What is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. They ship these simple gifts to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.
What happens after my shoebox is delivered?
Local ministry partners distribute your shoeboxes to children in their communities. After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. Through the program, the local ministry partners are able to establish long-term, caring relationships with children and families by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Who should I contact if I have questions or want to get involved?
Shoeboxes will be available in the church foyer beginning on October 23. You can start shopping those back-to-school sales in preparation for filling a shoebox (click HERE to find ideas for what to put in a shoebox). There are also a variety of other ways you can get involved: from life group packing parties, to helping assemble boxes, to transporting the boxes after the collection – we would love your help! Contact Jennifer Ryninger at [email protected] or 260-437-0152 (text or call) for more information.