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Shoebox gifts are only the beginning of The Greatest Journey

We thank God for nearly 11.5 million shoebox gifts Samaritan’s Purse collected last year through our Operation Christmas Child project. We are now in the process of handing them out through church partners in 113 countries. Every one of these gifts is an opportunity to share the Gospel. Churches tell children about Jesus as they hand out the gifts, and as God opens doors they also invite the boys and girls to return for The Greatest Journey. This is a series of 12 Bible lessons developed by Samaritan’s Purse especially for shoebox recipients to help them grow in faith and learn how to share Christ with friends and family members.


The testimony of a boy named Clinton in Kenya is a great example of how it works. Clinton’s family followed a different religion, but a friend invited him to church to receive a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. Intrigued by what he heard about the love of Jesus, he returned to the church to attend The Greatest Journey classes, and that’s where he prayed to accept Christ as his Saviour.

Clinton’s mother, Mary, was curious about the change in her son’s life and also about the people who had been so generous and loving to her son. So, she went to church with him, heard the Gospel, and responded in repentance and faith to trust Jesus. “Where else can you ­ find such love?” Mary said. “I decided since that time that I would serve the Lord and express the same love to other people.”

Clinton is among over 5 million children who have made decisions for Christ through The Greatest Journey during the past seven years.

This coming year, we are trusting God for the resources to offer The Greatest Journey to 4.4 million children—almost a million more than last year. It costs only $10 per child, including a New Testament in the local language. Please pray for the churches, the volunteer teachers, and the children and their families who are being transformed through this global Gospel outreach.

All of us at Samaritan’s Purse are thankful for your prayers and support as we work around the world to help spread the Good News of God’s love.

May the Lord bless you.





Franklin Graham
Samaritan’s Purse

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