'The other thing that God has really shown me through receiving a shoebox is that He was already reaching out to me years before I knew and accepted Him. This for me is so important, because the biggest thing I’ve had to learn is that I do not have to strive for His love or earn it.' Pille grew up in Estoni
The things inside the shoebox can get old, dirty, worn out, broken or run out but the feelings that the shoebox caused within me would outlast them. I remember the hope, happiness, kindness and the sense of wonder I felt. Bogdan remembers receiving a shoebox as a child in Romania.
A simple shoebox; you might think that it is impossible to make a difference. But God will use the smallest and most insignificant things to lift us up, to draw us closer to Him. Nicoleta shares some of the impact of her shoebox, which played a part in directing the course of her life.
Growing up in a Christian family in communist Romania led to experiences of being an outcast in society. Rebeca shares how receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox had the profound effect of giving her a sense of belonging to a wider family.
Jaki And Her Toothbrush
I can attest to the need to put toothbrushes in shoebox gifts—I shared one with nine other girls in a Guatemalan orphanage.
Josh’s Shoebox Story
I was 9 years old when I sent a shoe box through my school for the Operation Christmas Child campaign. In my shoebox, I put in a short note about myself and wished them a happy Christmas, also I added my name and address to the note. Christmas 1996 came and my shoe box along with thousands of others were delivered to