GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Your shoebox gift was one of 59,544 that have been delivered to children in ZAMBIA. 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.
COUNTRY INFORMATION: The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa sharing a border with eight other African countries. Zambia has a reputation for political stability and a relatively efficient, transparent government. However, social conditions are tough. Poverty is widespread with 68% of Zambians living below the recognised national poverty line. Life expectancy is among the lowest in the world at 41 years, and the death rate is one of the highest – largely due to the prevalence of HIV/Aids.
POPULATION: Just over 15 million, with 46.12% 14 years or younger.
Simon enjoys writing and was so excited to see the notebook, writing pencils, and coloured pencils in his shoebox. Sometimes not having these basic supplies prevents children in Zambia from going to school. Simon is 11 years old and also attends a community school. He misses his father because he works in another town and is often away from home.
Tela and other mothers stood at the back behind rows of benches where their children sat and waited to receive their shoebox. Today was a dream come true for parents as well as children. This mother repeated over and over the word “never.” Tela never expected her four children (left to right: Adrian, Brian, Honest, Aaron) could receive such nice gifts. Although her husband works hard as a minibus driver, his income doesn’t leave room for anything beyond necessity. Tela couldn’t believe people would show her children such kindness and love.
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 Zambia 13 teams are working with 2412 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 136,900 children in Zambia 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.