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Operation Christmas Child

A Young Girl Comes to Faith and Family Follows

When Athena was 8 years old, she received a gift-filled shoebox through Operation Christmas Child. Living in an impoverished area of the Philippines, the young girl had never received such a present. Athena began to learn about how much God loves her when she read The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed…

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Operation Christmas Child 2019 Special Report Botswana Story

Special Report A Project of Samaritan's Purse Life-giving Lessons in Botswana Through The Greatest Journey discipleship program, children and families in Botswana are experiencing the power of the Gospel. Banyana saw the young girl playing along the dusty road in Molepolole, a city just a couple hours west of Botswana's capital Gaborone. Banyana rolled down…

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Shoebox Gift Distribution Brings New Life, New Ministry in Ecuador

Jamyleth’s life changed for good when she was an 8-year-old girl living on a farm in Riobamba, Ecuador. It was then she received a gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox. “I was very excited,” Jamyleth, now 22, recalls. “I had received presents from my parents before, but nothing like the shoebox. My favorite thing in the…

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Edward Graham Joins Celebration for New Church in the Mountains of Mexico

La Laguna village in remote Mexico, home to the Nahuatl people, was once unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No one in the mountain community had ever heard the name of Jesus. No one had ever been told that God loves them or how they could have a personal relationship with the Living Savior.…

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Operation Christmas Child

The Greatest Journey in the U.S.

Take Their Journey Millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries around the world are participating in The Greatest Journey—our follow-up discipleship program for children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Now, children in the U.S. can go through these same 12 discipleship lessons. Your church or group can order these materials…

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Operation Christmas Child

The Greatest Journey

The Greatest Journey Discipleship Program Monthly Gift Single Gift Sending Good News and Great Joy Discover how Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts lead to evangelism, discipleship, and the multiplication of believers and churches. Paola from Peru “I want every child to know there is a God who loves them.” Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan’s Purse The Greatest Journey…

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Operation Christmas Child

The Greatest Journey Transforms a Village in the Philippines

Bibit is excited to know more about God. Because she never learned to read, she listens intently as her seventh-grade daughter Mylin reads the Bible to her. Not that long ago, Bibit would never have been interested in hearing God’s Word. But that changed when Mylin began following the Lord. “I was surprised,” Bibit said,…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

The Next Generation of The Greatest Journey

Graduation season is a special time in the United States, with millions of young people crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. But there are more than 800,000 children in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who need your help to receive a higher education that will send them on the path to eternal life. These boys…

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The Greatest Journey Equips Teachers to Reach Children with the Gospel

Teaching is difficult in Guyana. Educators often lack basic supplies, training, and support. But that is beginning to change thanks to The Greatest Journey and Operation Christmas Child. In Linden, an interior mining town, a group of men and women gather to learn about how to teach The Greatest Journey, a post-shoebox 12-lesson Bible study…

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Operation Christmas Child

A Church, a Child, a Teacher: Transformed by The Greatest Journey

“Is it OK if I sing it?” Edith could hardly wait for a response before the praise song spilled out. The 17-year-old sang a song based on John 14:1 that is a favorite for children in her Sunday school class in Zambia. Edith finds singing is a good way to help the children learn Bible…

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