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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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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Jamyleth's Shoebox Journey

For Jamyleth from Ecuador, her Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift was the first thing she ever received for free. The day she opened it, she also accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Now an adult, she trains teachers how to disciple children us

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Graham Family Brings Shoebox Gifts to Kiribati

Through Operation Christmas Child outreach events and The Greatest Journey classes, children on the Pacific island of Tarawa are hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Bryce's Story: Shoebox Starts Transformation

Bryce Pablo received an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox in the Philippines when he was 4 years old. It inspired him to learn more about God and then to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with his family, who gladly received the Gospel.

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Shoeboxes Bring Joy in Botswana

Anitah, a young girl living in Molepolole, Botswana, gives thanks to God for a wonderful day in which she received a shoebox full of gifts and heard about Jesus' love for her at an Operation Christmas Child outreach event.

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Good News Comes to Colombia

Franklin Graham joined an Operation Christmas Child outreach event in Cucuta, Colombia, where many of the children who received gift-filled shoeboxes are living with their families as refugees from Venezuela.

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Shoeboxes Lead to Church Planting in Togo

The arrival of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in Togo, Africa, helped a local pastor lead a community away from spirit worship to following the Lord Jesus Christ. A Bible study began for kids through The Greatest Journey, our discipleship program, then resulted in a church being planted in the area.

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Ernesto's Story: Passing On the Greatest Gift

Ernesto, a troubled young boy living in Mazatlan, Mexico, was excited when he received his very own soccer ball in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. After giving his life to Christ, Ernesto's behavior radically changed. Now, he uses the ball to help share Jesus with his friends.

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Shoebox Fun in Antigua

In late December, Franklin Graham and members of his extended family distributed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts on the island of Antigua.

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Shoeboxes Lead to Church Planting in Mongolia

Enkhjargal, an Operation Christmas Child volunteer in Mongolia, used gift-filled shoeboxes to share the Gospel with families in the remote village of Batnorov and to plant the area's first church there.

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Shoeboxes Jumpstart Church Planting in Mongolia

Tuya uses gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to share the Gospel with families in her remote province and to plant churches where none existed.

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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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At Just the Right Time

Jazmin, 17, says a letter sent to her in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift is what opened her eyes to God's love for her.

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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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Precious Gifts

God inspired Chuka, an Operation Christmas Child prayer coordinator in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to reach out to disabled children with shoebox gifts and the Gospel. Through his outreach, a teen with cerebral palsy named Sampil has received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior-radically changing his life!

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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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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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Shoeboxes Filled with Love Change Lives in Ukraine

God is at work across Ukraine as children participate in Operation Christmas Child and its discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Christian leaders give thanks for the opportunities created by gift-filled shoeboxes.

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Shoebox Gifts Open Doors

In rural Tanzania Pastor Marco Kayumbo is watching God reach Muslim communities through simple shoebox gifts.

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Life Change for Daphne in Bolivia

Daphne received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift in Bolivia and then joined The Greatest Journey discipleship program, where she learned about God's love for her. Daphne is now a Christian and she says it's the "most beautiful thing."

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Reaching Teens for Christ in Ukraine

Teen boys are learning to study the Bible and ride motorbikes in a club in Ukraine. After receiving Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, they are now engaged in The Greatest Journey discipleship course.

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Bahati: Now We Love Jesus

God used the Operation Christmas Child project, including The Greatest Journey discipleship course, to bring a young girl in Tanzania and her mother to faith in Christ.

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Love Grows in Ukraine

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.

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Christmas Comes Early to Myanmar

Franklin Graham and friends joined the Operation Christmas Child National Leadership Team in handing out shoebox gifts to children in Myanmar. This is the first year that such gifts have been distributed in the struggling Asian nation and each one is an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Rain in the Desert in Namibia

In the southern African nation of Namibia, Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and the follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, are helping to quench spiritual thirst. Children and their families are being transformed as they meet Christ and share Him with others.

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Jasmine's Favorite Items

God Hears Our Prayers: Jasmine and other children in the south African nation of Namibia find good news and great joy as they open their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.

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Terry Prayed for a Bible

A Simple Prayer, A Simple Gift: Terry, a young boy in Namibia, prayed for a Bible. The next week he received one within his Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

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Reaching Peru's Hard Places

Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts help our local church partners bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and families in Peru's remote villages and jungles.

