Answering the call

Dear friends and family,

We wanted to let you know that we have finished our 14 day quarantine after arriving back home from Sierra Leone on March 21st. No sooner had we finished the quarantine, than we received a call asking if we would be willing to serve with Samaritan’s Purse in their efforts to care for COVID-19 patients. We were not totally surprised by this request. We have been in contact with Samaritan’s Purse since last September, when we attended their conference in Orlando, Florida. During that conference, SP presented the opportunity to serve with their “Disaster Assistance Response Teams”, (DART).

After praying about our next steps, we decided at that time to apply and to make ourselves available. Knowing that we would be coming back from Sierra Leone for two months in April and May, we thought that we might be asked by Samaritan’s Purse to help in some way, but of course, COVID-19 was never on our radar. We will be leaving on Friday, April 10th, and have committed to help until May 1st, with an option to stay longer if the need, and our stamina, continue.

We would ask that you please join us in this ministry by praying for us to have strength, both physical and emotional, to help as many as we can. We know that you have been praying for the sick, and we would ask you to continue to pray that they would recover. Our greatest desire is to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus to those we serve. We would also ask that you would please pray for our four adult children and their spouses. Five of them are medical, and are also on the front lines of this pandemic.

As we go, we are keeping our minds stayed on Him, so as to experience His perfect peace. Psalm 91 has been a particular source of strength.

Psalm 91

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.” …

For His Glory!

Cathy and Richard

To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse, just follow this link to their website:

Our teams continue to work hard and to serve in Jesus' Name during this global pandemic.

Published by rctoupin

Medical missionaries in Sierra Leone

33 thoughts on “Answering the call

  1. Your Small Group Family are privileged to pray for you as you follow His Call! We miss meeting together but are always beside you in your journey! The Hadleys and Coopers


    1. Prayers for you both as you continue in our Lords work. May he give you strength and courage as you work in this pandemic.


  2. Thank you Richard and Cathy for your faithful service to King (Jesus) and country. We will be lifting you up in prayer for protection and stamina as well as to be a voice of encouragement to those who are infected and isolated from family.!!


      1. Will be prayerful for you. May the Lord protect you and give you strength in his secret hiding place under the shelter of his wings. This is our favorite Psalm too.


  3. Will continue to pray for you both and for the kids also. Stay safe and thank you for all you do, you two are truly gifted! Missing you both.
    Tonya Norris


  4. Richard and Cathy, Thank you sooo much for the updates and we will definitely be praying for all of you. THANK YOU for answering the call. May God protect you ALL.


  5. Richard and family, so wonderful of all of you to help during this scary time. God be with you. Jeanie Applegate


  6. Be safe. Thanks for your continued service. You are a blessing.

    Sent from Outlook Mobile



  7. Somehow I know to never pull down the clothespin from my car mirror which says “pray for the Toupin’s”! Know that you are diligently prayer supported! Love you both!


    1. Hi Mark. Appreciate your prayers. We are in NYC. Will be working in a new unit inside Mount Sinai Hospital. SP set up their field hospital to help with overflow from Mount Sinai. Now Mount Sinai is full and they’ve built a 65 bed unit in their lobby. They’ve asked SP to staff it. We will be part of that team.


  8. Hey Richard and Cathy, We found this post on Facebook! How awesome to be using your gifts to show Jesus to all you are caring for. Many prayers for you both and your kids!


  9. Sending prayers! You two are amazing! I worked beside you during my externship and eventually worked in the office. You have amazing strength and leadership. I am proud to say I know you! Stay safe!


  10. Thanks for the sacrifice we the children in Mattru Jong we join hands and preay for you people God will surely be with you in Jesus name from Anthony Musa


  11. I was so glad to see you on my Facebook page. I always knew you would do great things for our Lord. Praying your requests and safety for my friends. I am thankful for being given the chance to pray for you both.


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