Gift Giving

In November we were involved in a fun “shoebox” ministry called Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse program. Here’s a little bit about it from the official site or you can click on the link above:

8 MILLION CHILDREN received the shoe boxes last year. OVER 130 COUNTRIES have received shoe boxes since 1993. ONE MISSION:To demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

When I first heard about this opportunity several years ago, I was immediately attracted to the idea of purchasing all of the items a child would like or need that would fit into a shoebox. The challenge alone intrigued me. I couldn’t wait to see just how much could you cram into one box for a child in need. I really like beginning the gift giving season with this small way of giving back. It feels good. This year we included contact information inside the shoe boxes, offering a chance to possibly hear back (help of an interpreter) from the recipient, who may be on the other side of the world!

You can decorate the boxes as much or as little as you like. Or not at all.

Here is the second batch of boxes, loaded up and on their way. Does anyone else participate in this Christmas shoe box ministry or maybe another one? Please write me about it or leave a comment.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

6 thoughts on “Gift Giving

  1. What a great way to share the joy of the season. I’m going to check it out and make it project to share with my grandkids. It’ll be a grand afterschool activity. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Our church and others here in the Metroplex of Dallas/Fort Worth also participate in this ministry. It’s exciting!

  3. Hey! I found this blog ( looking for Christmas inspiration) and had to reply. I go to First Baptist Church in Desoto, MO and my Sunday school class enjoys participating in this fun and worthwhile project. I use plastic boxes because they last longer, are stronger for shipping and the kids can use them for many years for other things. I will have to try decorating them now!!!

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