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Sending The Gospel to The Ends of The Earth

Kiribati, a nation comprised of coral atolls along the equator halfway between Australia and Hawaii, was one of the first countries where Operation Christmas Child launched its vision to reach 1,000 Pacific islands by 2023 and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 500,000 children who live out in the Pacific, in the “uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8, KJV).

Our mission is to go where others don’t – from island to island taking the hope of the Gospel.

We began the initiative in 2019 and since then, through faithful packers like you, we have distributed tens of thousands of shoebox gifts to Saipan, Palau, Guam, the Solomon Islands and many more Pacific countries.

After receiving shoebox gifts, children are invited to participate in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program.

We have local, trained church leaders who run the course and teach children how to follow Jesus Christ and share the Gospel with family and friends. When they finish the lessons, we give them New Testaments in their local language.

The Impact

Katie, one of our missionary partners in the Marshall Islands, shared that after a shoebox distribution on Lib Island, many children stayed and played for hours with the fun gifts they found inside their shoeboxes.

“The children don’t often receive gifts and were thrilled to discover the toys,” she said. “They were also excited to hear the Good News. The way the Gospel was presented was so easy for the children to understand.”

“It’s not just a shoebox. We’re talking about souls being saved, communities changing, and, in our case, an entire island being impacted for the Lord.” What a privilege it is to be a part of reaching these islands for Christ!

One mom in Kiribati shared, “This is the first time I have seen such a great gift given to my children. We can see that you really care about our children here in Kiribati.” One pastor said, “This is the first program that has united the churches on the island and brought us together.”

We praise God for using Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child as a uniting force for discipleship and evangelism around the world.

Thank you for packing shoebox gifts and for supporting The Greatest Journey so that we can share the Gospel with children in need.

Ask God to use Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey to strengthen churches, bring millions of children to faith in Christ, and make them bold witnesses for Christ where they live. 

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Your gift helps cover the cost of collecting, processing, and shipping a gift-filled Operation Christmas shoebox to a boy or girl in need.

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