Vice President Mike Pence Encourages Volunteers and Homeowners in Mayfield

December 18, 2021 • United States

Pence and his wife, Karen, worked alongside Samaritan's Purse volunteers to help the hurting in Kentucky. Watch the video.

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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse as part of our tornado relief response in Mayfield, Kentucky, on Dec. 18.

“When we saw this [tornado event], it broke our hearts,” he said. “We knew immediately that Samaritan’s Purse would be there.”

Both Pences worked hard alongside Edward Graham, Franklin Graham’s youngest son and Samaritan’s Purse assistant to the vice president, as well as dozens of our volunteers. They also prayed and encouraged homeowners, including a retired police chief.

Their presence was a real lift to everyone. Vice President Pence told one group of our volunteers from Wisconsin: “We just wanted to come down and say thanks for putting hands and feet to your faith. Thanks for not going to the other side of the road….The fact that you’re taking time at this time of year is even more meaningful. Seeing you here is testament to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“The fact that you’re taking time at this time of year is even more meaningful.”

When a Bible—signed by all the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers who worked on his property—was given to former police chief Dale Murphy, Edward Graham said, “We love you. I open the Scripture every day, and I hope you will also.” The Pences signed the Bible with a reference to Jeremiah 29:11.

Samaritan’s Purse is currently working at three sites in Kentucky: Mayfield, Bowling Green, and Dawson Springs. Volunteers are needed. Go to to learn more and sign up.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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