GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Your shoebox gift was one of 3,000 that have been delivered to children in LITHUANIA. 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.
COUNTRY INFO: Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. After Lithuania joined the European Union, emigration became a big problem in the country. Lack of jobs and low salaries are the driving factors. All three Baltic States had a rollercoaster ride through the global economic crisis in 2008-09, with Lithuania faring only a little better than its neighbours. Unemployment remains at 12%.
POPULATION: 3m, of which 450,000 are under 15.
A GIRL AND HER BABY DOLL
The family of an eight year-old girl was expecting a new baby. Her mother and father were so concerned about this new family member’s arrival. Their other daughter felt neglected, missing her parent’s attention. Around that time, the little girl was invited by a local church to come to an event, where she was given an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. When she opened the shoebox, she found a baby doll in it! She was overjoyed and exclaimed, “Now I will also have a baby, like mummy! I will take care of my baby, just like my mummy! How did God know that we are expecting a baby?” A big change happened in the girl’s heart when she found this doll in her box – she knows God’s love, and is now happily awaiting her new brother or sister.
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 Lithuania 3 teams are working with 27 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 1,060 children in Lithuania 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.