Democratic Republic of the Congo

Shoebox gifts collected in 2018 will be delivered to thousands of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Praise God that 1,686,020 children have received a shoebox since 2002, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo has 83 million people and is located in Central Africa
  • 42% 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Blessings in a Box
A local volunteer reported: “Madame Kabuo, a widow, testified to us about the greatness and love of God without limit, for having been blessed because her 9-year-old son received a shoebox containing pens, crayons, and soap. This gift arrived at the moment when she was praying to have school supplies for her fatherless children. She praises God for the work of OCC.”

Growth in the Body
One local pastor has seen a significant amount of church growth from working with Operation Christmas Child. One church in the area was given the tools and materials needed to launch an effective children’s program. Through their work, a family from the Mimbulu village gave their hearts to Christ after each of their children received a gift box. They now attend the church.

Bag of Blessings
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12-year-old Bakatwamba lives with his parents. Because of financial hardship, Bakatwamba’s parents were not able to purchase a school bag for him. Every day, Bakatwamba carried his school supplies and books in a paper bag. When he opened his shoebox gift, he was overjoyed to discover a brand new school bag. The gift encouraged him to continue with school. Through Operation Christmas Child, Bakatwamba also had the opportunity to enroll in a discipleship course and later received Jesus Christ as his Savior. After graduating from the discipleship course and receiving his certificate, his entire family became interested in learning more about Jesus, and Bakatwamba was equipped to share the Gospel with them. The family now regularly attends a local church.

Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Pray for the National Leadership Team as they continue to manage a very diverse and large project.
  • Pray for the teams as they translate the cause and continue to encourage a strong understanding of how churches can be involved in this ministry.

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 363,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have enrolled in this program, and more than 237,000 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo Gallery: Feeding Programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The northeastern border regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo have become a battleground as the Lord’s Resistance Army attack villages, kill unarmed civilians, burn homes, and take captives. Thousands of people have fled and are living with relatives or in makeshift shelters in larger, more secure towns. Samaritan’s Purse is providing food for thousands of at-risk families and supporting medical facilities. Read more

Health Education for a Single Mother
Samaritan’s Purse health and nutrition programs help a woman in the Congo feed her family. Read more

Thankful God’s Not a Photojournalist
A trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo shows one intern the hope that desperate people can find in Jesus Christ. Read more

Food for Thought
Samaritan’s Purse is helping children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo stay in school by feeding them during the day. Read more

A New Church for Bangadi
Samaritan’s Purse built a new place of worship to replace a church destroyed by wars and rebel attacks in a jungle village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read more