Pleasant View General Baptist Church donated 184 boxes to Operation Christmas Child in 2014. Thanks to Laurie McCord and all who donated time, gifts, and money to make this possible. As exciting as it is to see so many shoe boxes donated, it is even more exciting to think about what happens next – The Greatest Journey.
The Greatest Journey is the exciting follow-up discipleship program used by Operation Christmas Child to help children become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
The journey to faith begins when children are offered Gospel storybooks during Operation Christmas Child gift distributions.
The most far-reaching impact comes later, when boys and girls are invited to participate in the voluntary Bible study course produced by Samaritan’s Purse. The materials, printed in over 70 languages, contains colorful illustrations that explain the Good News of Jesus Christ in a simple, engaging style.
The 12-lesson set guides children through a study of who Jesus Christ is, what it means to follow Him, and how to share this exciting message with others. After children complete the program, they are presented with a personalized certificate.
To help these boys and girls continue to grow in their faith, we want to provide them with their very own copies of the Greatest Gift of All New Testament. This special edition also includes selected Old Testament stories, a dictionary, and a section that encourages the children to memorize Scripture.
All of the materials used for The Greatest Journey are provided at the request of local churches and ministry partners.
Millions of boys and girls have indicated that they have committed their lives to Jesus Christ after receiving shoe box gifts and participating in our follow-up program. By sharing their faith one-on-one, these children in turn lead friends and relatives to Jesus Christ. Miracles multiply as more and more families come to Christ and churches are planted in communities where none previously existed.
“I give thanks to God for the opportunity He gave me to study the Bible lessons,” said 14-year-old Gimena from Paraguay. “Through them, many children have met Jesus. I invited my friends to the classes, and many of them received Jesus as their Savior too.”