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Hope for Cambodia's Children

Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts are bringing good news of God's love to children and their families in this Southeast Asian nation still recovering from genocide and civil war.

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Luis: God's Instrument

Luis from Peru was told that he wouldn't amount to anything, but through an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and The Greatest Journey discipleship program, the Lord transformed his life. Now he's studying to become a missionary and training teachers to disciple other children.

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A Widow's Faith for the Unreached

As Raquel shares the Gospel through Operation Christmas Child, lives are being transformed in Peru's remote, unreached communities.

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Remote Peru Receives the Gospel

An Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution in a hard-to-reach community of Peru leads to a church plant and many children and families hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the first time.

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From Poverty to Parliament and the Pulpit

As a poor child in Grenada, Devon received a shoebox gift, heard the Gospel, and came to faith in Jesus. Devon committed his life to serving God and helping others, first as a senator and now as a pastor.

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Light for Malawi

God is using Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to bring children to Himself in this southeast African country. After they receive the Gospel, girls and boys like Angella and Shukuran are introducing others to Christ. Some also participate in The Greatest Journey, the discipleship program Samaritan's Purse developed for shoebox recipients.

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Worth the Walk

Since 2003, God has used Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and The Greatest Journey to open entire Fijian villages to the Good News. Pastor Waisea walks for hours to bring the love of Jesus to children across his island homeland.

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Moldova: Open for the Gospel

Children across Moldova are experiencing the Good News thanks to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and The Greatest Journey.

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Marina's Story

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.

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A Mother's Prayer

When Luis received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox containing the school supplies he so desperately needed, his mom knew it was an answer to their prayers.

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Operation Christmas Child in Honduras

What happens when children open Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for the first time? See how simple gifts change children’s lives throughout Honduras.

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Uganda: Good News

Simple gifts are opening the hearts of children and communities in Uganda. As a result, new churches are being planted in remote villages, and through The Greatest Journey children are equipped to share the Gospel with others.

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Christmas in Ecuador

Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren, and her husband John Coale attend an Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution! In this Ecuadorian village families make their living in the garbage dump. Watch the joy and hope a simple gift can bring!

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Hope for Iraq

Ongoing Samaritan's Purse relief efforts and Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes bring hope to thousands of Christians and Yazidi families displaced by ISIS.

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Behind the Scenes: Shoeboxes Land in Iraq

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from the US, UK and Canada arrive in Northern Iraq to bring joy to children in refugee camps.

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Behind the Scenes: Shoeboxes for Iraq Airlift

Watch 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes being loaded to fly from Baltimore to Erbil! We can't wait to bring good news and great joy to children displaced by ISIS in Northern Iraq.

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Samaritan's Purse Airlift of Joy

Samaritan's Purse included 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in our latest airlift from Baltimore to Erbil. These special gifts will bring much needed joy to children displaced by ISIS.

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Veronica's Story

With her mother sentenced to 40 years in prison, Veronica faced her first Christmas in an orphanage. At her lowest point, Veronica received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox that renewed her faith in God and family.

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Shoeboxes with Joy

A Filipino woman who received an Operation Christmas Child gift when she was young passes out boxes to children affected by Typhoon Haiyan

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Strengthening Young Faith with Shoeboxes

Meet CJ, a child who found shelter and salvation at a local church during the deadly Typhoon that struck the Philippines in November. Watch as Operation Christmas Child reinforces this young man's faith by sharing God's love with a simple shoebox gift.

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Opening Doors in Papua New Guinea

When Operation Christmas Child started bringing shoe boxes to boys and girls in villages of Papua New Guinea, whole communities and cultures began to change. Watch as children and adults alike are experiencing life-changing growth through Samaritan's Purse programs. For more information, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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Joy in Mongolia

See how Operation Christmas Child takes shoe box gifts to the farthest reaches of the world, to share the message of God's love through the power of a simple gift.

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The Good Sea

God created the ocean and saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10) See how five friends from Madagascar discover God's underwater world with snorkels they received at an Operation Christmas Child distribution.

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Bringing Light to Cameroon

Watch as a simple gift makes a big impact in places where many children have never received a Christmas present before. Operation Christmas Child spreads the love of Christ in Cameroon through shoebox gifts and the follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Entire communities are transformed by the Gospel as young Christians continue to grow in their faith and learn more about Jesus' love and sacrifice for them.

