Operation Christmas Child

 

Monthly Items for the Christmas boxes.

 

August Items:

 

 

July Items: 

 

We continue to collect items for the shoeboxes. The July list of items are below, BUT if you see something on a prior month list that’s a good deal, go ahead and pick it up.  The goal for this year is to pack 100 boxes. 

Operation Christmas Child Update

 

After moving out of his remote village of Duatra in the Suriname jungle, Romario heard the Gospel for the first time and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Now years later, Romario feels a great burden to share the love of Christ with his home village and other Saramaccan villages, and he is doing so with the help of our Operation Christmas Child ministry.

Duatra will soon become another outreach point for the distribution of shoeboxes, and Romario believes this will open the door for him to share the Gospel with more people who may never get the opportunity to hear it.

 

 

June Items:

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
 
Here’s an update on some of the wonderful things that Samaritan’s purse is doing in Ukraine.  This is a wonderful ministry and we’re blessed to be a part of it!
Samaritan’s Purse works with more than 3,200 churches in Ukraine and just two weeks ago, we delivered some 660,000 Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes to be given out to children through the churches. That is in process. Then the situation within their country took an unexpected turn, and they are under attack. They were holding services, and a teacher was there teaching the children who could get there about the true source of strength and hope that only comes from the Word of God. There are so many wonderful Christian pastors, congregations, teachers, and church workers there today, ministering to their communities in these times of extreme hardship and danger. They care deeply. They are fearless for the Gospel. Will you please join me in lifting them up in prayer through these very difficult days, for God’s protection, wisdom, blessing, and boldness in the midst of trial?
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35, 37-39)
 
Our goal for this year is to pack 100 shoeboxes so that children around the world can learn about love of Jesus.  Please pray for this ministry and consider donating any of the items on the list below. 
 
Tammy Eckstrom and Deb Steigerwald

 

May Items: 

 

 

 

April Items: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

February Items: 

 

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.