Children in Botswana Learn About God's Love Through Shoebox Gifts

September 30, 2019 • Botswana

Anitah, a young girl living in the desert region of Botswana, hears the Gospel during an Operation Christmas Child outreach event.

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For children living in Molepolole, Botswana, receiving gifts is rare, so when Anitah attended a church outreach event she wasn’t expecting the wonderful surprise that awaited her.

She experienced God’s love when she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift from a family on the other side of the world. The free gifts in her shoebox were a testament to her family and to her village of God’s grace and the kindness and generosity of His people.

At the event she heard the Gospel and how God demonstrated His love through the free gift of His Son Jesus Christ, whom He sent to die for our sins and rise from the dead.

“At the event we sang songs and we were told about Jesus,” Anitah said. “I was so excited.”

Her favorite toy in her shoebox was a jump rope. Anitah also received The Greatest Gift Gospel Booklet in her own language. This book will teach her more about what it means to follow Jesus Christ and trust Him with her life.

“I am so grateful for my shoebox. I’m so thankful for what Jesus has done.”

You can bless children around the world by prayerfully packing shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. National Collection Week is coming up, Nov. 18-25!

Learn more about how to pack a shoebox.

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Through our Operation Christmas Child project, God has given us unparalleled opportunities to touch the lives of millions of boys and girls in over 150 countries. Many of these children have never received a gift and never heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open shoeboxes filled with gifts from people like you. Some of these gifts are packed by young children or people on fixed incomes who simply cannot afford to include the $7 we request for international shipping and related costs. When you adopt a shoebox, you are partnering with them to deliver their gifts and show God’s love to a precious child.
Operation Christmas Child Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries each year. Many of these children have never before received a present or heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open a gift-filled shoebox from a person like you. A requested donation of $9 per shoebox provides for collection, processing, and shipping, as well as Gospel materials for the child. If you or your church/group are packing multiple shoebox gifts, please consider making your combined donation here. Or, give to cover the cost for those unable to include $9 with their packed shoebox.

Note: If you would like to discover the destination of your shoebox(es), please give instead through our Follow Your Box page.


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