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Shoebox gifts transforming lives in Fiji

One of our Fijian Operation Christmas Child regional teams took shoeboxes to a community that is comprised of several religious backgrounds and native Fijian kids. As it turned out, the local church did not have a pastor, but Mary and Joanna* were looking after the community. They visited each house in the community to invite the children and their families to a shoebox outreach event, and many children came from all backgrounds, irrespective of ethnicity and religion!

At the event, all the children received a shoebox gift, and parents were moved and wanted to know why it was happening. After the distribution, Mary and Joanna had the opportunity to go back to reconnect with the community, and people willingly opened their homes to them. These ladies were able to share the Gospel and as a result of this, almost 70 children participated in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. These children and their families are now involved in church, and nine families were baptised at The Greatest Journey graduation ceremony too!

There was a 70-year-old Hindu man who saw all this going on, and his grandchildren also received shoeboxes. Prior to the graduation ceremony, he went to the church to sweep and clean it in preparation. The church families reached out to him and this man now hosts a Bible study in his home.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are making an impact in the community, the lives of the children and in the lives of others. We thank the Lord for what He is doing through these shoeboxes; it is all from Him.

 *not their real names

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