GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Your shoebox gift was one of 55,800 that have been delivered to children in LIBERIA, West Africa. 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.
POPULATION: Around 4.2 million and 42.75% are 14 years or less
COUNTRY INFO: The Republic of Liberia is West Africa’s oldest republic founded by freed slaves in 1847. From 1989 till 2013 there was a fierce and long-running civil war with up to 250,000 killed. The infrastructure was left in ruins following the war, with few roads, and no running water or electricity available in many areas. Unemployment remains at 85%. Rubber production has been an important element of the economy since Firestone opened a rubber plantation on land granted by the government in 1926.
In 2013 there was an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, killing 11,300 mainly from Liberia. In a country with already limited infrastructure the epidemic wreaked havoc and the country is still in the process of recovery. SP are working to support the survivors who continue to deal with the painful consequences of the illness and the stigma attached.
Princess, is a little girl who was initially so shy that she did not open her box with the other children. Instead, she held onto it tightly and ran outside to open it with her friends and family. As she explored each item and passed it to her mother, her face began to change. She took an immediate liking to a pink, glittery ball and a heart shaped lip gloss, which she carried around with her until they went off home. This box was definitely meant just for her!
SHOEBOXES BRING HOPE
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 4 teams are working with 369 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 16,500 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.