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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD, YOU HAVE MY HEART

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Let me tell you about something that is very dear to my heart. My prayer is that once you have read this post, you will also want to join with me and do something to make a difference in our world, and to introduce children to the love of Jesus Christ!
What am I talking about?? OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, that’s what!
Let me answer a few questions right off the bat.
Operation Christmas Child, (OCC), is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, with a mission of providing gifts in shoe boxes for needy children in impoverished, war-torn, desperate circumstances, all over the world. Gifts are given to children ages 2-14 who may otherwise never receive a Christmas, or any other type of gift. Each child only gets one OCC gift box in a lifetime with the primary purpose of the gifting being to introduce children and their families to Jesus, and to show these youngsters that God really does love and care about them.
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OCC began in 1993 when a single phone call for assistance was made to Franklin Graham, (Billy’s son). When Franklin Graham received the desperate phone call asking for help for some children, he admits not expecting to collect many Christmas shoeboxes since it was already rather late in the year! But, he wanted to help, so Mr. Graham made a phone call to the pastor of a church that regularly steps up to help when there is a need. Franklin asked the pastor to pack a shoebox with small gifts and some necessities for a child and show it to his congregation, and ask those in attendance to pack a similar box. The pastor’s wife packed a shoebox which he then demonstrated to his congregation, followed with a request of the members to do likewise. At this point, no one expected to collect more than maybe 100-200 shoeboxes.
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In just under two weeks, Franklin Graham received another phone call! This phone call came from the pastor, asking Mr. Graham to make arrangements to pick up the shoeboxes. Franklin told the pastor that he would send someone over to retrieve the shoeboxes. He was in a state of shock when the pastor told him that a single pick-up truck would not be sufficient since his church had already collected over 11,000 shoeboxes!! Franklin Graham’s contact in Canada had also been collecting shoeboxes and had also collected an enormous amount of the gifts! There was no doubt in any of their minds that this collection of shoeboxes filled with gifts, was God inspired! At the end of two weeks of collecting, over 28,000 shoeboxes had been filled and were ready to ship to some needy children!! That is amazing!
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Since that first collection of shoeboxes, over 100 MILLION shoeboxes have been filled and distributed to needy children all over the world through Operation Christmas Child. With this ministry going into its 21st year, there are many adults now, who received these shoeboxes as children that are involved in the ministry because of the impact that one simple shoebox filled with gifts had on them! The testimonials from these young people is amazing, to say the least.
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I hope this helps you to understand why I love Operation Christmas Child like I do. Quite simply, it is all about helping children!
As I said at the beginning of this post, it is my prayer that you will be inspired to take part in this ministry to help some children. Each shoebox gift is a foot in the door to introduce a child, and his/her family, to the wonderfully, beautiful love of Jesus Christ. They become very aware of that love as soon as they open their shoeboxes! Won’t you please consider becoming a part of this??
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If you are not yet sure whether you want to fill shoeboxes, please be in prayer for this ministry and all the volunteers and staff of OCC and Samaritan’s Purse, as well as the children who receive these gifts, and their families. Pray that they will see and feel the love of God and desire to know more about Him, and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior!!
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In my next post, I’ll tell you how you can help with one simple gift!
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY, HONOR, AND PRAISE!!
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10: 14-15