PRAISE AND THANKS
- Give thanks for 678,942 shoebox gifts collected in the UK in 2017 and over 11 million worldwide!
- Praise God for the millions of children that will get to hear about Jesus this year through Operation Christmas Child outreach events and The Greatest Journey follow-up bible discovery programme.
- Praise God for over 700,000 teachers trained to deliver the Greatest Journey and over 15 million children enrolled since the programme began.
- Give thanks for the special impact that a recent Vision trip had on one of our UK volunteers. At an outreach event in Albania, she witnessed a girl in hospital receiving a shoebox gift which she recognised as being one that she processed in the UK. She was touched by the experience and seeing first-hand the joy brought by a simple gift of love from someone in her region.
UK STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Please pray for Operation Christmas Child volunteers and staff, that we would be of one vision and that we would give God the glory for all that we do in and through the ministry of OCC.
- Pray that volunteer teams will grow in relationship with one another and that there will be a spirit of unity across all teams.
- Pray that God will rise up new men and women keen to serve Him and further His kingdom through the ministry of Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey.
- Pray for a smooth transition for our new North West of England Regional Manager.
- Pray for the recruitment of North East of England Regional Manager and contractor to set up a UK Leadership Development Program.
- Pray for our UK Connect Conference on the 23rd-25th March 2018. Pray for registrations, our guest speaker and other staff members as they prepare to lead and for each attendee to be inspired and encouraged in their role.
OUR GLOBAL OCC FAMILY
- Pray for the staff and volunteer teams in each OCC sending country: US, Canada, Germany, Australia & New Zealand, Finland, Faroe Islands, Japan and Spain.
- Pray for Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey volunteer teams and ministry partners in over 100 countries worldwide!
Prayer points from UK shoebox receiving countries:
- Praise the Lord for the selection of the new OCC regional teams in Liberia. These volunteers have accepted the call to increase children’s ministry throughout the country.
- Please pray for the distribution of gift shoeboxes to various regions of Liberia. May the children receiving these gifts see the love of the Almighty.
- We praise God for all who collected and sent shoeboxes and that the gifts successfully cleared through customs.
- We praise God for new churches that adopted The Greatest Journey this year.
- Pray for OCC to serve as a unifying factor for the churches in the country.
- Please pray for The Greatest Journey courses that have started or will be starting soon that God empowers the teachers and touches the lives of the children attending.
- Please pray for continued relationships with children and their families after The Greatest Journey courses have finished.
- We praise the Lord for the 240 children of refugees who received gifts and were able to hear the Gospel.
- We praise the Lord that at the end of March this year we will celebrate 20 years of OCC in Bulgaria.
- We praise the Lord for the many children and families who have been touched and transformed by His love.
- Praise God for the successful distribution and blessed time we had with the Vision Team from the UK.
- Praise God for the hard work of our partners in reaching new kids with shoe shoeboxes this year.
- Please pray for the process of recruiting a new National Church Mobilization Coordinator.
- Thank God for churches who have been partners for a few years and are serving well.
- Thank God we have had a blessing in distributing gifts and being able to share about Jesus.
- Please pray that God will touch the life of each child attending The Greatest Journey this year.
- We’re worshiping God for our new partners from our all regions of the country.
- Please pray for all the children that are starting The Greatest Journey course.
- Please pray for several new coordinators in various regions.
- Praise God for around 100 volunteer leaders around Ukraine who are committed to serve through the ministry of OCC.
- Praise God for 20 Ministry Partner trainings and many more trainings for TGJ teachers that continue to take place.