So Much More than Sand and Surf

August 28, 2015 • Fiji

God is using Operation Christmas Child to draw Fiji's young people to Himself.

Fiji’s beauty extends beyond its turquoise waters and stunning waterfalls. Its most precious resource is its more than 900,000 people. Though predominantly Christian in name, the nation is only 19 percent evangelical. Great spiritual need exists, but God is at work.

He is using Samaritan’s Purse and our project, Operation Christmas Child, to transform Fijian villages with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Churches are being planted—all starting from a simple shoebox gift.

Children in Fiji are learning to follow Christ through our Bible-based curriculum, The Greatest Journey.

Children in Fiji are learning to follow Christ through our Bible-based curriculum, The Greatest Journey.

Shayal received a gift-filled shoebox as a teenager in her Hindu village of Vunika. She accepted the invitation to participate in The Greatest Journey, the follow-up discipleship course for children who receive shoebox gifts, and soon accepted Christ as her Savior. Her class began to grow to include parents and siblings until a church opened in the village for the very first time. Shayal brought her mother and brother to this church where they also became believers. Today she is sharing Christ boldly with her friends at school. She said, “My duty as a child of God is to save lives.”

Three times a week, Pastor “Waisea” Liwaiono walks up to 10 miles one way to villages like Shayal’s to teach The Greatest Journey.

He said, “Operation Christmas Child has taken me into rural areas where people haven’t heard the Gospel. We’re talking about Hindus. We’re talking about Muslims. Operation Christmas Child has begun building up churches in these communities.”

After The Greatest Journey started under a mango tree in the Muslim and Hindu community of Laduna, the class began to grow so much that Pastor Waisea said, “I couldn’t stop it.”   As a result of investing in these children, today a church of 100 meets under a shelter for worship every week.

“Operation Christmas Child has taken me into rural areas where people haven’t heard the Gospel.”

The villages of Vunika and Laduna are just two examples of where God has planted churches through Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey. Please pray with us that God will continue to grow His Church through these Samaritan’s Purse projects.

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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.
Adopt 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.

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Adopt A Shoebox: $7 | Adopt A Carton of 15 Boxes: $105
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