Samaritan's Purse is working to meet basic needs as refugees-many of whom are children-stream from Syria into Iraq.
Andres Almeida realized how much God loved him when he received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox in Ecuador when he was 10. Today, Andres is the senior pastor of a church and works to distribute shoebox gifts to children in need throughout South America.
Celebrate what God has done over the past 10 years through The Greatest Journey, the follow-up discipleship program for those who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, brings Good News and great joy to children around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. But that's not all. Through The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program for shoebox recipients, entire communities are transformed by the Gospel. A great overview video to share with your church or group, available in three different lengths.
Eight-year-old Votey lives in a slum in Cambodia, but says she felt "loved by God" when she received a gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox and was able to celebrate the joy of Christmas.
Miss Angel, who faithfully serves her community in Jesus' Name, gives thanks to God for sending Samaritan's Purse to Chipley, Florida, to rebuild her house after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael.
Josue participated in the first Greatest Journey class in Pifo, Ecuador, 10 years ago after receiving an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox. He committed his life to Christ after learning in the course that Jesus died for his sins.
Team Patriot volunteers from Samaritan's Purse repaired the home of Army veteran Manuel Vega in Woodsboro, Texas, after it was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The team also rebuilt his daughter's house that was destroyed by the storm.
Manny Ma shares his story of how he became a Christian at age 57 while working as a volunteer at an Operation Christmas Child collection center in Boise, Idaho.
Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas, is empowering fourth grade students to make a difference in the lives of children in need around the world by helping to collect 1,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.
Veronica Miranda received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift when she was 13 and lived in an orphanage in Mexico. The gift made her realize how much God loved her. Now, she packs shoeboxes to send to kids in need because she knows that every box matters.
Athena, a young girl in the Philippines, participated in The Greatest Journey after receiving a gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox. She shared the Biblical stories from The Greatest Journey book with her family, which changed their lives and deepened their faith in God.
The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 recently brought winter clothing, water filters, and tarps to Iraq to help Syrians, many of them Kurds, who've been displaced by recent violence.