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Operation Christmas Child 2019 Special Report

⋮ × To the Ends of the Earth Island Nations Receive the Gospel A Family Transformed Making Disciples The Greatest Journey Church Planting Full Circle Answered Prayers Volunteers Thank You Special Report A Project of Samaritan's Purse “Every box is an opportunity to reach a child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”—Franklin GrahamPresident, Samaritan's Purse Bahamas Liberia Moldova…

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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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Friendly Competition in Oklahoma Multiplies the Impact of Operation Christmas Child Around the World

Oklahoma youngsters Ava and Sam hold a friendly competition each year to see who can pack the most Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes. But, win or lose, their real goal is the same—to see kids all over the world come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Ava and Sam love to pack…

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Festive Light Show Supports Operation Christmas Child

Doug Chester and his family in Granite Falls, North Carolina, bring Christmas joy to their community each year through a festive light show on their property. When people started to give money to help with the display, Doug decided that he wanted the donations to go to Operation Christmas Child. So, he created a cheerful,…

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Shoeboxes Launch Outreach to Children in Western Mexico

Jesús was in trouble and he was afraid. He tried to hide from the police, knowing prison—and separation from his wife and children—awaited him. When the police caught Jesús, he was sentenced to seven years in jail in Mazatlan, Mexico. “My life was sad. I felt defeated,” he said. In prison, Jesús met Pastor Carlos,…

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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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Passing the Shoebox Baton: Meet a National Team Coordinator

The millions of shoebox gifts packed in 2020 are currently being processed for overseas shipment and will soon be on their way to National Leadership Teams around the globe. These volunteer teams work together with local churches to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children through the distribution of your prayerfully packed shoebox gifts.…

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Lighting His Way to Jesus

Kululu Atsiaya often felt forgotten, especially at Christmas. He knew his family loved him, but life was hard for the boy growing up in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. He had heard stories of people receiving gifts, but he had never experienced it or known anyone who had. Most families in his neighborhood struggled to…

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From Wyoming to the World with Love

Jana Ginter lives on the southeastern plains of Wyoming, 30 miles east of Cheyenne, a place where golden wheat fields stretch in almost every direction to the far distant horizon and where acres of sunflowers glow in the late-summer sun. Here, “next-door” neighbors live several miles apart, separated by spacious farms and cattle ranches, most…

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Missouri Churches Send Shoebox Gifts Off with Prayer

The farming community of Belle, Missouri, has a population of just 1,300 people, but on Sunday, they accomplished much through prayer. At their 23rd annual Operation Christmas Child dedication service at First Baptist Church, 120 people from more than 25 different churches gathered to commit 1,744 shoebox gifts to God’s purposes around the globe. Each…

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