Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday praised the work of Franklin Graham’s international Christian relief organization, telling workers that “if you save enough people, then you’ve saved a nation.”
Visiting the headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, N.C., along with his wife, Callista, the former presidential candidate singled out specific Samaritan’s Purse programs, including its Operation Christmas Child and World Medical Mission programs, according to a report in the High Country Press.
“We tend to forget sometimes — you don’t save a nation, you save a person,” he said.
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Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine “with the purpose of sharing God's love through his Son, Jesus Christ,” according to the organization.
The eldest son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, Franklin Graham serves as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Gingrich, told Samaritan’s Purse workers “what you all are doing is extraordinarily important,” he said. “There are lots of ways to spend your life, but very few of those ways will affect as many people in a positive way as what you are doing. I thank you for what you are doing. We are very deeply indebted to you and what you are doing here in the middle of the mountains to help people in over 110 countries.”
The former speaker spoke optimistically about the future of America and the importance of putting one’s faith in Jesus Christ, according to the publication, which noted that the high-profile couple also made a stop in North Wilkesboro, N.C., to tour the U.S. Disaster Relief facilities of Samaritan’s Purse.
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