Operation Christmas Child: The Greatest Journey

March 26, 2018
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The Greatest Journey is an exciting discipleship program that teaches children to become faithful followers of Christ. The program is offered to children who have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

Did you know that last year, over 229,000 children learned about Jesus Christ through the Bible study offered to children and their families after we distributed gift-filled shoeboxes in their communities?

This Bible study is called The Greatest Journey, and it is offered freely to children by local churches in the days following a shoebox distribution event, provided we have their parents’ or guardians’ approval, and permission from local authorities.

A donation of $6 provides one child with a copy of The Greatest Gift booklet, The Greatest Journey discipleship course, and a New Testament.

In 2017, from shoeboxes sent by Canadians:

  • Over 12,000 The Greatest Journey teachers were trained and equipped
  • Over 229,000 children enrolled in The Greatest Journey classes
  • More than 141,000 children graduated
  • Over 82,000 children trusted Jesus as their Savior
  • More than 77,000 children committed to pray for their non-Christian friends
  • Over 1 million people-including children, parents, and others-heard the Gospel message in many communities where the shoebox gifts were distributed. We share the Gospel where we have permission. All shoebox gifts are offered freely to children, and only when we have the approval of their parents or guardians.

The impact from 2009 to 2017 from shoe boxes distributed worldwide:

  • Over 14.9 million children enrolled
  • More than 10.6 million children graduated
  • Over 6.9 million reported decisions for Christ

Through Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey program, the Gospel is being proclaimed, tens of thousands are coming to Christ, new churches are being planted, and congregations are being encouraged and growing. Please pray for our team and our ministry partners as they continue to reach out and offer support to children, families, and communities in Jesus’ Name.

Every shoebox gift your church packs means one more child will have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.