It is the intent of Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey to connect children to the Word of God and to local churches. We want them to have a personal and ongoing relationship with another believer, in order to receive God’s Word and learn more about what it means to follow Christ. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, through God’s Word. Local churches can proclaim, instruct and disciple the children and this is why it is important for Samaritan’s Purse to equip the church to build personal relationships with the children.
In the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20): The seeds of evangelism are scattered. Some seeds sprout quickly and are choked by weeds, others wither under the sun because they lack roots, and others are eaten by birds. Yet some fall on fertile soil and produce a harvest of up to 100 times.
Operation Christmas Child is investing in the fertile soil. Once seeds (shoebox gifts) are scattered, they may take root, mature, and multiply their harvest. This emphasises the critical role of discipleship and The Greatest Journey is that tool for nurturing the harvest.