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Thanks to your support, Samaritan’s Purse is able to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people in more than 130 countries across the globe.
From our headquarters in the United States, and affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, our mission is to meet the needs of victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Remote Peru Receives the Gospel
An Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution in a hard-to-reach community of Peru leads to a church plant and many children and families hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the first time.
- Australia: Please pray for Simran and her family, that they will mature in the Lord and continue to share their faith with family and friends making an impact within the Fijian Hindu community.
- Canada: For a record offering of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, and for the safety of all our supporters and volunteers as they deliver shoeboxes to our processing centers.
- UK: Please join with us in praying for the team of UK volunteers as they seek to locate spaces to set up and manage the processing centers for the 2016 Operation Christmas Child season.
- USA: Pray for the people of Haiti and the United States as they recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
The Greatest Journey Transforms the Life of a Girl and Her Family
Simran, 7-year-old from an Indian Hindu family, loved her shoebox gifts – especially the coloured pencils and colouring books. After receiving her shoebox, she joined The Greatest Journey class in her community. She wanted to know more about the creation and love of God because of the stories she had heard from church kids during the distribution.
During the follow-up program, Samaritan’s Purse Australia had an opportunity to share the Gospel with and pray for them. As Simran’s life was transformed, she had so much joy to share with the other children on Sunday that her parents also started attending church. Three weeks after Simran received the shoebox, her parents became Christians.
Simran’s family is attending Grace Samaritan Church. Their hearts and lives have been touched, and they have been blessed in many ways. Her mother Vinita was healed and Dinesh, her father, found a good job. The peace of God came into their lives.
This family is now a living testimony among their family and community where they are boldly sharing the good news and salvation of God with them at every opportunity. And it all started with a little shoebox. What an amazing impact.
Maria and a Cow Named Lula
A cute little stuffed cow named Lula was the most cherished gift that 4-year-old Maria Fernanda Garcia found inside the Operation Christmas Child shoebox she received in Costa Rica in 1998.
Maria, now 21, recently accompanied a group of Canadian volunteers as translator and saw the familiar red-and-green Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. A long-forgotten memory stirred.
“Someone in Canada gave me this stuffed cow and probably never imagined it would be so special,” she said with a smile. “Even though I’m older now, I’m still very attached to Lula. She stays in my bed.”
At the time she received her shoebox, Maria’s parents were leaning heavily on their Christian faith. Her father had been unemployed for four years, and the family had no money for gifts.
Her parents’ situation has improved dramatically since then and Maria, seeing first-hand how their faith in God helped them through hard times, made her own decision for Christ and was baptized at age 12.
As she looks back on receiving her shoebox all those years ago, Maria says: “It was God’s plan for my life to get Lula when I was a child. His plan started with that, and hasn’t finished yet.”
Vika’s Story: A Shoebox Recipient Packs Shoeboxes for Others
Vika received a shoebox gift while living in an orphanage in Ukraine as a child, and now she packs shoeboxes to send to other children.
“I still remember that feeling of excitement and hope I had when we received our shoeboxes.
“When the teachers gathered us together in our classroom and told us about the gifts we were super excited. I remember that my shoebox had everything purple! I got a little doll, little notebook, toothpaste/toothbrush, soap, colouring book, a letter and a picture of a family. I also received chopsticks, hairbands, hairbrush, pencils, pen candy and a little soft bear. It was awesome.
“Now it’s been almost 7 years since I started making shoeboxes to send to other children all over the world. I’ve been receiving emails and pictures from a 12-year-old girl in Uganda who got my shoebox last year.
“I can’t describe in words how blessed I am to be a part of this ministry. I’ve been there and I know what it feels like to have no parents, to have nothing. God is an awesome God, and I would like to encourage each one of you to take a little time and make a shoebox. To share hope and love with all these children around the world.”
On December 26, 2014, something unexpected and wonderful happened to the Kulemba family of Malawi.
That day their 12-year-old daughter Angella received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift from the local church.
The pens, pencils, eraser, notebook, and ruler she received blessed her Muslim family. Angella needed these items for school, but her parents could not afford them.
“It was a great relief to the family,” said Angella’s mother Dorothy.
The flashlight inside the girl’s box also meant a lot, but it was only a shadow of the Light they received from The Greatest Gift.
“When I read the book, it proved to me that truly God is there,” Angella said. “That encouraged me to start going to church. I started going alone because I thought my family may not be convinced and accept Christianity.”
The truths she learned at church began to change her. Angella said: “As I went to church and learned about the Bible, I was being transformed by the verses we learned. I felt sweet in my heart because I was filled with the Word of God. It surprised me in my heart to find out that Christianity is good and that God is present and real.”
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