Operation Christmas Child is a hands on way for Canadian's and other countries to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, etc. The boxes are collected in November, checked and prepared for transit at a local processing centre and then distributed in the name of Jesus Christ to children in over 100 countries throughout the year.
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There are still so many people worldwide that still need to hear the Good News and Great Joy of Jesus Christ. Operation Christmas Child's mission is to do that by distributing gift filled shoeboxes in the name of Jesus Christ to children in over 100 countries. OCC is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse which exists to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the gospel.
Operation Christmas Child equips local churches and ministry partners to provide teacher training to teach the 12 lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey. For every 25 shoeboxes packed, 4 children come to know Jesus as Lord through the follow-up discipleship lessons. Worldwide over 10,000,000 shoeboxes were packed in 2018. The Lord is doing great things as we share the gospel with these beautiful young souls. Many of the children that have received shoeboxes have gone on to minister to their own communities and continue to make an impact for the gospel.
Last year in Canada, 517,437 shoeboxes were packed, with 36,164 coming from Manitoba. At Albright Church, we packed 164 shoeboxes, which translates to 27 children coming to know the Lord Jesus through them!
Please continue to pray for Operation Christmas Child and the children receiving the shoeboxes that God's name would be glorified in all the earth through these simple gifts. If you are interested in packing a shoebox, they can be done through the year on-line or during the fall collection time. Operation Christmas Child also has many other volunteer opportunities available on their webite.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20