In the 2013-2014 season, 793,142 gifts from the United States will be delivered to children in South America, which first received the gifts in 1997. Since then, 5,981,170 children on the continent have received a gift-filled shoebox.
For logistical reasons, the shipment containing your shoeboxes needed to be split between several countries. We, therefore, cannot tell you exactly where your box was delivered.
Operation Christmas Child partners work to distribute gifts to needy children throughout South America. Through shoeboxes, churches grow, disciples multiply and doors open for the Gospel. This year, 397,198 children will be offered the opportunity to participate in our discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.
Spiritual Impact Stories
From a Sunday School teacher in Peru: “I give testimony of what God has done in our congregation through Operation Christmas Child…120 children received Christ and eight parents also gave their lives to the Lord who are now receiving discipleship.”
Children Will Lead Them
Living in a Colombian neighborhood with no church, a pastor and his family decided to start a church. They gathered 20 kids and began to talk about God. Before long they had 40 kids and hosted an Operation Christmas Child distribution. The very next week, they started the discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. As the kids grew, they brought their parents too. Twelve weeks later, thirty children graduated while their parents joined in the celebration. By the end of the ceremony, every parent present had accepted Christ. There is now a vibrant, growing church in the neighborhood. The pastor reflects, “[The Greatest Journey] was the key to building our church.”
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children's lives all over the world in Jesus' Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.
“I received a box this year and I was so excited because it was my first time. I was happy because when I opened it there were things inside that were not just for me, there were some that I could share with my nephew. I just hope that you all will put pictures, letters or address so that somehow, we can say thank you to you." - Shannon C., shoebox recipient
“The Learning Station Preschool in Sebring, FL recently collected 25 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! What a great lesson in sharing as well as a great social studies lesson!” - Pam S. ... See MoreSee Less