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- Mailing Address: 1528 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08755
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project at St. Andrew! Our church was well represented with more than 200 gift-filled shoeboxes donated by our St. Andrew members and friends. We participate in this annual project in order to bless children in need around the world. Many thanks to all of our St. Andrew donors who packed gift-filled shoeboxes, and who donated gift items and financial donations for our volunteers to pack additional shoeboxes!
Many thanks also to all of our St. Andrew volunteers who participated in our partnership with Operation Christmas Child as a Central Drop-Off Location: Thank you to those who volunteered as Greeters; Hospitality; Shoebox Unloaders, Counters, and Cartonizers; and to our Trailer Team of Volunteers who loaded 834 fully packed OCC Shipping Cartons containing over 12,500 Shoeboxes into 3 trailers!
The temporal benefits of these gift-filled shoeboxes are tremendous; however, the most important aspect of these shoeboxes is the spiritual impact. Each shoebox represents a Gospel Opportunity – the doorway to reach a child with the Gospel of Christ. Learn more about Operation Christmas Child through the nearby articles, or reach out to Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge through the church office.
Thank you and God bless you for your kindness and generosity!
NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK AT ST. ANDREW UMC
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD “GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.”
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. What goes into a shoebox is fun (all of those fun gifts for a child), but what comes out is eternal! Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while their family and friends listen in.
Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. Operation Christmas Child distributes these shoebox gifts to children in desperate situations around the world including boys and girls who suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts.
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click on this link: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20
Thank you and God bless you!