Monday, November 17, 2014

OCC - Shoeboxes of Joy

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.”

This is National Collection week for Operation Christmas Child - a branch of Samaritan's Purse. The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child.

In 2014, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children through the Operation Christmas Child project. Shoebox gifts are collected in the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 100,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts. Samaritan’s Purse will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents. More than 2.8 million children have participated in The Greatest Journey, the 12-lesson discipleship program created by Samaritan’s Purse for children who receive Operation Christmas Child gift boxes. The Greatest Journey is one of the largest discipleship programs in the world, implemented through a global church network to help children know and follow Jesus Christ.

This week I will share about this wonderful outreach for the Kingdom reaching children with the good news of Jesus Christ. For many years my wife and I have taken an active part - from packing a shoebox to collecting to encouraging others to be a part. Reaching a young person can help to shape and change the world.

Today, spend some time praying for this collection week. Pray for those packing boxes, transporting boxes, and for those who will receive these boxes.

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