For the last few years we have prepared Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. This years experience was a bit different.
I had read the book “Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney and was struck by the stories of how God has used these gifts to transform lives.
I was challenged to pray for the children who would be receiving the gifts, to write letters to them, and to involve my children even more in the process.
As a family we went shopping for the gifts, and the kids had so much fun picking out items for the boxes. They, and my husband, picked out stuff that I never would have and I loved their fresh perspective and the joy they expressed in picking out the gifts.
Back home, I let the kids lose and they had a blast packing the boxes, drawing pictures and writing letters.
Once they were in bed, I spent the next few hours repacking and organizing the boxes (I couldn’t believe how long it took!) and praying for the kids, their families, and the communities that would receive the gifts.
If you aren’t familiar with Samaritan’s Purses’ Operation Christmas Child, I would love to encourage you to get a copy and read “Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney from http://www.samaritanspurse.org/.
I have packed shoe boxes for years and while I certainly hoped, I never realized the extent to which is using this ministry. Praise God for His faithfulness!!
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 (NKJV)