Thursday

Read the Bible Today

  • Isaiah 13
  • Job 37
  • Colossians 3

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”  

Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.

When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

~Luke 18:42-43~

 

 

Today, I want to focus my comments, and your thoughts and prayers, on Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”.  Franklin Graham began this project 25 years ago to make Christmas better for some of the children in the poorer countries around the world and to give the children a glimpse of the love of people who don’t know them and the opportunity to learn about Jesus and to accept Him into their hearts.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/about-us/

 

Boxes are filled with gifts (school supplies, stuffed animals, toys, hygiene items, etc.) and turned in with a small postage fee.  Believe me, it is small compared to what I pay to ship packages overseas!  Here are some frequently asked questions with answers.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/frequently-asked-questions/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGGJ-B18V_GGLOCC-TGJ-OCCBrandSitelink&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-o_bBRCOARIsAM5NbIObtM92Z3niFFaedkTFwnTPWyck-wAZQhHEfOz7nSEHukUhfkSen08aAli5EALw_wcB

 

There are good instructions for packing shoeboxes on the website.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/

This year, FBC, Kentwood has focused on learning how and what to make/craft for the shoeboxes.  We meet once a month for three hours.  Men, women, teens, and children of school ages all work together.  Our next project day will be Saturday, August 18 from 9 A.M. to noon in the fellowship hall.  Everything will be ready to you.  If you choose to make some items on your own, you might want to look at pages such as this.  http://www.simplyshoeboxes.com/2013/10/simple-pillow-case-style-dress.html

 

During the third week of November, November 12-19 in 2018, you can drop yourboxes off at a collection site.  FBC, Kentwood will again serve as a collection.  As the time gets closer, you can type in your zip code and learn of the nearest collection sites.  At the site, the boxes are packed into large OCC boxes in a special way that allows the most shoeboxes to fit in each box.  Then, the boxes are shipped to the next location.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/

 

There are regional packing centers that check the boxes for items not allowed, such as toothpaste and candy, and add items to boxes that are not completely filled.  I know some people who have done this and hope to do so too one day. If the boxes are not already filled, fillers are added.  Filler are items sent in bulk with the shoeboxes and in a different kind of box.  They can be sent in without any shipping fee since they will be put into boxes that have already had postage paid for them.   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/volunteer-at-a-shoebox-processing-center/

 

Paying the postage fees can be done online or you can simply add your check to the box.  The choice is yours.  If you pay online, you receive a special label that serves as a tracking label so you can learn what country receives your box.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/

 

There are a number of videos you can watch about young adults who received shoeboxes as a child.  The best part is knowing children and families get to learn about Jesus through classes similar to our Sunday School.  It is estimated that one shoebox can give seven people an opportunity to follow Christ.  These stories will touch your heart.                                                                             https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/shoebox-stories-evgeniy-and-the-soap/

David and I are firm believers that Operation Christmas Child is the best program, at this time, to serve this purpose.   We have been involved in sending and even in distributing the shoeboxes internationally.  Last year, I received a letter from a young girl who received one of the boxes I helped to pack, so be sure to write a note with your (first) name and your church address.   This could be the year you hear from a child who receives a shoebox.                                                                                       http://faithfulprovisions.com/letters-for-your-operation-christmas-child-shoebox/

And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

~Luke 18:15-17 ~

 

 

Thanks for “listening” to my heart today!

Anna Lee