A Community Changed By A Simple Gift

Samaritan’s Purse photographer Paul Sherar reports from Madagascar, where he visited a village transformed by Operation Christmas Child.

Just over the ridge I could see a billowing cloud of white smoke streaming upward off the hilly, arid region of central Madagascar. The area was so remote that our helicopter pilot had to fly to the closest town on the map and then go 12 miles due north to find it.

As we approached the smoke signal we could see hands waving from the entire community, excited about our arrival. Many had never seen foreigners before, yet alone a helicopter.