A recent communication received from Franklin Graham states: “In more than 100 countries, Samaritan’s Purse is working to teach precious boys and girls about Jesus through The Greatest Journey–our discipleship program for children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. This year, our goal is to enroll 4.5 million children in this dynamic 12-lesson Bible course to add to the nearly 15 million who have participated in the program since it began in 2009.
“One of these is Kumar, whose alcoholic father used to beat him and even withhold food from him, causing the boy to become very withdrawn. When he was invited to an Operation Christmas Child outreach event, Kumar received a gift-filled shoebox and the best news he had ever heard–that God loves him. It was the first time he had ever heard that anyone loved him.
“He began attending The Greatest Journey classes where he learned more about his Heavenly Father and gave his heart to Jesus. We praise God for the nearly 7 million children who, like Kumar, have repented of their sins and accepted Christ as Savior through this program!
“Now, Kumar is a young evangelist, sharing the Gospel with his friends and family. ‘I want to introduce this loving God to all the children in my village,’ he said. Kumar’s mother and sister have also given their hearts to Christ. Isn’t it wonderful that God is using the testimony of this young boy in India–and many more like him–to proclaim the Good News of eternal salvation? It has always been my prayer that the Lord would use The Greatest Journey to raise up an army of young evangelists.”