Out the boxes go

Monday, November 19, 2012
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, is taking final steps before sending boxes of Christmas gifts to children in Third World countries.

shoe box (Operation Christmas Child)On this, the final day of national collection week, donors are taking packed shoe boxes to regional locations where the packages are prepared for their destination countries (read earlier story).

Project spokesperson Rachael Mills tells OneNewsNow she has personally traveled with the gifts to some of the countries to explain that Jesus is the reason American Christians participate in the project.

"Because He loved us, we love you and we want you to experience that same kind of love," she relays. "And so while we share the gospel, we just hear many, many stories of children coming to know Jesus, their families being touched, their families getting connected to this church, communities coming to know Christ, [and] churches being planted."

Churches have already been trained on how to use the gifts as a tool.

"Most of the children that use a shoebox gift have an opportunity to be a part of a 12-lesson discipleship program. And once they go through that -- it's called The Greatest Journey -- and once they go through that and … finish it, they'll receive a New Testament in their language," Mills explains. "So we're sharing the gospel many times, but we want them to know how to grow in their faith and how to share their faith."

In that sense, Operation Christmas Child is a gift that keeps on giving.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Why is the liberal media allowing the Clinton campaign to push them around?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Latest: Death toll up to 159 in Italy quake
Navy says Iranian boats harassed US ship in Strait of Hormuz
Latest: About a dozen injured in Indiana tornadoes
Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation
Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks
North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability
Democrat senator silent on EpiPen hike by daughter's drug company
Islamic terrorists attack American University in Afghanistan

LATEST FROM THE WEB

USA Today on Clinton Foundation: Hillary, Bill–shut it down
Surrogate Silence: Dem officials mum as Clinton battles foundation allegations
What about Bill Clinton's shell account?
It's not unchristian to be concerned about refugee resettlement, religious freedom advocate says
State university offers 'Stop White People' training

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Friends on the ground in Israel

A Christian ministry is especially busy in Israel now, trying to help those dealing with the latest attack from Hamas terrorists.