Four years ago, my husband Jerry and I heard about Operation Christmas Child. We were first drawn to the organization because, growing up, even coming from modest households, we both have joyful memories of opening up gifts on Christmas morning and wanted to make that happen for other children in the world. In our first year, we packed 8 boxes and every year a new goal was set. This year, we learned that along with our heart-filled boxes, the children would also be given a book called The Greatest Gift, where they are introduced to the one true God and His Son Jesus who was born for our salvation.
Knowing that our boxes would not only bring joy to children around the world but possibly salvation,
the desire was planted in our hearts to make our yearly tradition even bigger!
This year, we extended the invitation to more family members with the hope to pack even more boxes so even more children would have the opportunity to hear about Jesus! During our gathering this year, we quickly realized that God touches lives and hearts on both sides of a shoebox.
Many people in our family were blessed to have been born into Christian faith, but not all of them know Jesus as their personal Saviour and therefore it was amazing to watch them as they packed shoeboxes in His name. Packing shoeboxes has given Jerry and I the opportunity to live out God’s mission not only around the world but also right here with our own families, sharing the Greatest Gift with them. This year, 225 boxes were packed by 62 people – that means at least 287 lives were impacted…Praise God!