Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in the Middle East!
Your shoebox gift was one of 24,012 sent to the Middle East. We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began distributions.
Due to the political and religious sensitivities within some of the countries we deliver to, and for the safety of our ministry partners living in these restricted areas, we cannot divulge the names of the countries.
One of our international representatives described the power of these simple shoebox gifts:
“In the very restricted environments, we can’t have local believers out being vocal about their faith. A shoebox becomes a key to a closed door. I desire to be involved in the work of love. In the remote areas where people have nothing, where people are dirt poor, this box gives them hope. This is love. True love. This opens the eyes of the people. Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness but have the light that leads to life (John 8:12).’ Through Operation Christmas Child, God has given us the opportunity to penetrate the darkest places in this world.”
Some of our favourite photos from around the world:
ONE OF OUR PARTNERS SAID:
“Both children and adults felt God’s love and were filled with joy. They were thankful and happy. Distribution of the gift boxes helped our church to build stronger relationships with the community.”
Dania received a shoebox gift as a child while living in the Middle East.
‘I’d never received a gift of any kind before. When I eventually received my box, nothing mattered more to me. It put a joy in my heart that I’d never had before.
Before I could open it, I had to walk about an hour home because we couldn’t afford a taxi.
When I finally opened my shoebox gift, I was speechless. Everything in there was brand new! I found pencils, an activity book, a calculator, a teddy bear, and soap that smelled so good. It hit me that this was the answer to my prayer. These items were my own from people we didn’t even know.
Inside the shoebox was another surprise—a tiny radio! Out of a million shoeboxes, this one came to my family the year we prayed for a radio. We all knew this could not happen apart from God.’
THE IMPACT OF A SHOEBOX:
Every shoebox gift matters! Watch this very special message—to you—from shoebox recipients around the world.
THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!