Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Romania!
Your shoebox gift was one of 154,461 sent to Romania. 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 photos and stories below.
- The population of Romania is 21.5 million
- 14% of the population are under the age of 15
OUR LOCAL PARTNERS SHARED:
A ministry partner in the Cluj area decided they would share gifts with a group of young people with Down’s Syndrome and with the families of women in Gherla prison. When they first arrived, they found that the children were nervous of visitors and scared they may be taken away from their home. But instead they were wonderfully surprised and full of joy to receive the unexpected gifts. It was moving to see the intensity with which a little girl hugged her new doll; and to see children not hiding their sweets but sharing them round with friends.
“One Saturday evening my siblings and I were at church for a youth gathering. We were surprised to receive the shoebox gifts after the service. I remember going home and sitting in my brother’s room on the floor, where we all laid out everything we’d received in our shoeboxes. I was completely overwhelmed with joy.
My favourite gifts were hygiene items, a toothbrush, and soap. As a young girl, to have nice smelling soap and a nice toothbrush meant a lot to me.” Read More
SHOEBOX JOY IN ROMANIA:
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 Romania 40 teams are working with 1,151 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 43,350 children in Romania 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.
THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!