Thirty-six percent of Honduras’s 8.4 million people are 14-years-old or younger. In the 2013-2014 season, 146,832 shoebox gifts from the United States will be delivered to children in Honduras, which first received the gifts in 1996. Since then, 1,947,506 children in Honduras 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 Honduras, these Bible lessons will be offered to 55,000 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
After an Operation Christmas Child distribution, a pastor from Barrio San Juan Intibuca wrote:
“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.”
Beyond the Box
In addition to Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is reaching out to the people of Honduras with a variety of programs. To learn more about our work, visit the Honduras donation page.