Forty percent of Cameroon’s 20.5 million people are 14-years-old or younger. In the 2013-2014 season, 115,920 shoebox gifts from the United States will be delivered to children in Cameroon, which first received the gifts in 2001. Since then, 304,789 children in Cameroon have received a shoebox gift.
Children are freely offered Gospel storybooks along with their shoeboxes. The Greatest Gift booklet—printed in over 70 languages—contains colorful illustrations that explain the Good News of Jesus Christ in a simple, engaging style.
Operation Christmas Child offers a voluntary follow-up discipleship program to children who receive a shoebox gift. This year in Cameroon, these Bible lessons will be offered to 22,000 children who receive a shoebox gift.
These 12 lessons guide children through a study of who Jesus Christ is, what it means to follow Him, and how to share this exciting message with others. Click here to learn more about the discipleship program and materials: The Greatest Journey.
To help these boys and girls continue to grow in their faith, we also want to provide them with their own copies of the New Testament. This special edition also includes select Old Testament stories, a dictionary, and a section that encourages the children to memorize Scripture.
Spiritual Impact Stories
“I was not interested in church and the things of God; I was living in an environment where ancient traditions are the rule. But since I received the gifts and The Greatest Gift of All, I realized that God loves me and He sent Jesus to save me. I come now to the church and follow the teachings.” ~Ivanna, shoe box recipient
“I was invited by my friend to participate in the distribution. Since I received the gift, and have read the entire book The Greatest Gift of All, I come to Sunday school. My mother was afraid at first, but now she comes with me to church.” ~Jeanne, shoe box recipient
A local volunteer reported: “In Yaoundé, a Good News club for children was born through an OCC shoe box distribution. The number of children who attend it is so great, that church leaders are considering the possibility of transforming it into a church.”
Beyond the Box
In addition to Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is reaching out to the people of Cameroon with a variety of medical relief programs. To learn more about our work, visit the Cameroon medical page.