Operation Christmas Child
A project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, whose mission is to provide kids around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
DEADLINE SUMBIT A BOX TO CHBC: NOVEMBER 11th
It is hard to believe it is that time of the year but it is time to begin prayerfully thinking about this ministry to children in over 100 countries. Did you know that last year Samaritan’s Purse shipped these colorful shoeboxes full of toys, toiletries, and clothing to 10.6 million children? There are more than 5,000 collection points. In addition to the gifts you pack in the boxes, Samaritan’s Purse prints and gives each child a booklet containing 11 Scripture Stories Lessons in over 80 languages. For oral-based cultures, the stories are provided on solar-powered MP3 players. Samaritan’s Purse is now reaching children in 50 hard-to-reach countries as well as children in unreached people groups where less than 2% of the overall population professes to believe in Christ.
One of the 10.6 million children reached last year was Kwale from Tanzania. His parents had told him they would buy him a pair of shoes when he became 13 years old. Much to his surprise when he visited a church with his Mom, on that day, shoeboxes were being given out, and he received a pair of shoes that fit him. He now has a pair of shoes. Can you imagine being 13 and receiving your first pair of shoes? Can you imagine the person buying for and packing that box and sensing God wanted them to include a pair of shoes in that exact size?
How can you be part of this ministry this year?:
We need volunteers to pick up, assemble, and return the boxes to the church
Boxes will be available for members to pick up by the end of September
Please return the boxes to the church by November 11th.
Please pray about how many children you and your family will sponsor this year. Would it not be a step of faith for our church to double the number of boxes we send this year? From 225 to 450.
CHBC Coordinator: Dreama Williamson; Staff Resource: Greg Whitlock