Samaritan’s Purse is deploying a 50-plus bed emergency field hospital to the City of Lancaster in response to what the evangelical organization is calling a dire situation as the result of the surging COVID-19 outbreak in the state.
The nondenominational organization points to the fact that California is among the states with the most confirmed cases per capita and that in Los Angeles County, one person reportedly dies from the disease every eight minutes. Of the more than 8,000 patients hospitalized, about 20 percent are in intensive care units (ICU).
More than 12,000 COVID-19 patients have died so far in Los Angeles County, Samaritan’s Purse stated in its announcement.
Edward Graham, grandson to evangelist Billy Graham, and who is assistant to the vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse, told The Epoch Times at a press event held at Antelope Valley Hospital’s parking lot where the field hospital is being set up, that he would like to see the community overcome the pandemic.
“My prayer is that our hospital gets to be part of a miracle and that our team here gets to see this community rise up out of this virus; that you start seeing people have victory over it,” Graham said. “But also, my prayer is for the community spiritually, that we get to share the hope that we believe in Jesus Christ.
“We’re not here to prophesize. We’re here to administer medicine and health. My father always said that medicine is a magnet for the gospel when we are treating someone that’s hurting and struggling. We just want to love our neighbor most of all. That’s what scripture calls us to do.”
Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, who is serving as the Team Lead for the Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response, told The Epoch Times he has been serving in the same capacity internationally after catastrophes such as earthquakes and hurricanes for the past seven years.
“We never thought we’d be here in the United States,” Tenpenny said. “We’re pulled into it because COVID is so bad in different places. We’re happy to serve here, but it presents unique challenges.
“We’re excited that our doctors and nurses have risen to the challenge. The same ones that are deployed all around the world are here with us today to treat this disease.”
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SOURCE: Assist News, Alex Murashko