ESTONIA
Boy waving with shoebox gift

Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Estonia!

 

Your shoebox gift was one of 8,054 sent to Estonia. 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 photos and stories below.  

Location: Eastern Europe, between Latvia and Russia

Population: 1,244,288, with 16% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)

 

 A NEW CHURCH IS BORN:

Children opening shoebox gifts“We held an event in a village called Somp; the village was very poor, with a population of only around 1000 people, very few of who have jobs. Of the adult population that remain there, many are elderly and need social support. The children there were overjoyed to receive the gifts and really enjoyed the performance by church members and talked with them eagerly afterwards.

Following this, 6 children came regularly to our The Greatest Journey classes, with others coming in and out. Two teachers travelled faithfully every Saturday to run the class. After the The Greatest Journey graduation, we were able to create a regular Sunday school programme for these children and those who joined them later.

Boy with shoebox gift in front of Christmas tree

It also happened that some of the elderly people, and other young people from the village came to us after the Sunday school, and we were able to share our faith with them. They asked us if we also had discipleship lessons for them, as they also wanted to take part in church life! Now, we rent an apartment and are repairing it so it can host a church home group. So, with the support of Operation Christmas Child, a new church has been born in a small village called Somp in Estonia. Thank you for the materials and gifts provided in Estonia!”

 

PILLE’S STORY:

Pille received a shoebox gift as a child in Estonia and now lives in the UK.

Shoebox recipient Pille holding a shoebox and the Estonian Flag

She said, “I vividly remember the day we received our shoeboxes. As a child I used to play that wonderful day over and over in my mind…  The things I remember having in my box were a colouring book, pens, pencils and toys. Also inside was a photo of the family who the box had come from and that made me really feel special, to see the family who had sent this gift for me. I treasured that photo.”

Looking back Pille recalls that the outreach event was the first time I heard about Jesus.  Read More

 

 

A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CHILDREN WHO RECEIVED SHOEBOX GIFTS.

These children live in Moldova but represent children everywhere, including Estonia who were given a box from the UK.

 

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 Estonia 2 teams are working with 47 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 357 children in Estonia have enrolled in this programme since it started in 2016.

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.

 THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!

 

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