A Young Girl Comes to Faith and Family Follows

December 3, 2019 • Philippines

A child in the Philippines places her faith in Jesus Christ after receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and participating in The Greatest Journey.

The Greatest Journey

When Athena was 8 years old, she received a gift-filled shoebox through Operation Christmas Child. Living in an impoverished area of the Philippines, the young girl had never received such a present.

Athena began to learn about how much God loves her when she read The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients. She was so excited to learn more about God that she then participated in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship course.

Not only did Athena become a Christian during The Greatest Journey, but some of her family members have also trusted in Jesus Christ. We praise God for how He’s working and expanding His Kingdom!

Watch the video above for more about Athena’s life-changing story.

More than 13 million children across the world have graduated from The Greatest Journey since it began 10 years ago in Ecuador. Nearly 9 million boys and girls have made decisions for Christ. We’ve also trained more than 920,000 volunteer teachers to lead The Greatest Journey.

As children come to faith, they are then sharing the Gospel with family and friends. We praise God that these evangelism efforts are resulting in the multiplication of believers as well as churches.

National Collection Week was November 18-25, but you can still help bring Good News and great joy to a child in need by building a shoebox online.

Please pray for the millions of children worldwide who will be receiving shoeboxes in the coming weeks and months. Pray for God to open their hearts and that whole families and communities will be changed by the power of the Gospel.

Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.(Matthew 9:37-38). God is answering those prayers through The Greatest Journey, the discipleship program Samaritan’s Purse offers for boys and girls who receive shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child. We train teachers and supply local churches with everything they need—including Bibles for graduates. Through The Greatest Journey, over 3.8 million children have prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, and 4.2 million have promised to prayerfully share the Gospel with friends and family.
The Greatest Journey Jesus reminds us that the Kingdom of God is filled with people who have childlike faith. “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). We praise God that more than 17 million children have made decisions for Christ through The Greatest Journey. When they graduate, we present them with the New Testament in their own language so they can continue to grow in their faith and share Jesus with friends and family members. Your gift of $6 per child will enable us to train local volunteer teachers and provide all the materials for the 12-lesson course, including the graduation Bibles.

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Suggested Gift: $6, or $6,000 for a thousand children