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Madagascar is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. It is known for its lemurs, baobab trees, vanilla, and pepper. Samaritan’s Purse began delivering Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children here in 1993. Since 2010, we have also offered these shoebox recipients our follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.

Read Stories from the Field

Finoana, 9, received a shoebox gift in Madagascar and especially appreciated the small red car in his box. He went on to participate in The Greatest Journey discipleship program, and there accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. After also learning how to share His faith with others, he gathered some children near his home and preached the Gospel to them. Today, he goes door-to-door with a notebook asking people how he can pray for them. He records the requests in his book, and prays for them fervently. “I sometimes wake up at 2 or 3 a.m. and pray for these people. I also lead a small prayer group with my grandmother,” he said. Finoana is now on his second prayer notebook and want to become a preacher when he grows up.

Pray for Your Shoebox Recipient

Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”—Matthew 21:22

Please don’t stop praying for the boy or girl that you first lifted up when you packed your shoebox. Continue to ask God to soften his or her heart to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that he or she will follow Him all the days of their life. Pray also for families and entire communities to be transformed as God’s love is shared through your simple gift.

The Greatest Journey

After your shoebox gift delights a boy or girl, you can give them the opportunity to participate in The Greatest Journey.

Taught by trained local teachers, this 12-lesson discipleship program shows children how to follow Christ and share Him with others. As boys and girls share the Scripture stories they learn in class, their friends and family come to faith—growing churches, starting new congregations, and transforming communities by the power of the Gospel.

Send a child on The Greatest Journey for just $6!

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Record Where Your Shoebox Went

Our Follow Your Box Map is specifically designed for you to keep track over multiple years where your shoebox gifts have blessed children in need.

Consider displaying one in your church or home as a reminder to pray for the boys and girls who have been blessed by your generosity.

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