GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Your shoebox gift was one of 28,882 that have been delivered to children in LATVIA. 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 stories and photos below.
Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.
POPULATION: 2m, of which 300,000 are under 15.
ECONOMY: Latvia suffered the world’s deepest recession when its economy shrank by 25% in 2008-09, with an unemployment rate of 20%. Emigration of young working-age people is a concern for the future of the country.
Our local partners in Latvia reported great joy among those receiving a shoebox. “One girl received her box, and was amazed at everything in there. She even thought the box itself was incredible! Another girl found the toothbrush and toothpaste in the box and declared ‘Now I don’t have to steal toothpaste from my father anymore!’ Another was shocked and couldn’t believe that the whole gift was just for her!” At one distribution in a remote Latvian village the local teachers reported that “the children were so full of joy and happiness that it wasn’t possible to continue classes that day!”
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 Latvia 5 teams are working with 137 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 4,900 children in Latvia 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.
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