The Greatest Journey in the U.S.

Take Their Journey

Millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries around the world are participating in The Greatest Journey—our follow-up discipleship program for children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Now, children in the U.S. can go through these same 12 discipleship lessons. Your church or group can order these materials today and begin helping boys and girls learn to follow Christ and share Him with family and friends through this Samaritan’s Purse resource.

God is using The Greatest Journey to raise up an army of young evangelists around the world to transform entire communities through the Gospel. Your church can join in this exciting program and see little ones reaching out for Christ in your area!

Gospel-Centered

Children who participate will hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and learn to actively follow Him day by day. The program also equips them to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing their faith with others. We praise God for changing hearts and transforming lives through The Greatest Journey.

Teacher-Friendly

  • Teachers will find every lesson planned for them, and a comprehensive Leader Guide is also available.
  • When you order The Greatest Journey student materials you’ll receive a link to exclusive training you will share with your teachers. This training is a crucial component of The Greatest Journey experience, and will help you and your children receive the most benefit from this program. As the children’s discipleship leader, you’ll also receive an online handbook to help you plan the training event, kick-off event, and graduation ceremony.
  • The cost per child is only $6 and includes The Greatest Journey student workbook, New Testament, and graduation certificate.

Get Involved in Missions

The Greatest Journey is also an excellent tool to introduce children—and your entire church—to worldwide missions and the global ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

For example, by hosting a kick-off event for The Greatest Journey you will help children experience an Operation Christmas Child outreach event similar to shoebox distributions in other countries. During the event, you’ll give children an empty shoebox and ask them to bring it back at the end of The Greatest Journey filled with gift items to send to a boy or girl overseas.

Children will have an opportunity to reach out to children in need and participate in the spread of the Gospel around the world.

Share the Greatest Journey

Would you prayerfully consider giving an additional $6 for each set of student packs you order so that we can provide discipleship resources to more children all over the world? For $6 Samaritan’s Purse can provide a child overseas with The Greatest Journey workbook, graduation certificate, Bible memory cards, and a New Testament in their language. We also provide teacher training and teacher guides for local believers.

Tell Us Your Story

Spread the word about how God is using The Greatest Journey in your church by sending us your photos, videos, and stories. Tag us on social media, @OperationChristmasChild, or email occinfo@samaritan.org.

FAQs

What age should participate?
In our Western culture, we’ve learned that ages 6-12 usually benefit the most from The Greatest Journey, although the material can be used for any age. The overseas program is successful for ages 2-14.


How long does The Greatest Journey take and when should we start?
The Greatest Journey is a 12-lesson program. Generally, one lesson is taught each week (and takes about an hour), but it could be done in less than 12 weeks. You can start any time that works best for your schedule. One good option is starting in late summer/early fall and concluding with a graduation celebration during National Collection Week, which occurs the third week of November every year.


What decorations should I provide?
The Greatest Journey can be simple or elaborate. You can take your program to the next level by creating international environments that will help children imagine what it would be like to go through the course in Uganda, the Philippines, and Ecuador.


How long does it take to receive materials?
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.


How long does teacher training take?
We suggest you allow two hours to complete the training. The online training video walks you through different aspects of the discipleship materials and how to prepare for The Greatest Journey.


What is a kick-off event?
A kick-off event will help children experience a shoebox gift distribution similar to distributions in other countries. But there’s a twist. During the event, you’ll give children an empty shoebox and ask them to bring it back at the end of The Greatest Journey—filled with gift items to send to a child overseas. Children will have an opportunity to reach out to children in need and participate in the spread of the Gospel around the world.


Why should I host a graduation ceremony?
The Greatest Journey graduation ceremony is the perfect opportunity for children to share with your entire congregation what they learned during the discipleship program. Your congregation will be inspired to see the next generation live for God’s glory and give selflessly so that others have an opportunity to hear the Gospel.


What is the student to teacher ratio?
We suggest at least one teacher per 10 students so that teachers have more opportunities to engage with their students.


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