Children in Uganda receive their shoebox gifts

Shoebox gifts collected in the United States in 2017 will be delivered to 51,986 children in Uganda. Praise God that over 1,770,597 children have received a shoebox since 1996, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.

  • Uganda has 39.5 million people and is located in East Africa
  • 48% 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 Uganda

Rooted in God’s Word
Pastor Mulungi at a church in Nakaswa said: “We had many teens from 12-14 years who could not read the Bible, but when the gift boxes and discipleship program were introduced in the church, they became interested and began to read and study the Bible. They have now become more rooted in God’s Word, and they can now share this news with other children in their community.”

Jessica, a local volunteer in Kampala, said: “The number of children in our church at Kikubampanga has grown from 50 to 149. New members have joined the church since we had the shoebox distribution. We have seen over 25 parents coming to church and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Even those members that had left church came back and now attend our church. We thank God for the gift boxes and the donors and Operation Christmas Child for enabling us reach lost souls within our community.”

Pastor Kawuma in Gayaza said: “Agnes, a 7-year-old, started attending our Sunday school children’s program after receiving a gift box and a wonderful letter sent from a little girl from United States. The letter with this girl’s picture asked Agnes to love Jesus all her life. Because of this, Agnes now comes to church, and she is learning more about Jesus.”

Clothed in Dignity
During a recent trip to Uganda, a staff member is reminded of the worth we all have in God after giving a special orphan a gift-filled shoebox through Operation Christmas Child. Read more

The Gospel Made Real
Children in Uganda are learning important Bible lessons through The Greatest Journey. Read more

The Faith of a Child
The Greatest Journey discipleship program teaches boys and girls in Uganda about salvation through faith in Jesus. Read more

Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Uganda

  • Pray for the distributions. Pray that each box will touch the heart of a child with the Gospel.

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

This year in Uganda, 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. More than 409,000 children in Uganda have enrolled in this program since it started, and over 406,000 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 Uganda.

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Speedy Delivery for Women in Labor
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Safety in a Time of War
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