Twenty-seven percent of Mongolia’s 3.2 million people are 14-years-old or younger. In the 2012-2013 season, 75,760 shoe box gifts will be delivered to children in Mongolia, which first received the gifts in 1996. Since then, 264,674 children in Mongolia have received a shoe box gift.
Spiritual Impact Stories
Is Jesus Home?
In Hovsgol a new Sunday school was started as a result of Operation Christmas Child distributions in the region. In Bayanhongor, where the most active volunteer team is located, three churches were planted in conjunction with OCC outreaches.
Local volunteers tell of a boy from a nomadic family living in the countryside outside of Darhan. By happenstance, he was in town when an OCC distribution was taking place and received a shoe box gift. He was so grateful that, afterward, he went to the address of the church and knocked on the door. He asked the pastor if Jesus was there because he wanted to thank him for the gift. As he understood from the Gospel program, Jesus had given him the gift. The pastor was able to gently explain to the boy for some time about the shoe box gift and about the love of Christ. The boy returned back to his family, but the seed continued to grow as the boy told his family all that had happened. The family has moved into the town recently and taken up residence, and they are now regularly attending that same church. OCC is truly having an impact on children in Mongolia as well as entire families.
A Big Change
A local pastor reported: “In Sunday school in our church, there is a boy named Erdenebayar. He got a shoe box and attended The Greatest Journey lessons in the church. God blessed our class and there was a warm atmosphere where the children shared their hearts freely. So when I asked about his life, the boy cried and shared his burden about his family. His parents are divorced. We started praying. I called his mom and shared about Jesus. She became a Christian and gradually the family united again. There was a big change because of a child’s prayer. Praise the Lord!”
Learning to Serve
A teacher reported: “After the shoe box gifts and during The Greatest Journey lessons, my class was involved in a ‘good deed’ project organized by the school. We visited three families where old and handicapped people live. We helped them cut wood, bring water from the well and clean their houses. The families were so happy. Also, the children were very encouraged to be a part of this project. They understood God’s love deeply, and the importance of helping others.”
Pray for spiritual fruit as The Greatest Journey lessons begin in Mongolia.
Pray for wisdom as the volunteers seek to train new ministry partners in several regions inside Mongolia that have never received OCC shoebox gifts.
Beyond the Box
In addition to Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is reaching out to the people of Mongolia with a variety of relief and development programs. To learn more about our work, visit the Mongolia country page.