Operation Christmas Child

 

Monthly Items for the Christmas boxes.

 

May Items: 

 

 

 

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March Items: 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD UPDATE

 

Thank you to all of you who have donated items for the shoeboxes.  I wanted to share this picture of children receiving their boxes. Here’s the post on Facebook:

The details are good, but the greatest gift is Jesus | Today all of our children received their first discipleship class “The Great Adventure” thanks to Samaritan’s Purse & Operation Christmas Child for blessing the children, through this many children received Jesus as their Savior.

As promised, we are providing a list of items for purchase in March.  But remember that if you find a great deal on something – don’t leave it at the store just because it’s not on this month’s list! Many of these items cost less than $5 so you can buy more than one. If you would like to participate but can’t get out to shop for any reason, you can also give $5 to Tammy Eckstrom or Deb Steigerwald and they will shop for you. As you shop, bring items in and give to Tammy or Deb or place on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

 

 

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History of Operation Christmas Child 

 

In the summer of 1993, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham received a call from a man in England asking if he’d be willing to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in war-torn Bosnia.  Franklin agreed, but figured Christmas was months away. He forgot about the promise until he received a call back around Thanksgiving asking about the gifts. 

Franklin asked his friend, the late Pastor Ross Rhodes of Calvary Church of Charlotte to see if he could help with the need. A Sunday shortly afterward, Pastor Rhodes demonstrated for his congregation how to fill a shoebox with simple gifts and encouraged them to include a letter to the child as well. Within weeks, the church has 11,000 shoeboxes lining their hallways. 

Due to their generosity and additional gifts from Canada, Samaritan’s Purse sent 28,000 shoebox gifts to children in the Balkans that Christmas. Through these gifts, we communicated to children and their families what the angel said to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth:  “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10, ESV). 

Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world. Since 1993, more that 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, it is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love. 

Tens of thousands of volunteers from local churches around the world partner with us to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at festive outreach events where children are surprised with these shoebox gifts. 

Operation Christmas Child at Prince of Peace 

 

Last year, for the first time, members of Prince of Peace came together to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The goal was to fill 24 shoeboxes and get so experience with the program. But God works in mysterious ways and the outpouring of thankfulness from the congregation and preschool families was tremendous. In total, we packed 55 shoeboxes, prayed over the boxes and sent them on their way. Thank you to all those who donated items and/or money for postage, those who packed the boxes and those who offered their prayers that these boxes are a blessing to the children who received them. 

We’re excited about continuing this project in the future. Please pray that God continues to bless our efforts to share the gospel with children around the world. 

For more information, Please visit Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child

 

 

 

 

The $5 Shoebox

 

If we asked you to go shopping in November and buy $55 worth of shoebox items, most of you would think “That’s a little much, I don’t think I could afford that.” But what if we asked you to spend just $5 each month on items, most of you would say “well, that much I could do….. But what should I buy?”


This year we encourage all of you to go on a $5 shopping spree each month for items to pack in this year’s shoeboxes. At the beginning of each month, we will hand out a shopping list with suggestions of things you can buy. Each month will have a theme such as school supplies or hygiene, but remember, these are just suggestions. If you find a great deal on something – don’t leave it at the store just because it’s not on this month’s list! Many of these items cost less than $5 so you can buy more than one. If you would like to participate but can’t get out to shop for any reason, you can also give $5 to Tammy Eckstrom or Deb Steigerwald and they will shop for you. As you shop, bring items in and give to Tammy or Deb or place on the table in the Fellowship Hall.