For more than 20 years, Susing had prayed for the people in her village in the Philippines. Most everyone in the village belonged to a cult, led by a false leader. Susing’s parents disapproved of her faith in Jesus and her mother used to beat her because she was a believer.
When the Pastor from a nearby village asked if he could bring shoeboxes, it seemed to be the answer to Susing’s prayers.
More than 40 children in the village who participated in the Greatest Journey have prayed to receive Jesus. They are sharing their faith with their parents. Many in the village, including Susing’s father, the village chief, and two of her children, have come to know Christ as a result. Many more have left the cult. One child, Mylin, was saved and now spends her time reading the bible to her mother, Bibit, who is illiterate. Bibit, too, was saved.
There have been other changes in the village too. Alcoholism is less prevalent. Children obey their parents, are kind to their siblings and they obey in school. Pastor Ramos still comes each week to teach Sunday school to young and old alike. All from the gift of a shoebox.
I was astonished last year to learn that with every one hundred shoeboxes handed out through samaritan’s Purse, 14 children are saved. Each of those children often then becomes the tool that God uses to save others in their family, school, or village. So much can happen through a simple shoe box. What can happen with 800? We are on track to pack all 800 this year but there are certainly still things that we need. Below is the list of the items I hoped to collect this year. Some are all done, some need some serious work. This is the ideal – not the be all and end all list. I don’t think we have ever hit the “ideal” yet but somehow the boxes get packed and shipped and God’s work is done. Feel free to buy as much or as little as you like (more is better but every little bit helps).
In these last two months we need to concentrate on toys, games, ball, nail kits, tools, etc. In other words, the fun stuff. As always, if money donations are easier for you, I am happy to do the shopping. 😊
If you have any questions you can email me at email@example.com or call me at 678-513-8116. As always, thank you so much for your willingness to help.
In His service, Jennifer Wisniewski
|Category||Item||Total Number Needed||Age group||Number on Hand||Still Needed|
|School Supplies||Crayons||300||2 to 4||382||0|
|School Supplies||Pencils 3 each||2400||all||2401||0|
|School Supplies||Pencil Sharpeners||800||all||792||8|
|School Supplies||Colored Pencils/Markers/Water Colors||500||5 to 9, 10 to 14||333||167|
|School Supplies||Scissors (5-9)||200||5 to 9||0||200|
|School Supplies||Notebooks||500||5 to 9, 10 to 14||217||283|
|School Supplies||Solar Calculators||300||10 to 14||7||293|
|School Supplies||Coloring Pads/Books||300||2 to 4||0||300|
|School Supplies||Scissors (10-14)||300||10 to 14||0||300|
|School Supplies||Pens 2 each||1000||5 to 9, 10 to 14||649||351|
|School Supplies||Erasers 1 each||800||5 to 9, 10 to 14||27||773|
|School Supplies||Pencil Cases||800||5 to 9, 10 to 14||0||800|
|School Supplies||Rulers||800||5 to 9, 10 to 14||1|
|Toiletries||Hair Doodad Packages||200||girls||152||48|
|Misc.||Stuffed Animals||500||all, girls||357||143|
|Misc.||Hats, Scarves, Gloves & Socks|
|Misc.||Craft Kits||5 to 9|
|Misc.||Craft Kits||10 to 14||35|
|Misc.||Craft Kits||2 to 4||14|