Twenty-eight percent of Mexico’s 115 million people are 14-years-old or younger. In the 2012-2013 season, 681,836 shoe box gifts will be delivered to children in Mexico, which first received the gifts in 1995. Since then, 6,737,628 children in Mexico 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 Mexico, these Bible lessons will be offered to 145,600 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
A local volunteer reported: “Dalila, an 8-year-old girl, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her left eye. The doctors told her parents about the need for surgery to stop the tumor and reduce the effects of this illness. The girl was invited to a shoe box distribution by a boy from the church. She attended with her parents and listened to God’s Word. All of them responded to the calling to receive Christ in their hearts. We prayed for the girl, asking God to heal her. When the parents took the girl to the specialist to perform the studies necessaries before the surgery, the tumor had disappeared and nobody knew what had happened. The parents said it was a miracle from God. We give all the Glory to Jesus!”
How Great is God’s Love
A local volunteer reported: “Esmeralda is 6-years-old. She accepted the invitation to the shoe box distribution and, for the first time, she heard the story of Jesus as the “Greatest Gift” that we can receive, and learned about the love of God. Then, we prayed for her and for other children who were also invited. Since that day, she’s been attending the church. The little we know about Esmeralda is that she was born to a drug addict mother, who left her with her grandmother. She lives in extreme poverty. The worst part is that, six months ago, she was abused by her uncle. We thank God for using this amazing ministry to show this little one a different kind of life, and how great God’s love is.”
A local volunteer reported: “Eduardo, an 11-year-old boy, was invited to a shoe box distribution by his friend. He shared that he was very sad because his parents had a fight and they didn’t live together anymore. He asked for prayer for his father to come back because he missed him. Eduardo attended the event and received Jesus in his heart. Several weeks later, he happily told us that his father had come back and that everything was going better. He is very thankful for what God has done in his family, and he now attends The Greatest Journey lessons.
Please pray with us for strength and wisdom for our volunteer National Leadership Team to carry out plans made for the upcoming OCC season.
Please pray with us for the urgent need for Christian people to stand for the country of Mexico in the midst of violence, poverty, confusion, natural disasters and political conflicts that continue to increase each year.
Beyond the Box
In addition to Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is reaching out to the people of Mexico with a variety of relief and development programs. To learn more about our work, visit theMexico country page.