From a shoebox to the 'Greatest Journey'

Friday, December 1, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Operation Christmas Child logoThe Samaritan's Purse program Operation Christmas Child is leading many children to take on the greatest journey of their lives.

After children from all over the world open up their shoebox gift, they have the opportunity to enroll in “The Greatest Journey.”

In nearly 100 countries, this is the follow-up discipleship program that equips the local church to help children learn about Christ's love and become faithful followers of the Lord.

Buddy Smith, senior vice president of American Family Association, has seen this discipleship program first hand when he and his wife distributed shoebox gifts to children in Quito, Ecuador. 

Smith

Smith says the Bible study course is in the child's native language.

"There are references there to situations that they're familiar with in their day-to-day life, so application is easily made," Smith says.

As a result of the program, more than five million children have made decisions to follow Christ, and new churches are being planted.

"I can't think of anything more beneficial we could do for one of these children than to place ‘The Greatest Journey’ in their hands and into care of the local churches that are following up with these young people,” says Smith.

The cost of providing one child with the Bible study materials is $6.

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