Discipleship, Education & Training
Learning how to read and write or acquiring a trade or skill is invaluable for children and adults struggling to break the cycle of poverty caused by a lack of resources, access, and opportunity. Samaritan’s Purse is working to teach not only literacy and trades, but also to bring people to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through programs that share the Gospel and help believers grow in their faith.
Samaritan’s Purse is helping people in South Sudan learn to read and write in their own language through our Bible literacy program, so they can understand the Scriptures for themselves.
Samaritan's Purse sponsored Luong Xuan Trung to take culinary classes at Hoa Sua Vocational School in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thanks in part to the training he received there, the once homeless young man now runs his own bakery.
In a Roma village in Ukraine where jobs are scarce and many children are uneducated, God is using Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey in powerful ways. Boys and girls are learning to read, experiencing the love of God, and discovering how to faithfully follow Him.
Jessica and Innocent, two children of an alcoholic mother, lived a rough life in Babylon, a neighborhood outside Namibia's capital. A praying neighbor saw the pain of the community's children and, using The Greatest Journey by Operation Christmas Child, shared the Gospel with Jessica and Innocent who then led their mother to faith in Christ too.
Children at the academy in Haiti receive presents and participate in festivities with Mama Greta and Papa John.
As Pastor Teodoro Quispe began seeking to reach Chota, Peru with the Gospel, he gave Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to children and taught The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program. Now children reached for Christ by these projects are reaching others.
He was abandoned by his mother while recovering from illness. Like many children at the Greta Home and Academy, Christopher didn't know God's love in his life. Since being at the Greta Home his life has changed. See his story and what Christopher hopes to be when he grows up.
Viorica lives in Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe. Her parents fought constantly. She felt useless. When a friend invited her to church, Viorica received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child that began her journey to finding hope and purpose in Christ.
Experience the impact The Greatest Journey is having on children after they receive their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Meet one girl from Cameroon whose entire life has been transformed since learning about the love of Jesus Christ. http://www.samaritanspurse.org
Behind the giggles and songs of Andrea and her siblings, there is a darkness that dwells in her home. The darkness of addiction, abuse and despair is an unwelcome inhabitant there. Watch this video and find out why Andrea says, "Now I can face life and the challenges it brings me in the way that David from the Bible did against Goliath."
After her mother died, 16-year-old Marina became her grandmother's sole caregiver and was quickly overwhelmed. But an Operation Christmas Child shoebox connected Marina to her local church. There she discovered the love of God and the support Marina and her grandmother so desperately needed.
Samaritan's Purse-supported schools in Vietnam provide an education for children who would otherwise be at risk for exploitation. Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren spent time encouraging staff and students at these schools during their recent trip to Southeast Asia.
Every day thousands of Cambodians cross the border into Thailand looking for work. 25% will be exploited--falling prey to labor and sex trafficking. Poverty and debt is usually the first step in luring victims into slavery. Samaritan's Purse is working in 82 border communities. Our programs teach safe migration practices and equip villagers with livelihood projects allowing them to stay with their families.
Children in the Republic of Georgia have witnessed many terrible things as their country faces times of war. With The Greatest Journey, children's lives are changing as they learn about the love of Jesus Christ and the hope that comes with salvation.
Join Cissie Graham Lynch as she experiences firsthand the work The Greatest Journey is doing in the lives of children in Guyana, South America. Worldwide, over 1 million children are on The Greatest Journey right now, learning about Jesus and memorizing scripture. For $6 you can send one more.
Watch how The Greatest Journey is helping Kenyan children not only accepting Christ into their lives, but be raised up to make a better and brighter future for Kenya. For more information on how you can get involved in The Greatest Journey, visit http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.
In remote communities where modern medicine is limited by distance and transportation, disease and death can be all too present. It's a tragic situation, especially when many of these diseases are preventable and treatable. With the new Village Samaritan Program starting in Honduras, Samaritan's Purse is medically training long-term community members in these villages to administer healthcare to their people.
Christianity is fairly new in Mongolia, so it is even more important for strong Christians to be raised up in the area. Watch how the Greatest Journey has impacted the lives of many Mongolian children, teaching them to love and live for the Lord.
Only God can do this kind of change. Seven-year-old Hilario was living on the streets in Guadalajara, addicted to drugs. Years later, he threatened the life of a local minister who came to the prison to share the Gospel. In an unexpected turn of events, The Lord completely changed Hilario's heart and used him to bless a young orphan named Veronica. Watch to see how Hilario and Veronica gained the family they never had.
Meet Luis. He was a rebel with no future before him, but after receiving his shoe box through Operation Christmas Child and then graduating from The Greatest Journey discipleship program, his entire life has been changed. Find out more at htpp://www.thegreatestjourney.org.
Singer-songwriter, Matthew West, joined Samaritan's Purse to hand deliver Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to children in the most remote of villages. Watch as Matthew West discovers the amazing work being done in the lives of children though Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey in the name of Christ. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.
Watch to find out how the Greatest Journey is changing the lives of children all over the world through a 12-week discipleship class. Discover how you can help us spread the word of God through this program by visiting http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.
Watch Christian musical group, BarlowGirl, reflect on their time in Belize where they helped distribute Operation Christmas Child gifts while also experiencing firsthand the impact The Greatest Journey program has on the local children's lives. To find out how you can help like BarlowGirl, visit http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.