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.
Operation Christmas Child
Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered some 69 million gift-filled shoe boxes to boys and girls in more than 130 countries. A gift to Operation Christmas Child helps cover processing and shipping expenses and allows our teams to share the Good News of God’s love with children and their families.
In 1994, after hearing Franklin Graham speak about an orphaned Rwandan girl singing Jesus Loves Me, his mother Ruth Bell Graham had an idea-- to send little lamb music boxes to children worldwide. That little girl had lost everything, yet she found comfort and hope in knowing Jesus loved her. This season, pick up an OCC musical lamb at your nearest Parable Christian bookstore and help spread the hope! Click here to find a store near you: www.parable.com/store-locator... See MoreSee Less
“From all of my heart I am thanking you for such good presents. I bring up six children alone; my husband left me a couple of years ago. One of my children is an invalid. I do not have enough money to buy everything they want. My son wanted a car for a long time, and he found one in the box. The gifts are very good, thank you very much! Thank you for your help. I am praising God that he is good. Thank you for your kindness.” – Mother of shoebox recipients in Belarus
When you pack a shoebox gift, the children’s lives are not the only ones you touch. We’ve compiled a photo album to show you just a few of the mothers and children whose lives have been impacted by your shoebox gifts!