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.


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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Shoebox Gifts Open Doors

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ecuador Distribution

Share the joy.

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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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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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Operation Christmas Child Touches Nepal

Operation Christmas Child impacts communities far and wide, including hard-to-reach, remote villages. Watch how children in Nepal are blessed by Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey as their lives begin to change for the better. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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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 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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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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