Twenty-seven percent of Mexico’s 116 million people are 14-years-old or younger. In the 2013-2014 season, 714,358 shoebox gifts from the United States will be delivered to children in Mexico, which first received the gifts in 1995. Since then, 7,444,818 children in Mexico 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 Mexico, these Bible lessons will be offered to 185,000 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
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.