Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Greatest Journey

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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.

Operation Christmas Child, the unique international project of Samaritan’s Purse, has delivered more than 85 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy boys and girls in 138 countries worldwide since 1993. These simple gifts demonstrate God’s love to children in a tangible way and provide volunteer national leadership teams, local churches, and ministry partners with the opportunity to share the Good News of Christ.

You can view the first booklet here. Click the right edge of the image to see inside.

To view booklet two

To view booklet three

Mayamiko, an orphan girl in Malawi who lived with her grandmother, is just one of many children whose lives have been changed for eternity. She will never forget the day she received a shoe box full of presents—her very first Christmas gift. But the blessings did not stop with the contents inside the box. Church workers also offered the teenager a Gospel booklet and invited her to participate in the follow-up discipleship program. She was excited to learn more about Jesus through the Bible lessons and in time prayed to receive Him as Lord and Savior. As Mayamiko grew in her faith, she shared the Good News with her grandmother and led her to Christ. Together they began attending services at the local church.

“Since my grandmother and I received Jesus, we continue praying with confidence, knowing that our Father in heaven hears us,” said Mayamiko. “God is good indeed all the time.”

The Greatest Journey begins when children are freely offered Gospel storybooks during Operation Christmas Child gift distributions. The Greatest Gift of All booklets—printed in over 70 languages—contain colorful illustrations that explain the Good News of Jesus Christ in a simple, engaging style.

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 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—the Gospel booklets, Bible study course, and New Testaments—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.”

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