Ukraine boys receive their shoebox gifts


Shoebox gifts collected in 2018 will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of children in Ukraine. Praise God that over 9.8 million children have received a shoebox since 1995, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.

  • Ukraine has 44 million people and is located in Eastern Europe
  • 16% 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 Ukraine

Samaritan’s Purse Sparks Change in Ukraine as Youth Trust Christ
God is using Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey to reach young campers. Read more

A Teen Club in Ukraine Studies the Bible and Motorbikes A Christian discipleship group in western Ukraine uses The Greatest Journey to help boys learn to follow the Lord. Read more

Bringing Hope to the Roma in Ukraine
As the Gospel is shared in Roma communities through Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and The Greatest Journey discipleship program, children are learning to follow Christ—and how to read! Read more

#shoeboxstories: Vladimir and the Toy Car
How could something as small as a toy car teach me about God’s love? Read more

#shoeboxstories: Nadia and a Doll
As a Christian from a low-income family in Ukraine, I saw my shoebox gift as an answer to my mother’s prayers. Read more

#shoeboxstories: Vladimir and the Dental Floss
Growing up in a culture rife with bribery, my shoebox gift—given with no strings attached—showed me God’s unconditional love. Read more

#shoeboxstories: Elvina and Chewing Gum
My shoebox helped me build my trust in the Lord. Read more

Just Believe
“My name is Anna, and I am 9. In my life miracles just do not happen always. I live with my mom, and I don’t have a dad. That’s why I don’t always have what I want. My mom has to work a lot, though it’s hard to find a job in the place where we live. To sell fish in the marketplace is the only option. Very often my mom is not at home. That’s why I spend my days as I like and where I like. And once – I think it was during the school break, there were some people – men and women who came to me to bring me a gift. I was very surprised. My first thought was that it’s not for me, but they confirmed that it was mine. So, thank you everybody – I don’t know who you are and how you happen to know me that you’ve brought me a gift. I am very glad, and I tell everyone – just believe – the miracles come true! I am sure about it. Then those people told me that God has concern for me, and He will not leave me and my mom alone if we would come to Him in prayer.”

Wonderful Gifts
A local volunteer said: “Some of the gifts were given to the children of my friends who are very poor. The grandmother is bringing up these two children because their parents are alcoholics. And last year this family went through a tragedy – their other boy died. These kids are deprived of parental love and care, and they were so glad to receive the gifts. They were impressed that somewhere in the world there are people with kind and generous hearts who could make these wonderful gifts for them. The girl got some good toys, clothes, and some hair accessories, while the boy got some good stationery and hygiene stuff. I want to thank from my whole heart on behalf of these children to all people with a big heart who are taking part in this ministry with Samaritan’s Purse. And I want to say – keep going, don’t give up when you do good! May God bless you!”

Prayer Requests from Ministry Partners in Ukraine

  • Pray for the distributions. Ask 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, 14.9 million children have enrolled in the program since 2009.

This year in Ukraine, 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. Over 572,600 children in Ukraine have enrolled in this program since it started, and more than 374,700 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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Good News. Great Joy.

Operation Christmas Child delivers the good news of Jesus Christ to children around the world