Shoebox gifts collected in the United States in 2015 will be delivered to 161,760 children in Togo. Praise God that over 993,515 children have received a shoebox since 2000, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.
- Togo has 7.5 million people and is located in West Africa
- 41% of the population is 14 years old or younger
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Stories From Togo
A local volunteer distributing boxes to orphans said: “Among the children that I have recently taken in charge was one who was all the time very dirty and naked. I bought him the only clothing he has. The day of the distribution, he was among the children that I gathered. I prayed with them and asked them to pray and ask God to fulfill their needs with the gifts they were about to receive. When he received and opened his box, he found five t-shirts. He was so happy and he called me to come and see! I was so happy that the need of this orphaned small boy was fulfilled through this gift box! What also touched me was that, some days after I distributed the gift boxes, as I was passing in the district, people started asking me when I will come again for my Bible studies. They’ve never shown any interest for these studies before. OCC has met the need of a needy orphan, and has opened the way for the Good News of the Gospel in the heart of unbelievers!”
Another volunteer reported: “A child found a hammer in his shoebox, and showed such joy and gratitude that the distribution team sought to understand why the child was so happy. The child’s father explained that out of all of his children, this one was the only one who was interested in his profession as a carpenter.”
Sharing the Good News
Pastor Fetor helped with distributions at a primary school and orphanage. After the distribution events, the school principal and his staff called the pastor and informed him that the school has a free hour time for the pupils on Friday afternoons. They asked him to come and teach the Good News of the Gospel every week during these times.
Partnering with Prayer
A pastor who helped distribute the Operation Christmas Child gift boxes said: “I distributed the gift boxes in a school. I asked the principal to identify the most needy and handicapped students, and after I shared the gift boxes and the Greatest Gift of All booklets, the principal asked me to be the foster-parent for the school, and to intercede for the teachers and the students because the school was in a spiritual warfare. Spiritual attacks were causing accidents and sicknesses among the children at the school. I have known the principal for years, and he knew that I am a pastor, but he has never asked me such a thing.”
More than 200 students went to his church for fasting and prayer for their exams!
Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Togo
- Pray God’s peace and presence will dwell over the teams.
- Pray He will bless everyone who works with this project and bring the children a deeper knowledge of Christ.
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. Worldwide, 4.7 million children have enrolled in the program since 2009.
This year in Togo, 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. Nearly 35,000 children in Togo have enrolled in this program since it started, and over 30,000 have graduated.
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.
Watch children’s reactions as they receive their shoebox gifts!
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