Operation Christmas Child
Learn how to pack a shoebox
Visit samaritanspurse.org/occ and learn how to bless a child overseas through a gift filled shoebox, given in Jesus' Name.
In the hands of local churches, every gift filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship - transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!
We are continuing what Jesus started - Every shoebox delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God's amazing love. But a shoebox is just the beginning. It also presents an opportunity in more than 100 countries for our church partners to invite children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through The Greatest Journey.
Shares the Good News of Jesus Christ - As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language.
Blesses children with joy, hope, and love - Their shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and give them an opportunity to experience the love of God.
Gives a church an effective outreach tool - Local churches use gift-filled shoeboxes as a tangible inroad for evangelism. The shoebox gifts allow them access to places they might never been welcome otherwise.
Makes disciples through the local church - After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12 week discipleship program. They learn from trained local volunteers what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others.
Multiplies as children share their faith with friends and family - Even before The Greatest Journey course is over, students begin witnessing to others. Then at graduation, the Gospel is shared with their friends and family again. The graduates also receive a New Testament to use personally and in communicating their faith to others.
Grows congregations and plants new churches worldwide - Through the efforts of local believers in our National Leadership Teams, entire communities are being evangelized as shoebox gifts are delivered. Some of these areas do not have any existing church.