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.
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
"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
"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.