Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Moldova!
Your shoebox gift was one of 10,000 sent to Moldova. 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, northeast of Romania
Population: 3,437,720, with 18% with under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)
OUR LOCAL PARTNERS SAY:
10 year old Benjamin has 5 brothers and sisters and said that he had never before received anything that he felt really belonged to him! When he received his shoebox gift, he was so happy to be given a whole box! Beni’s family find it hard to manage, so they don’t have the opportunity to buy toys. His parents are so busy that they do not have much time for their children, though they would like to. Everything Beni received in the box has brought such a big happiness. Beni learned about God’s greatest gift to us his Son Jesus and he asked Jesus to come into his heart.
SHOEBOX RECIPIENTS SHARE THEIR GRATITUDE
“I would like to thank you for the gift you offered me. I was so very glad to receive a hat, school supplies, a ball and sweets; all this things mean a lot to me. I received a very nice gift.” Nicoleta, 9 years old.
“We were invited to the Christian Church at Christmas. There we had the opportunity to hear the great news about the birth of Jesus Christ. At the end of the event, each of us was given a present, it was a great joy for everybody. In the box we have discovered a lot of things that are of a great help for us. It was a great joy for us to discover also school supplies, sweets, and toys. We are very thankful. May God give you health.” Nicolai and Ion.
“Hello!!! I am very grateful to you for the wonderful gift, I like the hat and the scarf the most. It was the most amazing gift in my life, I had a really beautiful Christmas. I heard a lot about the birth of Jesus Christ at the event organised at the church from my village. Thank you for the gift.” Dumitritsa, 12 years old.
Shoebox Joy in Moldova:
Listen to the joyful sounds of Children exploring their shoebox gifts in Moldova.
Transforming lives and communities in Moldova:
A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CHILDREN WHO RECEIVED SHOEBOX GIFTS IN MOLDOVA.
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 Moldova 6 teams are working with 550 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 80,641 children in Moldova 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!