Shoebox gifts collected in the United States in 2015 will be delivered to 80,880 children in the Central African Republic. Praise God that over 516,886 children have received a shoebox since 2005, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.
- The Central African Republic has 5.3 million people and is located in Central Africa
- 40% of the population is 14 years old or younger
Good News. Great Joy.Operation Christmas Child delivers the good news of Jesus Christ to children around the world
Stories From the Central African Republic
The Name of Jesus
Areas of the Central African Republic are seeing significant change in the spiritual landscape. In a local church in Bangui, for example, 33 children gave their lives to Jesus during an Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution and were baptized. Local church leaders report that although people of other faith had once been wary of Christians, now many of them are coming to the church to receive these gifts and hear the Good News of the Gospel.
The Power of Prayer
A local volunteer reported: “A strange thing happened after the shoebox distributions in Bangui. There was a woman who taught The Greatest Journey lessons to the children, who was sick. She spent two weeks without meeting the children because she was very ill, to the point of not moving from her bed. Under the inspiration of God, the children gathered around this woman and prayed. The result is that God answered, and this woman was healed. This was not because of the prayer from pastors or elders in the church, but because of mere children who learned how to pray. Many churches now believe in the value of ministering to children through TGJ. Amen!”
Three different denominations have testified that through the shoeboxes, four new local churches have been established.
Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in the Central African Republic
- Praise God for His protection.
- Praise God for the continued support of the community of Christians as they have prayed for the teams and for the political situation.
The Greatest Journey
Your shoebox is just the first step to transforming a young life for eternity. Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s love. It also presents an opportunity in more than 100 countries for our church partners to invite children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through our follow-up discipleship program. The Greatest Journey is a dynamic approach to discipleship—including 12 engaging Bible lessons—that local trained teachers are using to instruct the next generation of believers on how to become devoted followers of Christ and boldly share their faith with others. Worldwide, 3.8 million children have enrolled in the program since 2009.
This year in the Central African Republic, these Bible lessons will be offered to 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. Over 27,000 children in the Central African Republic have enrolled in this program since it started, and more than 17,000 have graduated.
Will you help us “go and make disciples of all nations” as Christ commanded? Sign up for a monthly gift of $6, and each year you will give 12 children study materials, a New Testament, and the opportunity to learn what it means to devote their lives to sharing the Good News of eternal grace through Jesus Christ.
Watch children’s reactions as they receive their shoebox gifts!
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Beyond the Box
Read more about the work of Samaritan’s Purse in the Central African Republic.