God Uses a Shoebox Gift to Transform a Family in the Philippines

October 7, 2019 • Philippines
Bryce Pablo is now a Christ follower and has helped his family come to the Lord as well.

Bryce Pablo and his family are thankful for an Operation Christmas Child shoebox that began their journey to Christ.

Bryce Pablo received a shoebox gift as a 4-year-old. Three years later, he accepted Jesus Christ and led his family to follow the Lord as well!

Bryce Pablo is one of more than 6 million children in the Philippines who have received a gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift.

“When I opened my box, I was happy because I saw toy cars, a toothbrush, and some books,” Bryce said.

Bryce Pablo drawing Operation Christmas Child

Struck by this act of generosity, Bryce’s mother encouraged him to go to church to learn more about God.

Bryce accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 7 years old. He shared the Good News with his parents and brothers, and they, too, made the decision to follow Jesus.

His mother said, “I’m so grateful for the one that packed the shoebox that changed our life.”

Find out more of Bryce’s story by watching the video above.

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.

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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Send a Shoebox: $9 | Send a Carton of 15 Boxes: $135