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Edouard Ndecky

Samaritan's Purse Ambassador


Edouard Ndecky received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox while living in West Africa. His country is predominantly Muslim, which came with challenges of poverty and persecution at times. Growing up, his dad was a pastor and his family didn’t have many material possessions, but they loved one another and always trusted God. When Edouard received his shoebox gift, he felt and learned about the tangible love of Jesus in a special way. To this day, he even has some of the items he received in his shoebox!

Growing up he was very interested in track and field, and became one of the fastest runners his country. While on the way to the 2012 London Olympics, Edouard was left at the airport because his country did not want him representing them due to his outspoken faith. This became national news and gave Edouard the opportunity to boldly share the Gospel in the media throughout his country.

He never game up running, and Edouard came the US to train and compete at a national level. It’s during this time that he discovered the shoebox packing side of Operation Christmas Child and became involved at his local church.

Edouard has a pastoral heart and has been involved in student ministry and pastoring a church for several years in is home of Oneonta, AL. He now serves with Operation Christmas Child full-time, sharing is story and training other shoebox recipients.

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