Operation Christmas Child Overview 2017, Full Length

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Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, brings good news and great joy to children around the world. And the work doesn't stop there. Through The Greatest Journey, our discipleship program for those who receive shoeboxes, whole communities are being transformed by the Gospel.


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Running Toward the Fire

In response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—the second most deadly in history—Samaritan's Purse has opened an Ebola Treatment Center staffed by medical professionals. Please pray for the patients and also for our staff as they treat those infected and share with them the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Fighting Ebola in the DRC

Samaritan's Purse is opening an Ebola Treatment Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to fight the second most deadly outbreak of the virus in history. Please pray for those infected and for our staff as they offer physical care and share with patients the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Center Gives Hope to Desperate Venezuelans

Displaced Venezuelans, fleeing economic collapse in their own country, are finding support just over the border at the Center of Hope in Cucuta, Colombia. They are receiving medical care, legal advice, and counseling, as well as hearing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Overcoming Fear with Faith

Samaritan's Purse is actively responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak that is causing grave concern throughout eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We are training local medical personnel how to effectively and safely treat patients, along with pastors who share the Gospel with those infected. We're helping both caregivers and the sick overcome their fear with faith in Jesus Christ.

Responding to Ebola in the Congo

Samaritan's Purse has a team in the Democratic Republic of Congo in response to an Ebola outbreak that has already killed hundreds. We're setting up an Ebola Treatment Center where we will provide top-quality care in Jesus' Name.

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.

Reaping the Harvest in Bolivia

Samaritan's Purse sees Genesis Chapter One lived out during Bolivia's harvest season.

Christmas Eve in Paradise

Franklin Graham traveled to paradise, California on Christmas Eve to encourage residents coming home to a town destroyed by fire.

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.

For Such a Time as This

Pastor Josh Gallagher, who lost his home to the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, believes God recently called him to the area "for such a time as this," to help rebuild his community on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Samaritan's Purse is a part of that vision, coming alongside local congregations to share God's love with hurting homeowners.

Great Joy at the Greta Home

Children at the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti experience the joy of Christmas, along with Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren, and her husband John Coale.

Love Gets it Done

Prayers Prove Powerful in Saipan

Thousands of homes in Saipan and Tinian were ripped apart by Super Typhoon Yutu when it slammed into the two Pacific islands, leaving families without basic necessities like shelter, food, and clean water. Local Christians prayed to God for relief. Samaritan's Purse responded by airlifting 80 tons of critical supplies, letting the hurting people there know that God loved them and had not forgotten them.

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.

Caring for the Least of These

As a physician in the Samaritan's Purse Post-Residency Program, Dr. Jonny Shaw cared for patients at Kenya's Tenwek Hospital. The program is ideal for Christian doctors who are considering medical missions.

Restoring Hope After Hurricane Michael

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers brought relief to devastated homeowners in Panama City, Florida, by tarping their roofs, cleaning out debris, and listening to their stories. But the destruction is so vast, more volunteers are needed. Will you please consider using your gifts to help those in need?

Finding Closure in California

Following the devastating Camp Fire that reduced a couple’s house to ashes, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers sifted through the debris to find valuables and help the homeowners get closure.

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.