Minute for Mission
Samaritan’s Purse –
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Week of November 10, 2019
Bring your shoeboxes with you to our dedication service next Sunday, November 17th.
Our NPC congregational envelope offerings for Mission are not designated to support Samaritan’s Purse. Instead, disaster relief information is provided to the congregation for ways individuals can support specific disasters on their own. Also, the congregation and God’s Window Preschool children participate in Operation Christmas Child (OCC). This is a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse. OCC touches the lives of millions of needy children in over 150 countries/territories. Thank you to Monica Platt (our Director of God’s Window Preschool) and the NPC Deacons for organizing this collection.
Shoebox Gift Suggestions: A “WOW” item, personal care items, clothing and accessories, crafts and activities, toys. Handouts are available with suggestions for each above category on the Mission Bulletin Board in the narthex for Girls and Boys, ages 2-4/ages 5-9/ages 10-14. Plastic shoeboxes (supplied by the Deacons) are still available in the narthex.
The amazing journey of a simple shoebox gift begins with you. From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.
Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes. Long before shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children. The leaders learn how to host child-friendly outreach events, and how to implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program.