Tim Tebow on the Ground Providing Aid to Afghan Refugees
By Movieguide® Staff
Former NFL player Tim Tebow recently teamed with humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse to offer aid to people fleeing Afghanistan.
After the Jacksonville Jaguars dropped Tebow from the team before the start of the season, the outspoken Christian and activist announced his partnership with SP and Billy Graham’s ministry in Afghanistan.
The relief organization airlifted supplies to families who evacuated the Taliban-controlled country with little to no belongings and also worked with other organizations to help evacuate Afghan refugees.
According to The Christian Post, one such evacuation rescued 700 people in one day.
“We have been able to sponsor flights, bringing hundreds to safety,” an SP representative told the CP. “Our DC-8 cargo plane carried hygiene kits, medical kits, and members of our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), including medical personnel to provide additional capacity to medical facilities that are treating the sick and suffering.”
Franklin Graham shared photos of relief operations on Instagram while his son, Edward Graham, and Tebow flew on the SP plane to help on the ground.
“In addition to helping with evacuation flights from Afghanistan through partners on the ground, we sent our @SamaritansPurse DC-8 loaded with supplies and a team to aid evacuees who have been able to get out of the country,” Franklin Graham wrote on Instagram.
“Protocols changed and evacuees weren’t even allowed to bring a suitcase when they left,” Graham added. “Our medical team was able to deliver a baby by C-section as soon as they arrived in one location. We thank God they were there to help.”
Graham also thanked Tebow for his ministry to staff and refugees.
“Tim was a great encouragement to everyone on the ground,” Graham said. “A huge thank you to our military who are doing such an incredible job in the toughest of circumstances. We plan to do more in the coming days.”
The founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation also shared on Instagram his thoughts towards the crisis in Afghanistan and the role of Christians worldwide.
“We have been heartbroken over the crisis in Afghanistan, the loss of our brave servicemen and women, and the loss of so many other precious lives,” Tebow told his 2.5 million followers. “With so much suffering around the world, we ask that you join us in prayer. Prayer for the country of Afghanistan, the evacuees, the families of those lost, Louisiana & Mississippi, Haiti, the flooding in TN, the fires out west, Covid-19, and so much more. We ask you to pray alongside TTF as we try to help fight for those who are hurting.”
“With so many challenges, we, the body of Christ have many opportunities to impact those directly affected by these crises,” he added. “In the dark, the light of Jesus shines brightest. As we pray over each of these crises, let’s all seek ways to serve those affected and be ready when God calls us to step in to make a difference in the life of another.”
Tebow concluded the post by quoting Romans 12:21 and encouraging fellow believers to “not be over come by evil, but to overcome evil with good.”
“We are made for these moments,” Tebow said. “Let’s pray always and serve strong together those in great need. To God be all the glory. We are praying over you!”
Edward Graham added: “On the trip: I was so encouraged by the volunteers and military personnel I saw loving the Afghans fleeing from the evils of the Taliban. After all the discouragement, know that America will rally and work together to help those suffering. Proud of our military and their families.”
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