For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ~Luke 19:10 (NIV)~
Operation Christmas Child is the program that sends “shoeboxes” filled with clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and toys to children around the world. By taking your gifts out of the bulky packaging, you can put more items in the “shoeboxes”. I have a tote on the organ at church that contains some suggestions for purchases. I hope you will check it out and have a great trip shopping. If you attend another church in our area, feel free to go to the office during office hours and ask someone to show you where to look. These are not the only items, but are good ideas of some of the things that can be purchased year-round.
You may want to craft some items: tote bags, jump ropes, bean bags with plastic pellets or small pebbles, pencil pouches, shirts, dresses, pillowcases, lap blankets, etc. You can check Pinterest for many ideas.
Boxes will need $9.00 for postage. Printed materials to introduce the children to Jesus will be added. The printed materials are in the language of the country where the children live. It is not a good idea to send printed materials written in English.
In early November, the boxes can be sent to a collection site. FBC, Kentwood is one of the more local sites for many of you. You can check the OCC site on the computer for more information about sites, packing, deadlines, etc.
Read & Write the Bible Today – Psalms 40: 1-3
Pray for the many people in Ruston and other areas who had tornado damage. Below is a partial list of items you may want to contribute.
Meg is currently on site in Ruston. You can contact her in a few days or the missions office in Franklinton (Bro. Stan).
While I was reading about “No Clothing”, I thought of the Hope Center in Roseland. They accept donations of various kinds, including clothing, Tuesday through Friday 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
I hope you have received some ideas of how you can minister here in Louisiana and around the world. Missions has many faces. Learn to look for opportunities.