In northwestern Cambodia along the Thai border, there is a primary school named Ying Api Wat. In January 2011, the students in Primary Class 3 were the recipients of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
Leuk is one such student who received a box early this year. He’s 12 years old and has two brothers and two sisters. Leuk’s mother and father are very happy that their son received such a gift. His mum told us, “Thank you for the gift you gave. My son has never received a gift from anyone, so this is the first time he’s ever opened a Christmas present!”
Leuk is a very talkative young man and he chimed in, “I’m very happy and I love this gift so much. I like the colouring books and the crayons.”
Leuk’s father said that they were Christian but never went to church because the nearest church was 17 kilometres away from his village.
The gift so touched his heart that he decided to start a regular home fellowship group in his home. Isn’t it amazing what a simple shoebox full of small gifts can do for a community?
It’s hard to imagine how just one Operation Christmas Child shoebox could motivate one of the recipients to start a home fellowship group in a Cambodian village… but it did!
Operation Christmas Child gives people a hope and desire to impact their community positively. It leads to development projects like water, sanitation, education and nutrition that transform daily life for many.
So thank you for helping us send these shoeboxes of hope all over the globe. Through your generosity, we’re confident that God is going to continue His wonderful work in thousands of villages just like this one!
To order Operation Christmas Child materials for your church or community group or for more information, please call 1800 684 300 (AUS) 0800 684 300 (NZ) or visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au