Girls in Ecuador receiving their shoebox gifts

Shoebox gifts collected in 2018 will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of children in Ecuador. Praise God that 2,705,885 children have received a shoebox since 1997, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.

  • Ecuador has 16 million people and is located in northwestern South America
  • 27% of the population is 14 years old or younger

Good News. Great Joy.

Stories from Ecuador

Every Item Chosen by God
At a distribution in Quito they put on an evangelistic show for kids. They started to line up the kids to hand out the boxes. She noticed a boy 6 or 7-years-old. His shoes were torn, and she could see his toes through the shoes. She wanted to make sure he got a special spot, and started planning to give him one of the bigger boxes, thinking that he needed as much as possible in his box. At the end of the presentation, she was looking for a big box to give him and hoping that someone else wouldn’t give him a box before she could give him a really big one. But, someone beat her to it, and he ended up with a really small box. She thought, “He needs so much, but he didn’t get a lot.” When he opened the box, there were 2 pairs of socks, a pack of crayons, and a couple other items. “I thought this boy needed a lot and only got a few items. But when he saw the socks he screamed, ‘I have socks! I have socks!’ He was so happy.”

A Red-Letter Day in Ecuador
A message in a shoebox impacts a young boy.

Children Start Church Despite Persecution
Despite opposition from the local church, impoverished children graduate from The Greatest Journey.

Photo Gallery: Christmas in Ecuador
Shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child brought joy to children in Ecuador. Pictured are photos from the first day of distributions in Quito. See photos


Photo Gallery: Christmas in Ecuador Day Two
On the second day of the Operation Christmas Child trip to Ecuador, recording artist Michael W. Smith and Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham delivered gifts to boys and girls in Fundacion Amor a La Vida and Libertad de Azama. Read more

Sharing Christ with the Kayambi
Shoebox gifts bring joy and celebration to an indigenous village in Ecuador. Read more

Learning to Follow Jesus
A young boy in Ecuador helps lead his grandmother to faith in Christ through The Greatest Journey, the Operation Christmas Child follow-up discipleship program. Read more

Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Ecuador

  • Pray for safety of the NLT and TGJ teacher trainers as they are traveling across the country to hold training events for the ministry partners.
  • Pray God will give the team wisdom and discernment as they select a Church Mobilization Coordinator.

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 1,069,000 children in Ecuador have enrolled in this program, and more than 836,000 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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