Operation Christmas Child
Sharing the Gospel message is at the heart of all that we do through Operation Christmas Child. We are deeply grateful to all of you who faithfully prayed and enthusiastic participated by filling shoe boxes and loading trucks. Over eight million shoe box gifts were collected this past holiday season. Because of churches like ours, boys and girls around the world will now have the opportunity to hear the Good News of God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ!
That’s what makes Operation Christmas Child unique.
The gift does not stop with the shoe box itself. Children are introduced to Jesus through colorful Gospel booklets handed out during the distributions. Local churches invite them to a follow-up discipleship program that includes a series of engaging Bible lessons. Graduates receive a New Testament to encourage them to learn more about the Savior. As they grow in their faith, these same children become witnesses of God’s love in their communities.
One of these children was Oksana Nelson, a Russian girl who received a shoe box at her orphanage ten years ago. The box was the start of great blessings in her life, and today the teenager is passing on those blessings to other hurting kids through Operation Christmas Child. We hope Oksana’s video report will encourage you to know that your gifts are making an impact, both now and for eternity.
Why do we participate in Operation Christmas Child? It is more than a box of trinkets. It is a discipleship program that changes the lives of children and their families.
Packing a shoe box
Have you ever wondered how to pack a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child? Watch the video then check out this page then take the kids shopping and have some fun finding things for another boy or girl.
Where does the shoe box go
Want to know where your shoe box goes once you drop it off at the church? If you use this link to make the donation to cover shipping cost, you will get a special tracking label. Once it is on its way you will receive an email telling you what country will receive your shoe box. Your family can then look up that country and talk about the needs of the people there and the difference your shoe box can make in the lives of a family there.
Thanks again for the wonderful privilege to partner with you in bringing the joyous news of the Savior to boys and girls across the globe.
This video takes you through the life of a shoe box and explains how the volunteers help your local giving have a global impact. Want to be more involved in the process? Below the video is information on your next step.
Year Round Operation Christmas Child Opportunities
To be more involved contact Christy. She will be glad to help you learn about opportunities with Shrewood Oaks and with Samaritian's Purse. You can also go to this page for more information about the Operation Christmas Child opportunities Samaritan's Purse offers. It takes a large team of vounteers working year round reach children like they do.
Content adapted for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child website found here. Video used by permission.
Contact Christy to learn more.