Monday, October 6, 2008

BLESSINGS that KEEP ON GIVING



Operation Christmas Child
brings joy to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe. Come together with your family, friends or co-workers and get involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of the Holiday–Jesus Christ.

National Collection Week is November 17-24.

If your church or community does not have anyone participating in Operation Christmas Child, you can go on line to their site and find out how you can take part.

My home church did this every year and last year, I was here and saw first hand the blessings as 1,000 children from just one church reached out to 5 poor colonies and the children of the prisoners w
ith these shoe boxes. Believe me, this ministry blesses many families throughout the world. The needs are great, the blessings are many!














Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Christmas 2007




For excellent Promotional Resouces:
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Promotional_Resources

For step by step suggestions on how to prepare a gift box:
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/

GIFT IDEAS

TOYS
small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS
toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER
Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE
In a separate envelo
pe, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

DO NOT INCLUDE:
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans

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Jill, from Forever N Ever N Always, also has a special way to bless children with bundles in Guatemala. You can find out more by reading her post linked here again this week. Christmas Bundles for Guatemalan Orphanages.
http://forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com/2008/09/christmas-bundles-and-
give-away.html

After you decide to fill a box with blessings, remember to PRAY...pray for the child that will receive it, the family of that child, in fact, pray that it will arrive safely without any problems or delay...no interference and God's protection for all!

“I want to get the word out about Operation Christmas Child and see it grow,” Barlow said. “As it is with anything we do for the Lord, we have to take the first step. When we take that step, God will bless our efforts and give us strength for each step down the road.” Read his full story here!
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/sharing_the_journey/
How one retired school teacher makes it his project to help right at home in USA:BlueRidge Parkway...and YOU can too! Prayerfully, consider bringing joy to a CHILD this year!


7 comments:

Nancie said...

Peggy, thank you for sharing your heart for mission with us. May God continue to use His people to reach out to the needy children that they too may come to know God's saving grace and love.

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement on my post. So sorry that I have not been able to keep in touch very much because I was rather swarmed by various commitments. Still learning to pace myself :) I have not been able to do much visiting except to return visits to those who visited me. Hope when things are more settled then I can visit more of my blogging friends. Really missed every body.

Btw, I understand that you have had some problems with your internet. Glad you are able to post to serve God and encourage us. Do come by and enter in my First Give-away in my WFW and TT post, if you can. Take care and may God grant you a blessed week. I hope to come back and read your other posts soon.

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful ministry this is. Christians are making such a difference in the lives of so many children around the world. Thank you for giving this information.
Have a blessed Monday and a blessed week.

Lori @ Front Porch Legacy said...

I love Operation Christmas Child. Thanks for featuring their goodness today.

Denise said...

Operation Christmas Child is such a precious mission my friend, bless you for sharing.

MyJourneyBack said...

Isn't this a wonderful ministry?
I have seen this before. Thanks for posting it.
I am just now getting to the computer. Cowboy was busy using it most of the day working on our ministry. Maybe next week I can link up.
I was keeping the baby too and just now sitting down.
Dinner's on the stove. I'll read more later.
Love,
Sherry
BTW I forgot. Thanks for coming over to visit me! Blessings to you sweet friend.

Debra said...

Peggy,

We have participated in Operation Christmas Child for many years and it has always been such a blessing!!

Thank you for posting the video, it always just aMAZEs me the gratefulness of these children. It touches my heart so.

I love your sweet heart, my dear sister. Blessings to you. Happy Monday.

Susan said...

Wow, that's such a nice idea, Operation Christmas Child!! Thanks for letting us know Peggy.

How are you these days?

Please drop by, I'm having a give a way!!

Blessings!

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