Christmas in July by Darlinia Rickert
“I want every child to know there is a God who loves them.” Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse. That is what happens when your shoebox reaches the hands of a child world-wide through Operation Christmas Child.
A $9 donation per box provides “The Greatest Gift”-Gospel booklets which are written in the childrens’ language and given with the shoeboxes. This is Kojo’s story, Ghana, West Africa: “I don’t have the yo-yo anymore. I don’t have the cars or the pencils either, but I have one thing that has not changed; “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” The shoebox gave me all I need, and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Waisea Liwaiono’s story: He hosted a shoebox outreach in Vunika, Fiji, a rural community that had no church. The children gathered for Bible lessons through the Greatest Journey Program. Parents became curious, started attending, and even the local witch doctor became a believer. He gave his property as a place for this new church to meet. 80 people attend regularly and 5 more churches have started in surrounding villages!
Since 2009, 8.9 million children have reported decisions for Christ through this program. They then lead their families to Christ.
Mary, former Soviet Union: “Shoebox gifts are a tangible way for kids to see God’s love. When they hear about His love, they can understand it because they can feel and touch it.”
Thank you, Church, for your continued generosity. We always set a goal of at least 50 boxes, but have easily exceeded that goal for many years. Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14