Operation Christmas Child (Ends of the Earth)
4 days to REACH 2015. Today we are featuring Operation Christmas Child which is a Ministry Project for Samaritan’s Purse. They serve the Ends of the Earth (International communities and people).
Mission Statement: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!
As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language.
Their shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and give them an opportunity to experience the love of God.
After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program. They learn from trained local volunteers what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others.
How to pack a shoebox:
• Start with a shoebox
• Decide on a boy or girl and the age: 2-4, 5-9, 10-14
• Fill with gifts
• Pray for the child who will receive your gift
• Donate $7 to ship your box (either online or place money in box)
• Drop off your box at a relay center between November 16 – 23
Learn more about Samaritans Purse and Operation Christmas Child at: www.samaritanspurse.org/occ