OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
I have had the wonderful blessing of participating in Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox campaign for the past couple of years and I truly wish I had been doing it for many more! From the first time I filled a shoebox to be sent to a needy child, I just felt something very special! It’s very hard to describe, but it’s like I could instantly feel a connection with the child who would receive my shoebox! I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me the privilege of filling, collecting, and packing in cartons, these simple shoebox gifts that will go to children all over the world who may not otherwise ever receive a gift of any kind.
Let me tell you a little about Operation Christmas Child and the shoebox ministry.
Operation Christmas Child is just one of the ministries created by Samaritan’s Purse, an organization founded by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham.
“The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV).
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/about-us/
The ministry projects of Samaritan’s Purse include:
International Crisis Response
Operation Christmas Child
The Greatest Journey
US Disaster Relief
World Medical Mission
Greta Home and Academy
Children’s Heart Project
Operation Heal Our Patriots
It is Operation Christmas Child that has grabbed my heart and ran away with it!
According to SP’s website, More than 100 MILLION children in over 130 different countries have “experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.”
Think about that for just a minute. We lead such spoiled and selfish lives, we can’t even begin to imagine that many children being so poor that their families cannot EVER give them a gift of any kind!! Sadly, that is reality for so many!! But the great thing is that for practically nothing to us, we can send a gift to a child half way around the world, brighten their lives through a toy, book, or underwear, and introduce them to Jesus Christ and the love He has for each one of us!!
If you don’t believe you have it extremely well, take a look at how some of these children must live.
Do you see his feet? He has no shoes to wear! That’s not a skylight in the roof of his house! Seeing this breaks my heart and really makes me look at what all I have, while thinking I have so little, and give thanks for the many blessings I have! I have numerous pairs of shoes to choose from on a given day. I may not have a skylight, but I do have a roof! I think it’s probably safe to say that I throw away more food in a week than this child sees in a year! Does that not stir your heart? Doesn’t it make you want to DO SOMETHING?? I know it does me!
That’s why I fill shoeboxes. To try to make a difference in the life of a child. Won’t you please consider doing the same? Go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ or http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ and learn about this ministry as well as the other ministries of Samaritan’s Purse. Learn how you can help! Then, pray about it, and finally, DO SOMETHING!!