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West Africa

Many shoebox gifts packed in the UK are now bringing joy to children living in West Africa!

These shoebox gifts are helping to show the love of Christ, planting seeds, and building goodwill between communities of all faiths and none. However, while political and religious sensitivities continue within parts of West Africa, for the safety of our ministry partners living in restricted areas, we are unable to disclose details about the specific country your shoebox was sent to.

Please know that even though we are not able to 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.

Your lovingly packed shoebox gifts make such a difference! We’ve shared some of our favourite videos, photos, and stories from Africa of children who received shoebox gifts just like yours.

Children Receiving Shoebox Gifts in West Africa

Stories from Africa

Reaching the Hard-to-reach

One day in a hard-to-reach fishing village, built on stilts, a very special outreach event occurred. Scores of families came and the pastor shared about Jesus, the Greatest Friend. Then the gifts—covered in a blanket until now—were given to each child.

“Three! Two! One!”

Shouts of happiness erupted. Children quickly searched through their boxes to see what was inside. It was a special moment!

A local partner shared that “we go by foot, by motorbike, by boat, and hundreds of miles from home. And because of this, we are seeing the generations come to Christ and I believe our African countries will see a better tomorrow because we are building a generation who knows Christ.”

group in remote river location with shoebox gifts

Kevin’s Story

Shoebox Gifts Are Sharing God’s Love In West Africa

Made In His Image

Samaritan’s Purse delivered gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to the Village of Light School for the Blind in Togo, West Africa. Josephine, 12, was one student encouraged by a shoebox gift and, along with her classmates, took part in The Greatest Journey.

Children rejoicing as they open their shoebox gifts in West Africa

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!