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Operation-Christmas-Child Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands—on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.

Each year, gaily wrapped shoe boxes are taken by our church family and filled with toys, candy, and love and then shipped off to a regional distribution center where the story of Jesus is placed into each box in the language of the child that is intended to receive it. The boxes are then sent all over the world and into the hearts and hands of children.

Below is a letter received from the parents of a little girl in Russia.

 

Russia - From the parents of Nina

Dear friends,
We are thankful to the Lord for your kind hearts. God made a miracle and showed His love and care for our daughter through you. She had been dreaming about a teddy bear! She asked us many times to buy her one, but we couldn’t afford it. All we could do was to pray and believe that God would answer her prayers.

She prayed every night before going to bed about a teddy bear, and she dreamed about having one and singing lullabies to him.

She got so excited when she received a gift and opened the box. There was a teddy bear inside the box! Just like the one she had been dreaming about. There were also many other toys, crayons, and candies. God fulfilled the need tremendously. It was a great example of God’s love to our daughter. Now she understands that it is very important to open up your heart and bless someone—to serve someone. Tonight before she went to bed she prayed and asked God to bless those who sent her such a wonderful gift. Then she embraced her teddy bear and fell asleep.

 

Join us in sharing God's love with the world through Operation Christmas Child. Contact the church office or see our calendar for receive dates for boxes. For more information, visit Samaritan's Purse or Operation Christmas Child.

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