Operation Christmas Child

Since 1993, more than 168 million boys and girls in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Operation Christmas Child Overview 2019, Full Length

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.

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Operation Christmas Child Overview 2019, 60 Seconds

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.

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Operation Christmas Child Overview 2019, 3 Minutes

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.

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Operation Christmas Child in 90 Seconds: For Church Promotions

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need around the world. Each shoebox represents an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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The Global Impact of Operation Christmas Child

Children, families, churches, and communities are changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ as shoebox gifts are packed in love and distributed around the world.

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The Journey of a Shoebox: From Packing and Processing to Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication

An immersive and compelling journey through multifaceted ministry of Operation Christmas Child.

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Project Leader 101

Your guide on how to lead the collection of Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for your church or group. Project leader 101 details how to plan, get the word out, then collect and celebrate. Project Leader 201 shares tips and frequently asked Project Leader questions. Watch both videos at samaritanspurse.org/occprojectleader

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Project Leader 201

A more in-depth look at tips and frequently asked questions as you lead the collection of Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for your church or group. Project leader 101 details how to plan, get the word out, then collect and celebrate. Project Leader 201 provides a more in-depth look at the most commonly asked questions such as: "What size shoebox should people use?" and "Which countries are considered hard-to-reach?" Watch both videos at samaritanspurse.org/occprojectleader

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What Is The Greatest Journey?

A shoebox gift is only the beginning! After children receive a shoebox, many have the opportunity to participate in The Greatest Journey, our fun and engaging discipleship program that teaches them about God's love and how to share it with others.

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Taking the Gospel to the Unreached

Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts create unique opportunities to share God's love with children living in remote communities across the world that have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Love Letter from the Father

Gifts given through Operation Christmas Child extend God's loving invitation to children around the world.

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How to Pack a Shoebox - Full

Watch and find out how to prayerfully pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a boy or girl in need. It's easy to do and each gift-filled box is a Gospel opportunity.

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What Can and Cannot Be Packed?

Ever wonder what belongs in a shoebox? Catch this quick rundown of what goes, what doesn't, and where you can find a list of gift suggestions organized by age and gender to get you started in the right direction.

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Fueling the Journey (Why $9?)

A $9 donation per shoebox gift is critical to cover shipping and other costs to collect, process, and deliver boxes to children through Operation Christmas Child. Your donation also provides The Greatest Gift Gospel booklet and Ministry Partner Guide.

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Kwale's Answered Prayer

Kwale and his mother were praying that God would provide new shoes for him, so he could return to school. God used an Operation Christmas Child shoebox-with a new pair of shoes that fit Kwale-to answer that prayer. The shoes, however, were just the beginning of the blessings that the Lord had in store for Kwale and his family.

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Kevin's Story: The Gift of New Life

Through an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and The Greatest Journey discipleship program, God opened the hearts of Kevin and his family to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Josephine's Story: Made in His Image

Samaritan's Purse recently delivered gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to the Village of Light School for the Blind in Togo, West Africa. Josephine, 12, was one student encouraged by a shoebox gift and, along with her classmates, took part in The Greatest Journey.

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Mariya's Story: From Mess to Masterpiece

Mariya, an aspiring artist in Ukraine, needed basic art supplies to continue pursuing her creative talents, but her parents were unable to afford them. So, she prayed. And her prayers were answered with the arrival of a simple shoebox.

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Evangeline's Story

Evangeline Franzon grew up poor in the Philippines. As a girl, she received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox. It was the first gift she had ever received and made her realize that she was loved. Now, she lives in the U.S. and packs shoesboxes with her family for kids in need around the world.

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Septime's Story

Septime Emmanuel Sessou received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift in Benin, West Africa, as a boy. It planted a seed of faith in his heart that eventually blossomed into a dynamic relationship with God.

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Alyona's Story

After losing her parents and sister by the age of 10, Alyona Eakes moved to an orphanage in Ukraine where she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. She described it as a "chest of gold" because everything smelled new and it contained a stuffed lamb which she loved. "The shoebox gave me a little extra hope," she said.

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Shoeboxes Surprise Venezuelan Children in Colombia

Thousands of Venezuelan children displaced into Colombia are hearing about God's love for them as they receive gift-filled shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child.

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Compelled to Reach Mexico's Highlands

Pastor Jose Benitez is bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the children and families of Mexico's mountains through Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey.

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The Journey of a Shoebox, Animated

Every shoebox gift goes on an amazing journey from the person who packed it to a child in need overseas. After receiving this tangible expression of God's love, the boy or girl is invited to participate in The Greatest Journey discipleship course.

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Dania's Story: The Power of Prayer

God used a simple Operation Christmas Child shoebox to show His love to Dania, a girl living in severe poverty in the Middle East, and answer her family's prayer for a much-needed item.

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Purses with Purpose

Alathia, a 14-year-old girl in Fort Worth, Texas, set out to crochet 2,000 purses in one year for Operation Christmas Child and, with help from family, friends, and churches, she met her goal.

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