Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Liberia!
Your shoebox gift was one of 80,071 sent to Liberia. 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: Western Africa, between Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone
Population: 4,809,768, with 44% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)
OUR LOCAL PARTNERS SHARED:
A child in Montserrado was excluded from school one day because his parents couldn’t afford a scientific calculator. They were very poor and unemployed. When shoeboxes were distributed in their town, he received a gift with a brand new scientific calculator. He had been praying for this for months. When he saw it, he was so glad and thanked his friends for inviting him to the outreach event. He was so happy. He kept saying to his friends: “truly God answers prayers”.
A UK VISITOR TO LIBERIA SAID:
“There is no doubt that those boxes are an incredible blessing and an indiscriminate sign of love to those children – whatever faith they do or do not have. They were overjoyed. I remember watching one child take the photo of the family who sent the box (included in the box) and stare at it and then dance with it and then show their friends – even before they got to the gifts! It meant that much to them that somebody would send them something.”
SHOEBOXES BRING JOY AFTER THE DARKNESS OF EBOLA
Cathy Madavan and Cris Rogers find out how shoebox gifts are making a difference in Liberia.
A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CHILDREN WHO RECEIVED SHOEBOX GIFTS.
These children live in Moldova but represent children everywhere, including Liberia 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 Liberia 5 teams are working with 408 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 69,821 children in Liberia 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.
THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!