Operation Christmas Child Leads to Salvation, Reconciliation

September 26, 2017 • Papua New Guinea
Children in Papua New Guinea are thrilled to receive shoebox gifts.
Jeffery Zongizia is the Operation Christmas Child national discipleship coordinator in Papua New Guinea.

We had an Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution in a community in Papua New Guinea’s capital city. A little girl attended the event hoping to receive school supplies in her shoebox. She comes from a poor family and her parents cannot afford to buy her pens, pencils, or notebooks. The young girl had prayed and asked God for these items.

When she opened the box, she saw everything she had prayed for. She was in tears. “I really wanted these educational things for school,” she said. “My parents don’t have any money.”

We shared the Gospel during the distribution and she was again moved to tears. We invited her to attend The Greatest Journey discipleship classes, and during this time she received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Her parents started coming to church and they also received Jesus.

During another distribution, children attended from two tribes that had been fighting for quite a while. Parents from these two tribes also attended. God really moved, because the outreach event brought reconciliation between the two tribes. The chiefs reconciled and said that they must raise their children in a godly manner. The children also participated in The Greatest Journey.

God used Operation Christmas Child to bring peace. These villages are no longer fighting against each other but are experiencing God’s peace and love.

To God be the glory!

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