Shoebox Packing Time Is Here
When you hear the word “shoebox” what do you imagine? For many of us a shoebox is just a piece of cardboard that we toss into the trash can after a day of shopping.
What if I told you a shoebox…a simple cardboard cube…could have the power to change a child, a family and a community for eternity?
It is Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing time at Severns Valley. We're starting to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for distribution around the world.
What Is Our Goal and How Can I Help?
Our team has set a goal of 501 boxes. We would love to surpass this goal. You can help us track our goal by watching the number of hearts (signifying the number of children’s hearts that can be forever changed by the power of the gospel that is delivered with every box) disappear from our indoor playground windows. Help the hearts disappear and help a child’s heart forever change! We have given out all of our cardboard boxes but you can use a shoebox or a plastic shoe bin.
Here are just a few facts you may not know about the shoeboxes that will leave our building and the hope that goes with them:
- Many shoeboxes are sent strategically to places where less than 2% of the population is Christian.
- Operation Christmas Child focuses on evangelism, discipleship and multiplication.
- In the hands of local churches, 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 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.
- Their shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and give them an opportunity to experience the love of God.
- Gives a church an effective outreach tool.
- Local churches use gift-filled shoeboxes as a tangible inroad for evangelism. The shoebox gifts allow them access to places they might never be welcomed otherwise.
- After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program. They learn from trained local volunteers what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others.
- Even before The Greatest Journey course is over, students begin witnessing to others. Then at graduation, the Gospel is shared with their friends and family again. The graduates also receive a New Testament to use personally and in communicating their faith to others.
- Through the efforts of local believers on our National Leadership Teams, entire communities are being evangelized as shoebox gifts are delivered. Some of these areas do not have any existing church.
Return your gift-filled shoebox to the children's area on or before November 20th.
What Goes In My Shoebox?
The Greatest Journey Program
Posted on Wed, October 12, 2016
by Ashley Purcell filed under