Operation Christmas Child


                                           Shoe box Destinations

Last October, Bethesda packed 50 shoeboxes. Since each had a tracking label attached, we can find out where our shoeboxes went. Children in Columbia, Honduras, and South Africa received shoeboxes that we packed!
Colombia is the only country in South America to border both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Its geography ranges from snow capped volcanoes in the Andes Mountains to beautiful beaches on the coast. Samaritan’s Purse started delivering Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children here in 2003. Many of the recipients were Venezuelan migrants—crossing the border with their parents as they desperately search for a way to provide for their families
Honduras is located in Central America and is one of the poorest nations in the region. Devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the country has rebounded in part due to its production of sugar cane, tropical fruit, and coffee. Samaritan’s Purse began delivering Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to Honduran children in 1996.
South Africa is a bustling nation of 55 million people nestled at the southernmost tip of the continent, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The country surrounds the small nation of Lesotho. Samaritan’s Purse began distributing gift-filled shoeboxes there in 1997. There are many children there suffering from HIV and extreme poverty.
Please don’t stop praying for the boy or girl that you first lifted up when you packed your shoe box. Continue to ask God to soften his or her heart to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that he or she will follow Him all the days of their life. Pray also for families and entire communities to be transformed as God’s love is shared through your simple gift.