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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

The Good News Blossoms in West Africa

Johnjames left his home in Nigeria to serve as a missionary in Gambia, a nearby West African nation, in January 2020. He brought with him his 5-year-old son, Unique, while his wife and newborn son planned to join them a couple months later. Due to the global pandemic, however, those travel plans were thwarted. Undaunted,…

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Operation Christmas Child

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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Operation Christmas Child

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 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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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Is Bringing the Hope of the Gospel to 1,000 Pacific Islands

Rengesuul Yobech sat in the shade of a spacious open-air gymnasium at Peleliu Elementary School in Palau on a sweltering late-February afternoon earlier in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe. The school’s 76 students were assembled there, eager to receive gift-filled shoeboxes at the first Operation Christmas Child festive outreach event to take…

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50 Years of Ministry

Spreading God’s Word Across the World

Many Christians around the globe do not have a Bible. They’ve never had the opportunity to read and study God’s Word on their own. Samaritan’s Purse has always been committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we work to provide both children and adults with copies of Scripture so that they can grow…

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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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Operation Christmas Child

The Greatest Journey Photos

The Greatest Journey These photographs are available for use in coverage of Samaritan's Purse-related stories. If you use a photograph, please credit: “Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.” These photographs are not for commercial use. Details ⋮ NamibiaMore than 112,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox recipients in Namibia have participated in The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program. Download…

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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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