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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD “GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.”
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD PROJECT AT ST. ANDREW
Each year we encourage our St. Andrew members and friends to participate in Operation Christmas Child by building gift-filled shoeboxes for needy children around the world. Decide if you will be packing shoeboxes for a boy or a girl, then decide the age group: 2-4 years old; 5-9 years old; and, 10-14 years old.
Savvy shoppers know that they can impact more children around the world for eternity by looking for shoebox items throughout the year. During the first six months of the year, we publish in our bulletin announcements and on this Website page a Monthly Guide for you to begin to collect and hold shoebox items which you can use later in the year to actually build your gift-filled shoeboxes.
For the month of February, consider purchasing accessories, like sunglasses, watches, bracelets, hair scrunchies, costume jewelry, etc. We hope you will also pray for the children who will receive your 2020 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes! For additional information about our Operation Christmas Child project, please reach out to Missions Coordinator, Lucy DeBarge, through the church office. Thank you and God bless you!
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
NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK AT ST. ANDREW UMC PHOTOS