The Power of a Shoebox

A simple gift-packed shoebox can change a life forever.

Vladimir “Ted” Foreman grew up in an orphanage in Russia and received such a shoebox at the age of nine. He will be sharing his life-changing story as part of the Operation Christmas Child kickoff meeting on September 16, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Arts Center at Timberline Church. In his own words ─ “I want to give children the same hope I received when I got a shoebox and heard about Jesus.” Members of area churches will be also be in attendance as they prepare to launch the 2012 collection season.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has distributed almost 100 million shoeboxes since 1993. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways to needy children around the world. Each year, thousands of volunteers pray, pack, collect, process, ship, and distribute shoeboxes filled with small toys, school supplies, hygiene products, and other items. While destination countries vary each year, in 2011 shoeboxes were distributed in almost 100 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and South America. Where appropriate, local churches and ministry leaders provide a creative Gospel presentation and give children a copy of The Greatest Gift of All booklet in their own language.

With all the back-to-school sales, now would be a good time to stock up on crayons, markers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, solar calculators, and paper to include in shoeboxes later this fall. Plan now to attend the Operation Christmas Child kickoff meeting on September 16th and learn how you can get involved to publicize and collect filled shoeboxes.

You can be a part of changing the life of a precious child.

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