Since I was a child, my family has participated in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, which is a Christmas initiative to bring joy to kids all over the world through shoe boxes filled with toys.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The premise behind Operation Christmas Child came from the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37, which gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done their utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. By being an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ, it earns Samaritan’s Purse a chance to tell the Gospel and good news of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
As their teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).
With each box, you can pick out gifts for either a boy or girl and in one age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. You can either pack an empty shoe box from home or pick up one at your local Hobby Lobby. Things like journals, dolls, balls and other such things can
“Every box is an opportunity to reach a child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”Franklin Graham
President, Samaritan’s Purse
If you would rather build one online, check out my page to do so. You will be able to pick out specifics gifts and write a message to the child you’re sending them to!
Thank you for all of your help! Let’s make this the best Christmas yet and impact a child for the kingdom!
💗 Alex in Asheville