Children holding shoeboxes and blackboard with thank you



Together in 2017, you sent a fantastic 678,942 shoebox gifts to 13 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East!

Your wonderful generosity has a double impact. First, you’re equipping thousands of churches and groups around the world who have so little, to reach out generously to children in need. This is a wonderful partnership between you and local leaders worldwide. Second, your generosity shows the children who receive your shoeboxes that you love them and also that God loves them as they get to hear from local churches the Christmas story of the greatest gift of all – Jesus.

We thank God for the millions of children that have received shoeboxes since Operation Christmas Child began distributions. We hope you will be inspired by the following videos and photos of children who received a shoebox gift just like yours.

Some of our favourite photos from around the world:


The Impact of a Shoebox

Every shoebox gift matters! Watch this very special message—to you—from shoebox recipients around the world.


The Greatest Journey

Each shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. But a shoebox is just the beginning. After receiving a shoebox gift, children have the opportunity to enrol in The Greatest Journey – 12 fun and interactive Bible lessons, where they get the chance to discover who Jesus is and how to begin their own journey of faith. At the end of the course they get to experience a graduation ceremony where they receive a New Testament in their own language.

The Greatest Journey is taught by local volunteers who have been trained to deliver the programme. It is offered free of charge, without obligation and with the consent of the child’s parent or guardian.

You can be a part of helping us “go and make disciples of all nations” as Jesus commanded. Sign up for a monthly gift of £5, and each year you will give 12 children study materials, a New Testament, and the opportunity to share their faith with family and friends.

 THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!


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