When this year’s shoebox journey began at the end of January I was terrified that we would never pack 2000 boxes but I stepped out of the boat and went for it. Honestly, I am still afraid and every week that we don’t hit the goal that I set I worry.
What I remind myself constantly is that god is way bigger than 2000 shoeboxes and if He wants this to get done it will.
We are way behind where I wanted us to be at this time but we must be exactly where He wants us to be. So here is what I am asking you to bring in May. If He leads you in a different direction, Halleluiah!
May 5 – Soap
May 12 – Children’s Toothbrushes
May 19 – Craft Kits
May 26 – Hair Do-dads
In His service, Jennifer, Cameron and Patience
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.
About 30 of Santa’s elves were hard at work on the morning of November 10th packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Our congregation once again exceeded this years expectations by packing a total of 855 boxes.
Thanks to everyone who came out to pack and fellowship! And a special THANK YOU to Jennifer Wisniewski for organizing this outreach for our church. You are awesome!