It is that time of year again! Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign launches on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Now, more than ever, our partnership with Operation Christmas Child is crucial to demonstrating God's love to kids around the world and reaching them with the Gospel.
For those of you that may be unaware, every year we fill empty shoeboxes to be distributed to children in need around the globe in partnership with Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child. For many children, it is the only gift that they will receive. In addition to blessing the children with these gifts, they are also given an opportunity to hear the Gospel and to participate in The Greatest Journey - a discipleship program to teach them about Jesus - should they chose to participate. Millions of lives have been transformed by Christ through Operation Christmas Child! To see the impact, take a moment to watch the video at the end of this article.
We want to ensure that everyone, whether attending in person or watching online, has an opportunity to participate. For those of you attending our in person service, shoeboxes - along with instructions - will be available for pick up under the overhang just outside the main doors to the church building as you exit the service. If you are unable to pick up a shoebox following the service, shoeboxes will also be available for pick up on October 21, 28 or November 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm under the overhang.
Once you have filled your shoebox, you can bring it back to the church for drop off following the worship service. We may also create additional drop off times depending on the need, so please keep you eyes on the website for further information. Please remember to observe protocols such as physical distancing, and wearing a mask when picking up or dropping off your shoeboxes.
If you are unable to pack a shoebox this year but still wish to participate, you can always visit the Samaritan's Purse Canada website to see how you can pack a shoebox online. You can also donate supplies to help fill shoeboxes during any of the pick up times listed above. And, of course, please pray for the kids who will receive these shoeboxes.
Thanks again, in advance, for your participation in blessing the kids and furthering the advancement of the Gospel!