The hard work throughout the year pays off when children around the world experience Christmas joy.

Shoebox gifts collected in 2018 will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of children in Cameroon. Praise God that 1,063,430 children have received a shoebox since 2001, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.

  • Cameroon has 25 million people and is located in Central Africa
  • 43% of the population is 14 years old or younger

Good News. Great Joy.

Operation Christmas Child delivers the good news of Jesus Christ to children around the world

Stories From Cameroon

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New Realization
“I was not interested in church and the things of God; I was living in an environment where ancient traditions are the rule. But since I received the gifts and The Greatest Gift of All, I realized that God loves me, and He sent Jesus to save me. I come now to the church and follow the teachings.” – Ivanna, shoebox recipient

Changing Lives
“I was invited by my friend to participate in the distribution. Since I received the gift, and have read the entire book The Greatest Gift of All, I come to Sunday school. My mother was afraid at first, but now she comes with me to church.” – Jeanne, shoebox recipient

Good News
A local volunteer reported: “In Yaoundé, a Good News club for children was born through an OCC shoebox distribution. The number of children who attend it is so great that church leaders are considering the possibility of transforming it into a church.”

The Gift of Evangelism
A Samaritan’s Purse staff photographer traveled to Cameroon to document shoebox distributions and show how The Greatest Journey is changing the lives of children. While there, he met Awa, a student who had just completed all of The Greatest Journey classes and is now using the skills he learned during the class to teach others about Jesus Christ. The photographer writes, “This is Awa, my Cameroon hero. He is a 14-year-old lover of Jesus who has the gift of evangelism. He was exhorting this man who is struggling in his faith. I saw it unfold—from a group of five down to this single conversation.”

Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Cameroon

  • Praise God for the ministry partners and their support of OCC. Pray the ministry partners fully understand their role and continue to engage in OCC.
  • Praise God for the peace in Cameroon.

The Greatest Journey

Your shoebox is just the first step to transforming a young life for eternity. Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s love. It also presents an opportunity in more than 100 countries for our church partners to invite children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through our follow-up discipleship program. The Greatest Journey is a dynamic approach to discipleship—including 12 engaging Bible lessons—that local trained teachers are using to instruct the next generation of believers on how to become devoted followers of Christ and boldly share their faith with others. Worldwide, 14.9 million children have enrolled in the program since 2009.

These 12 lessons guide children through a study of who Jesus Christ is, what it means to follow Him, and how to share this exciting message with others. Over 348,000 children in Cameroon have enrolled in this program, and more than 227,000 have graduated.

Will you help us “go and make disciples of all nations” as Christ commanded? Sign up for a monthly gift of $6, and each year you will give 12 children study materials, a New Testament, and the opportunity to learn what it means to devote their lives to sharing the Good News of eternal grace through Jesus Christ.

Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.(Matthew 9:37-38). God is answering those prayers through The Greatest Journey, the discipleship program Samaritan’s Purse offers for boys and girls who receive shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child. We train teachers and supply local churches with everything they need—including Bibles for graduates. Through The Greatest Journey, over 3.8 million children have prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, and 4.2 million have promised to prayerfully share the Gospel with friends and family.
The Greatest Journey Jesus reminds us that the Kingdom of God is filled with people who have childlike faith. “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). We praise God that more than five million children have made decisions for Christ through The Greatest Journey. When they graduate, we present them with the New Testament in their own language so they can continue to grow in their faith and share Jesus with friends and family members. Your gift of $6 per child will enable us to train local volunteer teachers and provide all the materials for the 12-lesson course, including the graduation Bibles.

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Suggested Gift: $6, or $6,000 for a thousand children


Watch children’s reactions as they receive their shoebox gifts!

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Beyond the Box

Read more about the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Cameroon.

A Post-Residency Doctor in Cameroon shares about her time spent with a spiritual care team and how it helped her to focus on her relationship with Christ. Read more



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