Stories About the Children

Spreading Good News and Great Joy in Cambodia

Franklin Graham joined local church leaders in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with boys and girls while delivering gift-filled shoeboxes to them at a recent Operation Christmas Child outreach event in Cambodia’s capital. Eight-year-old Votey received a shoebox, making her one of more than 1 million children in Cambodia to receive such a gift [&hellip

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Faithful Servants

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Thousands of Syrian Refugees Receiving Winter Clothing

In the midst of darkness and chaos, Ariya* and her terrified family fled Syria after Turkey’s October incursion along the border. She gave nearly all the money she had so that they could be smuggled into northern Iraq in the back of a truck. “It was very tiring and undignified,” Ariya said. “My children were [&hellip

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They No Longer Call Her Cursed

Editor’s Note: Joni Byker, Country Director for Samaritan’s Purse Liberia, recently visited ELWA hospital where Samaritan’s Purse surgical teams provided corrective surgery to cleft lip/palate patients in Monrovia, Liberia. She wrote this moving account. The work that we are able to do here in Liberia is not without its challenges. Daily we are faced with [&hellip

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A Young Girl Comes to Faith and Family Follows

When Athena was 8 years old, she received a gift-filled shoebox through Operation Christmas Child. Living in an impoverished area of the Philippines, the young girl had never received such a present. Athena began to learn about how much God loves her when she read The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed [&hellip

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An ‘Angel’ Returns Home

When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle in 2018, entire communities were demolished and hundreds of families were displaced from their homes by the Category 5 storm. Tina Belcher, lovingly referred to as “Miss Angel” by those in her community, was one of many struggling to recover in the ensuing chaos. For more than 30 [&hellip

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Idaho Woman Ignites a Passion for Shoebox Ministry in Local Church

Michelle Morgan celebrated her 50th birthday in an unusual way. Instead of cakes, cards, and carefully wrapped presents, she wanted shoeboxes. Fifty of them. And she wanted toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to pack inside of them. Michelle planned to prepare 50 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in need overseas to commemorate her [&hellip

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Convoy Brings Relief to Displaced Syrians in Need

Update (Nov. 29): On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28), Samaritan’s Purse worked with local partners to send a relief convoy of 30 trucks from Iraq into Syria with urgently needed supplies for families displaced by recent violence. The vehicles carried 12,000 blankets; 6,000 sleeping mats; 1,000 Sawyer water filters; 1,500 cooking kits; and 800 tents. In [&hellip

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Restoring Lives After Trafficking

Alesha*, an 18-year-old secondary school student in Uganda, was preparing to graduate when a friend made her a tempting offer. She would pay for Alesha’s plane ticket to Thailand if she would accept a lucrative job to work at a grocery store there. Life in another country sounded exciting to Alesha, and it was a [&hellip

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On the Ground: A Samaritan’s Purse Podcast

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