While the Biden administration has been criticized for the manner in which it has handled the chaotic evacuation of American personnel and Afghan targets of the brutal Taliban regime which took control of the country earlier this month, evangelist Franklin Graham’s organization has joined with several other groups to do what they can to contribute to the rescue efforts.
On Thursday morning, the situation in Kabul was getting direr by the hour. The US Embassy as well as the UK and Australian embassies issued urgent warnings of a security threat near the airport and warned citizens to stay away.
This came just hours after the State Department specified that 1,500 Americans remained in the country as the clock ticks ever closer to the Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawal. The Taliban has threatened “consequences” should the Biden administration neglect to meet this deadline.
As the federal government’s efforts face scrutiny, private organizations have been quietly working to do their part.
Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse shared on Tuesday that their Disaster Assistance Response Team in the region was working to determine who needed help and how to get it to them and that they have arranged private flights that have evacuated hundreds of people.
“Samaritan’s Purse has been partnering with organizations on the ground to get men, women, and children out of this horrific situation,” the organization shared on their website.
“We have been able to sponsor flights that have brought hundreds to safety—one of our partners made three trips that brought out 700 people in one day! We have also supported the evacuation of 80 missionary families via land routes.”
“Only God’s mighty hand can save those trapped in this crisis,” the group noted. “Please pray for the people of Afghanistan. Please pray that rescue operations will continue and that more people will escape to safety. Also pray for U.S. leaders to have wisdom and a great sense of urgency. Pray that God will continue to lead Samaritan’s Purse as we seek to help those fleeing Afghanistan.”
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