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.

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