Thirty-six percent of Honduras’s 8.3 million people are 14-years-old or younger. In the 2012-2013 season, 121,216 shoe box gifts will be delivered to children in Honduras, which first received the gifts in 1996. Since then, 1,830,068 children in Honduras have received a shoe box gift.
Operation Christmas Child offers a follow-up discipleship program to our ministry partners in conjunction with the shoe box gifts. This year in Benin, these Bible lessons will be offered to 11,200 children who receive a shoe box gift. Click here to learn more about The Greatest Journey: http://www.thegreatestjourney.org.
The Greatest Journey begins when children are freely offered Gospel storybooks along with their shoe boxes. The Greatest Gift booklets—printed in over 70 languages—contain colorful illustrations that explain the Good News of Jesus Christ in a simple, engaging style.
After receiving a shoe box gift, boys and girls are invited to participate in the voluntary Bible study course produced by Samaritan’s Purse. The 12-lesson set guides children through a study of who Jesus Christ is, what it means to follow Him, and how to share this exciting message with others.
To help these boys and girls continue to grow in their faith, we also want to provide them with their own copies of the Greatest Gift 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
After an Operation Christmas Child distribution, a pastor from Barrio San Juan Intibuca writes:
“We had 20-25 adults attending our church, but then it increased to 40 people, including adults and children. We now have a Bible study with the new children attending our church. Operation Christmas Child helped us meet families and start discipleship. It encouraged us to start a mission downtown because of the contacts we have after the shoe box gift distributions.”
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to share the Gospel with thousands of children during shoe box distribution events this year.