Purse volunteers to help tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday.

“I came here to work hard,” Todd said. “There’s no point in being here if you’re not going to work hard.”

After getting a safety briefing and talking with volunteers, the Palins joined a crew assisting homeowner J.L. Price. The couple helped haul off brush and debris, and with the rest of the crew, prayed with Mr. Price.

“It feels great to be working out here,” Sarah said. “I hope more people sign up with Samaritan’s Purse so they can be blessed like I am today.”

The Price home took a direct hit from a tornado and sustained extensive damage.

“It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving this,” Todd said. “What a terrifying time it must have been for them. This just really gets you.”

While going through the debris, Todd found a wooden plaque bearing the Price name and nailed it to a tree, one of the few things remaining standing on the property.

This is the third time the Palins have participated in Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts.


“I appreciate their willingness to bring hope to people in need,” Graham said.

Read more and see pictures here.


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Exclusive Videos: Franklin Graham & Sarah Palin Visit Haiti

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 15, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

These two videos, exclusively from Samaritan’s Purse, highlight the effort being done to help Haitians survive the effects, not only from the earthquake that happened nearly a year ago, but from a deadly outbreak of cholera.

The conditions in the island nation are dire. Haitians lack the most basic necessities of life. The conditions are worsened by political unrest and widespread violence.

Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that puts the money folks donate to good use. You can send money knowing it goes to help those in need.

We know money is tight, but if you have some money set aside for charity, and are looking for the best use of those dollars, we recommend Samaritan’s Purse and their efforts in Haiti. You can donate by going to Samaritan’s Purse’s website and choosing “Haiti.”

At this time of hope and charity, please help as much as you can by sending a donation, be it large or small, to Samaritan’s Purse.

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Hair-Gate Pushers Use Haiti to Advance Their Anti-Palin Agenda

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 13, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

When Haiti is in dire need of humanitarian assistance, and when people like Rev. Franklin Graham, Governor Palin, and Greta Van Susteren are willing to travel there to offer such assistance, one would think the lamestream media would consider this, of all things, too important to include in their anti-Palin antics. But no. In addition to their to-be-expected obsessive preoccupations with tearing apart any and every move Governor Palin makes, now they’ve focused on her hair–again. They did this once before, stating she was so stressed it was falling out. They were wrong then, and they are wrong yet again.

The Associated Press accused her of bringing a hair dresser along with her to Haiti when, in fact, what they considered her dolling up for a photo-op was simply her daughter, Bristol, adjusting her mother’s hair clip.

The AP has now conceded that it was indeed Bristol and that they made a mistake, but come on. Perhaps they should stop acting like immature, deranged, ultra-partisans doing everything in their power to demonize–or rather divaize–Governor Palin, and focus instead on what really matters. She went with Rev. Graham to help, to be a blessing, to “love on” people who are going through an ordeal most of us, by the help of God, will never have to endure. Can these haters suppress their vitriol long enough to simply deal with that, rather than using Haiti’s situation to advance their own sick agenda?

Check out this screen shot, courtesy of Stacy Drake:

The publicizing of the picture then galvanized the Palin-haters who sit around daily looking for dirt on the Governor. Kristinn at Free Republic calls them out:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin traveled to Haiti this weekend as a guest of the Rev. Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse to spotlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the earthquake and cholera-stricken Caribbean (half an) island nation. Instead she has found herself embroiled in a scandal, accused of bringing a hair stylist on the trip to make herself look good for the cameras and “photo-ops.”.

The Associated Press transmitted a photo from Haiti of Palin captioned, “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010. Palin arrived Saturday in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP”

That photo and caption set off rabid attacks on Palin from the Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and, of course, Palingates.

The photo does indeed show Sarah Palin standing with her husband Todd as a woman whose face is obscured uses two hands to fix the hair on the right side of Palin’s head.

However, one can observe that the woman is white, with her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a white shirt with a bulky scarf and dark pants.

In other photos from Saturday, Todd and Sarah Palin’s white, brunette, eldest daughter Bristol, who accompanied her parents on the trip to Haiti, is wearing the exact same clothing and ponytail as the “hair stylist” in the AP photo.

That’s right, what the Palin-hating AP and others fail to report is that the “hair stylist” is Bristol Palin.

The AP photographer who sent the caption would have known that it was Bristol Palin, but by not mentioning her the AP was able to do a media hit on Palin but still be able to claim they told the “truth” with the caption.

Kristinn goes on to point out some captions the Palin-haters promoted:

The Daily Mail:

Ready for Her Close Up…Sarah Palin Lands in Haiti (where they don’t care what her hair looks like)

The Huffington Post (aka the Huff and Puff):

Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How’s My Hair (and did AP lend a curl?)

The certifiably crazy at Palingates:

BREAKING NEWS: Palin Looks Good in Haiti

It’s unreal how facts don’t matter as long as they can spin a story to make Governor Palin look bad, even when it involves Samaritan Purse’s honorable work on behalf of Haitians in need.

Now the AP has walked back their claim and changed their original caption. Michael Calderone writes:

The AP photo caption now describes Palin as having “her hair fixed by her daughter Bristol.”

AP spokesman Paul Colford explained to The Cutline that it wasn’t “immediately clear” that the person photographed next to Palin was her daughter. “Once we figured out it was Bristol Palin,” he said, “we amended the caption accordingly.”

Not “immediately clear”? Well, that’s where checking facts comes in. Had they not been salivating like a rabid dog in their determination to bash a Palin, they might have taken the time to do that. But that malignant Palin Derangement Syndrome does dull the senses now, doesn’t it? Sickening!

Try as these people might to do Governor Palin dirty every time, they continue to show themselves to be who they really are: opposers of those who simply want to do good in this world.

(h/t Stacy Drake)

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Gov. Palin and Rev. Franklin Graham Headed to Haiti This Weekend

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 9, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

Reported on here, Governor Palin is headed to Haiti:

It turns out that Sarah Palin’s next overseas trip won’t be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.

CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

They will be visiting a cholera clinic, among other stops.

Rebecca Mansour, Governor Palin’s aide, confirmed this report via Twitter:

Yes, the CNN story is correct. Gov. Palin is going to Haiti this weekend with Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.

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