Shoebox gifts collected in the United States in 2014 will be delivered to 540,288 children in Ukraine. Over 7,075,360 children have received a shoebox since 1995, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.
- Ukraine has 44.2 million people and is located in Eastern Europe
- 14% of the population is 14 years old or younger
Stories from Ukraine
“My name is Anna, and I am 9. In my life miracles just do not happen always. I live with my mom, and I don’t have a dad. That’s why I don’t always have what I want. My mom has to work a lot, though it’s hard to find a job in the place where we live. To sell fish in the marketplace is the only option. Very often my mom is not at home. That’s why I spend my days as I like and where I like. And once – I think it was during the school break, there were some people – men and women who came to me to bring me a gift. I was very surprised. My first thought was that it’s not for me, but they confirmed that it was mine. So, thank you everybody – I don’t know who you are and how you happen to know me that you’ve brought me a gift. I am very glad, and I tell everyone – just believe – the miracles come true! I am sure about it. Then those people told me that God has concern for me, and He will not leave me and my mom alone if we would come to Him in prayer.”
A local volunteer said: “Some of the gifts were given to the children of my friends who are very poor. The grandmother is bringing up these two children because their parents are alcoholics. And last year this family went through a tragedy – their other boy died. These kids are deprived of parental love and care, and they were so glad to receive the gifts. They were impressed that somewhere in the world there are people with kind and generous hearts who could make these wonderful gifts for them. The girl got some good toys, clothes, and some hair accessories, while the boy got some good stationery and hygiene stuff. I want to thank from my whole heart on behalf of these children to all people with a big heart who are taking part in this ministry with Samaritan’s Purse. And I want to say – keep going, don’t give up when you do good! May God bless you!”
Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Ukraine
Pray for the distributions. Pray that each box will touch the heart of a child with the Gospel.
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 Ukraine, 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.
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