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!