Samaritan’s Purse OCC GB weekend training draws record attendance

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) was launched in Grand Bahama over the weekend

Six years ago, Operation Christmas Child (OCC) was launched in The Bahamas.  OCC is one of the largest projects of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, headed by Franklin Graham.  This program provides free gift-boxes and educational booklets to children throughout the World during Christmas time or shortly thereafter.  


The contents of the gift- boxes are categorized as relief aid and are used as a gospel opportunity to win children between the ages of 2-14 to the Lord.


“We, Operation Christmas Child Bahamas, are pleased to be a part of this worldwide program and believe that this partnership would only help us to be better citizens in caring for and discipling the youth of our nation.”  


With this in mind and a goal of reaching children in all the islands in The Bahamas, training events have taken place in Nassau, Eleuthera, Long island, Abaco, Andros, Exuma and Grand Bahama.  


On January 27 and 28, over 160 participants took part in Ministry Partner and The Greatest Journey (TGJ) training in Grand Bahama, representing all churches wanting to be a part of this powerful program.  


This training was held at the Access Training Center, East Sunrise and Coral Road on Friday, and on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at A Social Affair Convention Center, (formerly Le Chateau on the Green).  


Operation Christmas Child, Bahamas brings Good News and Great joy to children in need through a simple shoebox filled with gifts.  The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. 


So far, the project has touched hundreds of children’s lives in Grand Bahama, Nassau, Abaco, Exuma, Andros, Long Island, Eleuthera, Exuma and a small percentage in Cat Island.  “We are still reaching out to children who have not received a shoebox gift throughout the Bahama Islands. This year, our goal is to reach 20-thousand children, adding the islands of Bimini, Cat Island and Inagua, while completing the coverage in islands we have already started.   After the distribution of the shoebox gifts, OCC is committed to discipling children to faith in Jesus Christ and sharing Him with others through TGJ, a 12-week discipleship course, this can help the children become better, productive citizens of The Bahamas.


“We have a six-member National Leadership Team in The Bahamas, consisting of the National Coordinator for The Bahamas, Karen Armbrister; National Discipleship Coordinator, Charlene Wright; National Church Mobilization Coordinator, Shervin Green; National Prayer Coordinator, Mervin Henfield; National Logistics Coordinator, Raymond Simozne; and National Resource Coordinator, Harveyann Newbold.


“We also have regional Leadership teams on the various islands, consisting of four to six members, reflecting the NLT positions. Ministry Partner and The Greatest Journey Discipleship trainings will continue through March and distribution events will be held in February and March.


“The Operation Christmas Child Bahamas team of volunteers continues to focus on building a better Bahamas by investing in the greatest resource of The Bahamas, our children. If your church is not participating or has no knowledge of the program, please contact us via email at : or look us up on Facebook: Operation Christmas Child Bahamas.”


Published  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 


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