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.


Josue's Story: First Class

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.

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Andres' Story: God's Love in a Shoebox

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.

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A Gift Multiplies

When an 11-year-old in Botswana named Tsholofelo received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift, it opened her heart to God. She participated in The Greatest Journey discipleship course and now actively shares Bible verses with her friends. As a

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David's Story: A Great Journey

David became a Christian 10 years ago soon after he received a gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox in Pifo, Ecuador, and graduated from the first Greatest Journey class ever taught. Recently, he helped hand out Bibles to students graduating from the 10th anniversary Greatest Journey class in Pifo.

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10 Years of The Greatest Journey

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.

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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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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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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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Mwita Meets the Greatest Friend

Mwita was spending time on the streets with a gang in Tanzania. But when he attended an Operation Christmas Child distribution event and then joined The Greatest Journey, his life was radically changed by Jesus Christ, the Greatest Friend.

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Josiah and Prosper's Graduation Day

Josiah and Prosper, graduates of The Greatest Journey, share what attending the 12-lesson follow-up program has meant for their life in Tanzania.

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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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Good News for the Unreached

Operation Christmas Child and The Seed Company are partnering together for the Gospel. Gift-filled shoeboxes and Bible translation unlock doors for the never-before-reached to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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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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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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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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Partnering Together for the Gospel

Naresh Sarwan is an Operation Christmas Child church mobilization coordinator in Guyana. He is grateful for partnerships that help make it possible for children, families and communities to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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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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Watch a Graduation in Uganda!

Watch Ugandan children graduate from The Greatest Journey! After receiving a shoebox gift, children have the opportunity to enroll in our dynamic, 12-lesson Bible study course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.

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What Is The Greatest Journey?

It may start with a shoebox gift, but it doesn't end there. The Greatest Journey is a follow-up discipleship class that equips the local church to help children learn about Christ's love and share their faith with others.

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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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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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Good News: Danniella's Story

Thanks to The Greatest Journey, Danniella now shares the Good News with other children in her community. Every Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift is an opportunity to touch a child with the love of God, and every Greatest Journey graduate is equipped to share that love with others!

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The Greatest Journey: Christopher's Story

His friends call him Pastor. Since taking The Greatest Journey discipleship program, Christopher’s life has changed completely. He is now excited and empowered to share his faith with children in his community.

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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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A Little Child Shall Lead them

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."

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A Light in The House

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

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Help Children Begin The Greatest Journey

The Greatest Journey is the exciting follow-up discipleship program used by Operation Christmas Child to help children become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

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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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