Today Dania Yadago Andraos joins Perry and Shawna. Dania grew up in severe poverty in the Middle East. Her family was the only Christian family in their Muslim village and they suffered much persecution for their strong faith in Jesus.
The year that Dania received a shoebox through Operation Christmas Child her life and her family’s journey was changed forever. Today Dania works with Operation Christmas Child, telling her own story and helping children around the world discover God’s love through OCC!
First Dania shares what it was like growing up in her Middle Eastern village. Then she shares how she fell in love with Jesus as a child. Next Dania takes us to that moment when she opened her Christmas Shoebox: It was a springboard into a brand new life! Then she shares how the reality of Jesus came to life as she opened her shoebox.
Next Dania shares the most precious gift that was in her shoebox, it was like oxygen for an astronaut! Then she shares her family’s journey to America but how it almost didn’t happen when a police officer came to her home to execute her dad. It’s a miraculous story of God changing this police officer’s heart!
Next Dania, now in America, set foot in the Operation Christmas Child warehouse and looked with wonder at where her new life had begun. Then Dania shares how her story reached full circle as she handed out shoeboxes to children in the Philippines!
And finally, find out how 11,000,000 million children have put their faith in Jesus through OCC’s Greatest Journey Discipleship ministry. Find out how you can help change lives through OCC!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.