(Sarah’s announcement will be coming this morning still ;).)
While we were in Boone, North Carolina on this past trip, we had the opportunity to learn more about Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.
Do you realize that a shoebox filled with gifts for a child could impact him for eternity? When your box is given to a child, he is also receiving a special booklet in his language with the Gospel message. As I listened to our tour guide share about OCC, I was overwhelmed with the amazing answer to prayer even a shoebox can be.
Take this story for example:
A volunteer was handing out shoeboxes, and one shoebox in particular was very heavy. He gave it to a little boy, but when the time came to open it, the volunteer couldn’t see from his viewpoint what was in it. The volunteer was so curious–after all, what could be that heavy? The boy seemed delighted, though, and finally the man was able to get to the boy and ask what was in the box? Tools, the boy told him. Just what he had prayed for!
Think of that. Out of the hundreds of thousands of shoeboxes distributed, and from that same number of children all over the world, this little boy got the items he’d prayed for! Wow!
We’d like to take a moment to encourage you to get involved. Pray about it, and see what your family can do for God’s Kingdom to bless other children. Compiling a shoebox is easy. If you want to make your money stretch further, you can buy some items online in bulk such as cute pencils, erasers, bouncy balls, note pads, etc. Be creative! After Mary heard the story about tools, she wanted to go that route, so last week, she bought tools. The OCC tour guide encouraged buying practical things, too, that could help a child earn money such as fishing equipment (hooks, line, and more) and for girls sewing items. In addition, PRAY, while you shop for your gifts. You can also include a letter to the child with your address .
Go to OCC for more information, because there are certain “dos” and “don’ts”–but two things I can encourage you with, don’t procrastinate and do join the Maxwells in this exciting challenge. There are over 4,000 locations nationwide where you can drop your boxes off between November 17-24th.