Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OCC - The Back Story

Matthew 19:14 (NKJV) - Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

The concept of Operation Christmas Child began on October 10,1990, when Dave and Jill Cooke of Wrexham, Wales were watching a broadcast on Romanian orphanages. They asked the question: How can we help the real victims, the children, who live in these situations day after day? They knew they could not stop the wars, but they could offer something – the gift of love. Together, they filled a convoy of nine trucks with medical supplies, food, clothing and Christmas gifts for children, and headed into Romania, which had recently been devastated by war. This was the beginning of the world’s largest children’s Christmas program. In 1993, Franklin Graham, International President of Samaritan’s Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child. Since then, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been delivered to hurting children in more than 135 countries.

Since we were introduced to this ministry, my wife and I have felt our hearts challenged to help reach out to children over the world who may never hear the good news about Jesus without someone taking it to them. Helping them to discover a loving God by receiving a gift from a loving Christian is a blessing that cannot be resisted. Over the years working with Montrose Christian School and the Child Development Center in Rockville, MD. we have been blessed to see many boxes collected and delivered. Moving to North Carolina we have been able to continue this work with Christ the Cornerstone Academy and New Hope Baptist Church in Laurinburg. Working as the Collection center for the area, my wife has been able to continue to to help reach the children.

If you haven't been a part - now is the time to get involved. Go to  http://operationchristmaschild.org and find out how to pack a shoebox and where to take it in your area.

Muse over the truth of Christ's great work, and how you could be a part of this great opportunity.

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