Shoebox gifts collected in the United States in 2014 will be delivered to 241,920 children in Peru. Praise God that over 1,891,300 children have received a shoebox since 1996, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.
- Peru has 30.1 million people and is located in western South America
- 27% of the population is 14 years old or younger
Stories From Peru
Now I Know
A local pastor reported: “Six months ago, Yoner’s mother passed away because of lung cancer. We were praying for her and helping her because she was separated from her husband. She gave her life to Christ, then died a month later. It was hard for Yoner to let her go because he was left behind without his mother’s love. We organized a Vacation Bible School and invited him to our church. I had a special relationship with him. I told him about God’s love, and how He suffered and gave His life for us to give us salvation and eternal life. At that moment, he decided to accept Jesus. After praying, he was more encouraged. When he received his shoebox, he had joy and thanksgiving. He came to me and told me: ‘Thank you, pastor, for this big gift so beautiful. Now I know God loves me. I’ll keep on coming to Sunday school, and I’ll bring my siblings.’”
Restoring the Church
A local pastor reported: “I’m amazed and thankful to God for the answer to our prayers. Our church split, leaving a small group of people to continue the work the Lord entrusted to us. Even though we only had one teacher, an assistant teacher, and 12 children in our Sunday school, we still participated in the OCC shoebox program. First of all, we invited the children from the community. Later on, a group of youth decided to be part of the program as teachers. Then, we organized the event and 214 children attended the church, where all of them accepted Christ and were blessed with the shoeboxes. Currently, more than 100 children are attending the church and 55 are studying The Greatest Journey lessons. Also, more parents have joined the church.”
An Eternal Impact
“My name is Tomas, and I am 9-years-old. My mom was sick and weak. I didn’t attend church because my mom didn’t let me. One day, there were classes starting in the church school. I was excited to see so many children, so I went there without my mom’s knowledge. I liked it a lot because they were doing crafts and I learned the story of David. I went to classes all week, and I received Jesus in my heart. The pastor asked me to go to church that Sunday and to bring my mom. There, my mom heard about God and accepted Christ. I saw her very happy and smiling for the first time in a long time. I was happy for her and for my gift box. A week after the classes my mom passed away, but I know that God took her. She suffered a lot and was always crying when she went to the hospital. I was told her illness was very painful. I know she is in heaven. The pastor said she received Jesus on time, and she is saved! I know I’ll see again her someday.”
Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Peru
- Praise God for the opportunity to reach out to the children living in the remotest places in Peru.
- Pray for the new regions that are involved in OCC.
The Greatest Journey
Your shoebox is just the first step to transforming a young life for eternity. Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s love. It also presents an opportunity in more than 100 countries for our church partners to invite children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through our follow-up discipleship program. The Greatest Journey is a dynamic approach to discipleship—including 12 engaging Bible lessons—that local trained teachers are using to instruct the next generation of believers on how to become devoted followers of Christ and boldly share their faith with others.
This year in Peru, these Bible lessons will be offered to 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.
Will you help us “go and make disciples of all nations” as Christ commanded? Sign up for a monthly gift of $6, and each year you will give 12 children study materials, a New Testament, and the opportunity to learn what it means to devote their lives to sharing the Good News of eternal grace through Jesus Christ.
To set up a recurring monthly gift—providing 12 children a year with the opportunity to become faithful followers of Christ—go to samaritanspurse.org/TGJ.
Watch children’s reactions as they receive their shoebox gifts!
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