There are only three more weeks until collection week (Nov. 12-19) for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project. If you have not started collecting gifts, school supplies, and toiletries, it is not too late to begin. But get started soon! Find a drop off location close to you in these four countries: USA, Australia, UK, Canada.
What difference can a shoe box filled with a t-shirt, a toothbrush and some school supplies really make?
The children who get these boxes are poor. And they are still poor after they get this gift.
Operation Christmas Child is about far more than just the gifts. It is about eternal gifts — the gift of salvation.
Local churches and ministry partners who distribute the shoe boxes give children a copy of The Greatest Gift of All, a booklet that explains the good news of Jesus. Of course, the booklets are in the native language of the recipients. Then there is follow up using The Greatest Journey, a discipleship program for children.
To give children presents is a nice humanitarian gesture. To tell them how to have a relationship with the Creator is true evangelism. And that is what Samaritan’s Purse does through Operation Christmas Child. The shoe boxes are an avenue to to the greater work of sharing about Jesus.
You can provide an inroad for a local church or missionary to share the gospel when you pack a shoe box. It’s so much more than just a toothbrush and a new t-shirt.
As a member of iHomeschool Network’s Samaritan’s Purse Blogger Team, I write about the ministry on a volunteer basis. All posts are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan’s Purse. I am not an employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse. For official information, please see the Samaritan’s Purse website.