Children in Kenya receive their shoebox gifts
Kenya

Shoebox gifts collected in the United States in 2016 will be delivered to 112,560 children in Kenya. Praise God that over 774,518 children have received a shoebox since 1995, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.

  • Kenya has 46.7 million people and is located in East Africa
  • More than 40% of the population is 15 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 Kenya

A Changed Life
Nine-year-old Dickson used to be violent and would destroy other children’s books at school and in Sunday school. Dickson used to attend Sunday school, but nothing much could change his destructive attitude. After getting a shoebox gift, he got saved during The Greatest Journey lessons. Now, Dickson has changed. He goes to church early and arranges the class before others come. He also helps the teacher with any tasks available.

From ShoeBox to Shelter
Bishop Martin said: “Our 40 boxes were distributed to children’s churches in Kakamega. The response was very touching because no one has ever done that for the children here. The parents of the children were very much touched, and one of the parents decided to give money to build a permanent children’s Sunday school three-roomed house. A parent who is not even born again gave money to roof all three rooms. This was a historical event to the children and parents.”

Love Goes Round the Globe
A local pastor whose church distributed shoebox gifts writes: “We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the kind gesture your ministry extended to us. The gifts you sent us were received in good order and have been of great help in ministry to our children. Through our Sunday school ministry we were able to distribute the gifts among the children in our congregration. Some of the children were very needy, especially of school stationery, which was part of the gifts. These items went a long way in satisfying the need for the older children, while we got wonderful toys for the younger ones. Every letter that was sent to us was read out loud and appreciated. It was also an opportunity for our Sunday school teachers to teach our children about giving, and the love of our God that has caused them to receive these gifts from other brethren. May God shower you with His love, joy, and protection as you continue in His service. Your love goes round the globe.”

Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Kenya

  • Praise God for opening doors for the team to share the Gospel.
  • Pray the seed of the Word of God planted in the children will bear fruit.

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, 10.9 million children have enrolled in the program since 2009.

This year in Kenya, these Bible lessons will be offered to children who receive a shoebox gift. 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. Since this program started in Kenya, 103,050 children have enrolled and more than 100,000 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.

SUPPORT
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 "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.

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Suggested Gift: $6, or $6,000 for a thousand children
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Watch children’s reactions as they receive their shoebox gifts!


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Beyond the Box

Learn more about the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Kenya.

Mobile Medical Outreach in Kenya
Missionaries started Kapsowar Hospital as a small dispensary, nearly 80 years ago. Today, the 126-bed hospital provides medical care for more than 300,000 people who live in rural villages in the Cherangani Hills and Kerio Valley in northwestern Kenya. Hospital staff recently launched a mobile medical outreach to help bring physical healing and the hope of the Gospel to the Pokot people who live miles away in the Kerio Valley. Read more

The Water They Have Always Known
A woman learns the importance of filtering water before she drinks it. Read more

Yielding to God’s Provisions
A farmer in Kenya learns how to grow crops in the dry season and uses knowledge provided by Samaritan’s Purse to build a greenhouse. Read more

Cooking with the Sun
Samaritan’s Purse is teaching people in Kenya how to cook with solar energy, a source of fuel that can be easier to find and cheaper to use than firewood. Read more

Well Repair Leads to Living Water
God uses a Samaritan’s Purse water team to turn villagers in rural Kenya from witchcraft to Christ. Read more

Orthopedic Surgery in Rural Kenya

An orthopedic surgeon who spent time at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya with World Medical Mission reflects on how all types of doctors can help people in need. Read more

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