Operation Christmas Child

Central Asia

Thank you for bringing joy to a child living in Central Asia!

Your shoebox gift was one of 75,463 sent to children in Central Asia from the UK this season.

Your shoebox gift is also helping build goodwill between peoples of different faiths. It was part of a distribution that local church groups made to children of all religious backgrounds in their community. However while political and religious sensitivities continue within Central Asia and for the safety of our ministry partners living in restricted areas, they have asked us not to disclose details about the specific country your shoebox was sent to.

Please know that even though we are not able disclose exactly where your shoebox gift went, we are confident that it will bring great joy and hope to the precious child receiving it, both now and for many years to come.

We’ve shared some of our favourite videos, photos and stories from around the world where shoebox gifts just like yours have made a real difference.



Children in a remote Asian village receive their first gifts ever…

Happy scenes of shoebox joy as these delighted boys explore their gifts in Tanzania…

This little girl’s joy is visible to all as she discovers a brand new doll and many other treasures in her shoebox gift…

Stories From Around the World

Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Perfect Gift  

“During a shoebox distribution in Kakanj one child came up to us and told us he had lost his favourite gloves and that he was sad because he needed them. When we finished praying for the shoeboxes we told the kids how the gifts came to us. We also told them that God knows what they need. When the kids opened their gifts the same little boy came over to us again, all happy and said ‘How is it possible for me to receive the same gloves in the same colour and the same size? I’m so happy. Thank you God!’”


Belarus: A Mother’s Joy! 

At a nursery 31 children heard about the Christmas story and were delighted to receive shoebox gifts. The parents expressed how thankful they were, and that children loved the gift boxes very much. One mother stopped the local partner the next day and said that she too had received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift when she was a child, and that it was the most memorable thing from her childhood.


Ukraine: Nicky’s Story

Nicky was born in Ukraine, his biological parents were alcoholics and Nicky spent time on the streets, eating out of rubbish bins and sleeping in sewers, before ending up in an orphanage. At the orphanage Nicky received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox…


Pacific Islands, Saipan: School Supplies Bring Great Joy!

Eden, 12, is just one of many children who lived through the terrifying typhoon Yutu in Saipan. She was delighted to receive a shoebox gift and said her favourite gift was a calculator. “I’m very thankful for the calculator because it can help me in school,” she said. “Most of my school supplies were gone in the typhoon.”

Girls opening shoeboxes in Saipan


Central Asia: Yuliya’s Puppy Dog


Lesotho: Reminded of God’s love

Reithabetse, aged nine, doesn’t know her father. Her mother works in South Africa and rarely returns to Lesotho to check up on her, so she lives with a grandmother from the church in her village. Reithabetse rejoiced to receive a shoebox gift filled with a doll, socks, a washcloth, soap, books, and pencils, and also participated in The Greatest Journey discipleship class. She marvelled at Lesson 1 that described all the things God created, and soon gave her life to Jesus Christ. She also brought her siblings Karabo and Mamohlakoana with her to church. Every time she plays with the gifts from her shoebox, she is reminded of God’s great love for her.


Kenya: Kululu’s Story 


Hard-to-reach Area: A Picture Of Hope

Samira received a shoebox gift at an Operation Christmas Child distribution event when she was nine years old. Among the many things she found in the box was a yellow camera that brought her great happiness.

Nineteen years later she felt compelled to write about the gift that she received when she was young. “This camera that I found in the shoebox when I was nine was a sign that something special will happen one day” she says. She had a difficult childhood but she felt the love of God through this special gift. Samira is now a professional photographer. She feels it was a sign from God that after all those years she has become a photographer. The shoebox touched her life in a special way and reminded her of God’s blessing and love over her life.

A Glimpse Of The Joy Your Shoebox Gifts Bring

Our Local Partners

One local partner shared that:

“Both children and adults felt God’s love and were filled with joy. They were thankful and happy. Distribution of the gift boxes helped our church to build stronger relationships with the community.”

Thank You

Thank you so much for packing a shoebox gift and sending love and hope to a child in need. Your generosity makes such a difference!