This past week was collection week at our church for Operation Christmas Child. Our church serves as a Relay Center for our community. One of our Ladies' Sunday Bible Study classes has collected items since this time last year! We try to get young and old involved in such a worthy endeavor for ministering to children all over the world with a simple gift and to hear the Gospel presented in their native language.
I have been in many foreign countries in the past few years and for the most part, the children have next-to-nothing. I have seen children gather for hours knowing they were going to get a pencil or a toothbrush. How many of even the poorest children in our country would do that?
However, most can not go but that doesn't mean you can't participate by filling a shoebox and fulfilling God's command that we spread His love throughout the world!
We ran out of cartons to pack the individual boxes!
We delivered 435 boxes this year! I love this ministry and I challenge you to get your family involved in filling a shoebox next year if you didn't this year! What a great way for parents to teach your child to share. Let them pick a child their own age to buy for and let them save a little money all year or buy a few things all year to fill a shoebox next November.