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Adopted: From Prison to Praise

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.

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Finding Meaning Within a Shoebox in Mexico

In many areas of Mexico, often children end up on the streets and even on drugs. Watch as Operation Christmas Child reaches out to these children with love and simple gifts in order to share with them the hope they have in Jesus Christ.

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New Faith in an Ancient Land

Operation Christmas Child helps open new doors to sharing the Gospel to people in Thailand.

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Shoeboxes with Joy

A Filipino woman who received an Operation Christmas Child gift when she was young passes out boxes to children affected by Typhoon Haiyan

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Bringing Light to Cameroon

Watch as a simple gift makes a big impact in places where many children have never received a Christmas present before. Operation Christmas Child spreads the love of Christ in Cameroon through shoebox gifts and the follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Entire communities are transformed by the Gospel as young Christians continue to grow in their faith and learn more about Jesus' love and sacrifice for them.

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Thank You For Packing Shoeboxes For Refugees

Ken Barun from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association takes a moment to thank everyone who packed a shoebox gift this season for Operation Christmas Child. He and his wife traveled to northern Iraq to hand out gifts to refugee children to spread the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

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Lifting Up Lives in Northern Iraq

Syrian refugees fled their homes, leaving all they had behind to save themselves and their families. Samaritan's Purse is on the ground supplying Operation Christmas Child gifts for children, heaters for families, life-saving food and more.

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Airlift of Love to Iraq

Samaritan's Purse is sending 65,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to Syrian children who are displaced in Northern Iraq after fleeing the deadly civil war in their home country.

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Christmas Comes to the Philippines

After the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Operation Christmas Child sent over sixty thousand shoebox gifts to the children of the Philippines to ease their suffering and remind them of God's eternal love.

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Christmas Comes to the Philippines

After the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Operation Christmas Child sent over sixty thousand shoebox gifts to the children of the Philippines to ease their suffering and remind them of God's eternal love.

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A Christmas Airlift

Just in time for Christmas, sixty-five thousand gospel opportunities from Operation Christmas Child landed in the Philippines for children who were victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Dozens of churches around the nation will be giving out these shoebox gifts in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Remembering the Philippines This Christmas

Operation Christmas Child loaded up a 747 with more than 65,000 shoebox gifts for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Watch as Franklin Graham dedicates the gifts as we send them off from JFK Airport.

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A Gift For Prakash

Watch to find out how one little boy's shoe box gift not only changed his life, but his entire family.

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Love Your Neighbor: A Gift of Forgiveness in Rwanda

Meet Alex, a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda who received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift as a child. Watch as he distributes gifts to children in the Rwandan orphanage he grew up in, while also forgiving those who killed his family.

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Operation Christmas Child Reaches Antarctica

Watch as Operation Christmas Child achieves the goal of delivering shoe box gifts to all seven continents when they visit a small village of scientist and military families in Antarctica.

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A Kaleidoscope of Joy: Operation Christmas Child in Dominican Republic

Discover how something so simple has such a big impact on the lives of many as a little girl in the Dominican Republic sees a kaleidoscope for the first time. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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Operation Christmas Child Builds Bridge of Love in Madagascar

Watch as children in Madagascar villages receive the joy and love of Christ through Operation Christmas Child. Help us spread to other villages to help strengthen the futures of these communities. For more information how you can help, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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The Peace of Letting Go: How One Rwandan Forgave

Meet Alex, a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda who received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift as a child. Watch as he walks through the memorial for those killed in the 1994 genocide and talks about how through Jesus, he is able to forgive for those who killed his family and people. http://www.samaritanspurse.org

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Sharing God with a Gift

Alex Nsengimana, a genocide survivor, returns to his orphanage in Rwanda to give out shoebox gifts like the one he received as child. Watch more of his story of how God used a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child to change his life at www.samaritanspurse.org/alex

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Finding Hope with Christmas in Haiti

Watch to find out how one Pastor who lost his family in the Haiti Earthquake still finds hope and the strength to praise God.

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The Republic of Georgia Changed By The Greatest Journey

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.

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Celebrating Christmas in Republic of Georgia

Watch as children in the Republic of Georgia receive shoe box gifts. Operation Christmas Child partners continue to minister to children in need after the distributions through programs like Noah's Ark

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The Greatest Journey Reaches Guyana Children

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.

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Going Great Lengths for Children with Matthew West

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.

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