Monday, October 31, 2011
Operation Christmas Child is a division of Samaritan's Purse ministry. Through this program, you can pack a shoe box(es), with Christmas gifts for a child in another country. More than likely, this may very well be the only gift that child has received in his/her entire life! There have been many testimonials from those whose lives have been radically transformed, from those who have received a shoebox the past. Giving a tangible gift to those in need, is symbolic of Christ's free, life-transforming gift of Salvation. Those who receive a shoebox gift are given a Bible, as well as the opportunity to take a Bible class for twelve weeks, in which the Gospel message is presented to them. The gift and then the Bible class have been tools that God has used to bring many to Him. Making the time to pack a showbox may seem simple, but is such a gift of love that can, through Christ's grace, me instrumental in changing a life. We may not be able to help every child, but we can start somewhere. How about making a commitment to pack just one box, this year, to help one child? The boxes will be collected November 14-21 at various locales across America. To find your closest shoebox drop off point, visit here.
Here is a video showing how one woman's life was transformed through receiving a box. She has traveled with Samaritan's Purse to pass out shoeboxes to other children.
I think this could be one of the best homeschooling experiences, we will do this fall! Not only will it be fun going on a shopping spree for someone else (even getting a few items at the Dollar Store would be a huge blessing to a child), but you can also learn geography because you can track which country your box is going to. So, this project can help teach your family the joy of giving and geography!
Some families have box-filling parties, where one family member brings 10 toothbrushes (one for each box), another brings 10 t-shirts, another brings 10 tennis balls,etc. Imagine what a blessing it would be to have a party (complete with yummy drinks and goodies) while filling boxes with gifts for children in need. What a blessing that would be!
Posted by Christine at 12:37 PM