GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Your shoebox gift was one of 9,651 that have been delivered to children in MOLDOVA. We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began distributions. While we are not able to provide pictures or information on the specific child who received your individual shoebox, we hope you will be inspired by the stories and photos below.
POPULATION: 3.5 million, with 18.03% under 14 years old
COUNTRY INFORMATION: Despite recent progress, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. With a moderate climate and productive farmland, Moldova’s economy relies heavily on its agriculture sector, featuring fruits, vegetables, wine, and tobacco.
“My name is Iosif. I am 10 years old. I am from Republic of Moldova. I have two sisters and two brothers (one of them is a baby). I am so very happy that the Lord did not forget us and sent us Christmas gifts through you. In the boxes we found many things we cannot buy, such as: sweets, toys, clothes, pencils and many other useful and nice things. We have a hard life with many needs we have got used to. On Christmas we feel the true joy. This year the youth from the local church visited us and had a wonderful programme of Christmas carols and songs. We could really feel the joy of Christmas in our hearts.”
My name is Slavic. I am 7 years old. I am very thankful for the gift I received on Christmas. I found pencils, pens, toys and sweets in the shoebox. I have two brothers and a one sister. We all liked the gifts very much. Our parents do not have a permanent job and we do not have our own house. We rent a small old house. Nobody brings us gifts during the year. We thank Jesus for this joy which comes to our house on Christmas.
Thank you from our Ministry Partners
Speaking to those who support the outreach of Samaritan’s Purse through local churches in Moldova, Pastor Andrei said, “One day you will understand how many doors have been opened, how many hearts have been reached, how much joy you have brought to many children who have never received a present before in their lives. On behalf of thousands and thousands of children, I’d like to thank you who do this ministry.”
National Leadership Teams
Operation Christmas Child invests in building National Leadership Teams made up of trained local volunteers and staff within over 100 countries. These teams then work alongside many Regional Leadership teams who in turn train local church leaders and teachers. In Moldova 5 teams are working with 535 ministry partners (teams of volunteers in local churches) to make Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey possible each year!
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. Over 26,800 children in Moldova have enrolled in this programme since it started.
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.