Tim Tebow Joins Samaritan’s Purse Response Team for Flight to Aid Afghan Refugees
Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was on the ground helping with the humanitarian relief effort in Afghanistan just days after being cut from the NFL team.
Tebow joined Billy Graham’s grandson, Edward Graham, in a relief mission on behalf of Samaritan’s Purse to aid evacuees in an undisclosed location who have been able to get out of the embattled country, The Christian Post reported.
A representative from Samaritan’s Purse, the humanitarian organization run by Edward’s father Franklin Graham, told CP the organization’s DC-8 cargo plane carried hygiene and medical kits as well as members of the group’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), including medical personnel.
In addition, the organization said it has sponsored partner flights that have rescued more than 700 people from Afghanistan since the U.S. troops withdrew and the Taliban advanced.
In an August 29 Instagram post, Franklin Graham thanked the military “who are doing such an incredible job in the toughest of circumstances,” and said Samaritan’s Purse has already been able to help thousands of people in more than one location with a “plan to do more in the coming days.”
He noted that evacuees were forced to leave without bringing any personal belongings, and said the medical team was able to deliver a baby by C-section as soon as they arrived in one location.
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Franklin Graham said of Tebow, “Tim was a great encouragement to everyone on the ground.”
Tebow had announced his release from the Jaguars on Twitter a few days earlier, on Aug. 17.
“Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks. I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream…” he said, adding, “Thank you to the @Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey. And we know that…God works all things together for good. Romans 8:2.”
In an Instagram post after his humanitarian trip, Tebow wrote, “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 (The Tim Tebow Foundation) as we try to help fight for those who are hurting.”