Operation Christmas Child
Celebrating 200 Million Blessings
16 November 2022
ELIZABETH GROFF RECEIVED AN OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX YEARS AGO IN UKRAINE. NOW SHE’S HELPING TO PACK THE 200 MILLIONTH GIFT ON A TOUR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.
Discover how Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts lead to evangelism, discipleship, and the multiplication of believer and churches
even to the ends of the earth.
After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are invited by the local church to participate in our discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson course that includes Bible stories and Scripture memorisation. The goal of the program is for children to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ in their daily lives as they share Him with family and friends. And it all starts by training local teachers who love kids and are passionate about making disciples. Nearly 31 million children have enrolled in The Greatest Journey since 2009.
After completing The Greatest Journey, children attend a graduation celebration and receive a certificate.
Most importantly, they are given a Bible that includes the New Testament and selected Old Testament stories along with a dictionary of Biblical terms and a map of Bible lands. Complete with illustrations, it is often the first copy of God’s Word the child, or their family, will
Family and friends who attend the ceremony hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After seeing the transformation in the students, their loved ones’ hearts are open to hearing the Good News for themselves. Praise God, many of them come to faith in Christ.
Since 2009, more than 15 million children have reported decisions for Christ while taking The Greatest Journey. These children as well as those who hear the Gospel at shoebox outreach events share their faith with friends and family—who in turn disciple others.
In Colombia, a boy who came to Christ through The Greatest Journey began praying for his parents who were struggling with drug dependency. As a result, his mother and father accepted the Lord, started attending a Bible study begun by our ministry partners, and became leaders in a drug rehabilitation centre. A new church was also started as an outgrowth of this ministry. “One of our original prayers was that The Greatest Journey experience would bring whole families together,” said a local prayer coordinator. “And God answered!”
From the shoebox packers who pray for the boys and girls who will receive their gifts to the local teachers who pray for the children who attend The Greatest Journey discipleship classes, prayer is key to the work of Operation Christmas Child.
23 September 2022
I remember my dad, who was a pastor, would start each day by praying, “God, You are good, and I’m giving You the day.” My father would remind us that God is seeing the big picture and encouraged us to find joy and hope in the Word of God—to love God and others around us.
17 August 2022
THROUGH A FRIEND’S INVITATION AND A SIMPLE GIFT, A YOUNG GIRL IN THE WEST AFRICAN NATION OF BENIN FINDS HOPE AND JOY IN JESUS CHRIST. Nine-year-old Gladys flashed a big smile as she recounted the day she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. The special items inside included a blanket folded neatly and arranged…