Operation Christmas Child delivers shoeboxes all over the world to not only provide tangible gifts but to provide the gift of knowing Jesus Christ. They unashamedly share the gospel with these kids and do their best to connect them to a local church and hopefully lead them in a discipleship program beyond that. Since 2009, more than 26.5 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12 lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family. It is incredible!
Here is a little bit about Operation Christmas Child in case you haven’t heard of the ministry:
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has been sending shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, to boys and girls around the world every year since 1993. Now, more than 178 million children in over 160 countries and territories have received a shoebox! These simple gifts -and their follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey- are powerful tools to share the Gospel with millions of people around the world.
Now, if you don’t want to or can’t make it to the store to grab the items for a shoebox and pack it up to deliver, you can also just build your shoebox online and Samaritan’s Ministries will pack your shoebox and make sure it is delivered for you! This year I want to especially focus on this option because it is SO easy!