The Eternal Impact of a Simple Gift – Operation Christmas Child
Every year, people in the U.S. pack shoeboxes for needy children overseas. Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are packed with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and prayer. What goes into the box is fun. What comes out is eternal. Through the power of Christ, one shoebox gift can inspire pastors, multiply congregations, plant new churches and inspire children to share the Gospel with family and friends.
When churches use shoebox gifts to reach out to their communities, God often blesses them with dramatic growth and a great harvest of souls. Nothing energizes a church like a generation of children who love Jesus.
Opening Doors for the Gospel
Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has established church networks in over 100 countries to empower pastors, train teachers, supply Bibles, and prepare the way for those who preach the Gospel.
Children often invite their parents to attend the churches where they received their shoeboxes. Many struggling families and broken marriages have been restored as mothers and fathers discover how deeply Jesus loves them.
Samaritan’s Purse developed The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson Bible study, especially for children who receive shoebox gifts. We teach them how to live for Jesus and share their faith, multiplying the Gospel among their family and friends.
We are thrilled to have Operation Christmas Child as a Change The World Sponsor at Teach Them Diligently 2015. We will be talking more about their involvement and ways you can get involved in this special ministry in the days ahead.
Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on Teach Them Diligently 365.