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Shoeboxes Launch Outreach to Children in Western Mexico

Jesús was in trouble and he was afraid. He tried to hide from the police, knowing prison—and separation from his wife and children—awaited him. When the police caught Jesús, he was sentenced to seven years in jail in Mazatlan, Mexico. “My life was sad. I felt defeated,” he said. In prison, Jesús met Pastor Carlos,…

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Edward Graham Joins Celebration for New Church in the Mountains of Mexico

La Laguna village in remote Mexico, home to the Nahuatl people, was once unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No one in the mountain community had ever heard the name of Jesus. No one had ever been told that God loves them or how they could have a personal relationship with the Living Savior.…

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Shoebox Gifts Go Even Where There Is No Road

Sixty bare-chested men started running towards Dian and Sandee. The group’s leader was waving his rifle in the air and yelling. Among the throng was a man carrying a black cooking pot and more men brandishing their rifles in the air. The two women froze. But to their surprise, the horde ran past them and…

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Franklin Graham Hands Out Shoeboxes on Saipan and Guam

Feb. 22-23 UPDATE Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham and his wife Jane, along with musical artist Michael W. Smith, traveled to Guam on Saturday, Feb. 22, to help hand out gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at Life in the Son Christian Fellowship in Tamuning. The day before the trio assisted in distributing shoeboxes on nearby…

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Intertwined Hearts

It might not seem like a Mongolian child with a heart defect, an American baby who lived for only 76 days, and high school students in South Carolina have much in common. But without Eastside High School, Emerson Rose’s parents would not have been able to donate the money to help Nomin fly to Minnesota…

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Franklin Graham Hands Out Shoebox Gifts, Meets Children’s Heart Project Families in Mongolia

Franklin Graham spent a whirlwind weekend in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as he met with children and families who have benefited from Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project and later gave out Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. On Friday, he enjoyed song and dance performances by Mongolian girls and boys who have received critically needed cardiac surgery through…

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Operation Christmas Child Brings Gift-Filled Shoeboxes to Palau

Franklin Graham’s bold vision to deliver gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in Jesus’ Name to every child on 1,000 Pacific islands—more than half a million kids—began early last year and reached more than 65,000 children in 2019. Earlier this year, the campaign arrived ashore on Palau, where scores of shoeboxes were handed out to children…

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From the Streets to the Steeples

Hilario Morales’ large stature is dwarfed only by the size of his giant heart. Within it, he seems to store enough love for all of the children in Mexico. But it wasn’t always that way. For years, his heart was filled with fear and hatred. When he was just 6, Hilario became one of countless…

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Good News for Barbuda’s Children—with a Texas Twist

As Pastor Mark Brumbelow and his wife Cherry packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts in late September with their small church in Wild Peach, Texas, they sensed God was going to do something special. But, they weren’t exactly sure what. In fact, their packing party on Sept. 23 almost wasn’t held. A month earlier, Hurricane…

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Five Creative Ways to Pack Shoeboxes During COVID-19

A global pandemic isn’t stopping Operation Christmas Child from delivering gift-filled shoeboxes to boys and girls in the far corners of the world. Children need hope now more than ever in such uncertain times, and these tangible expressions of God’s love can be a great encouragement. Most important, children need to hear the Good News…

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