Samaritan's Purse: Operation Christmas Child
by Linda Wilson It is time to pack and collect shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. These boxes will be sent around the world to children who have little. Some have never had a gift before. New Zion has been packing shoe boxes for more than 20 years! Last year Samaritan’s Purse sent 11.5 million boxes to 104 countries.
As you pack your box, please include many prayers. Suggested items are school supplies, combs and tooth brushes, toys, dolls, and any item a child would like. Samaritan’s Purse adds Gospel booklets in the child’s own language called The Greatest Gift. This does not go in boxes that go to predominately Muslim countries. Many children who receive boxes have the opportunity to take a 12-lesson class called The Greatest Journey. 1.6 million boys and girls around the globe made decisions for Christ last year!!!
Two changes this year are no candy and no tooth paste. Chocolate, liquid, glass, and army toys have never been allowed. Also a $9 shipping fee is requested.
Boxes will be collected at New Zion on Sundays,
November 5 & 12.
Margo Bader, outreach ministries coordinator
Each year we pack shoe boxes as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Ministry. We will be collecting items to fill shoe boxes. Place your donations in the back. Items to avoid: toothpaste, liquids, military toys, anything with an American flag, play money, chocolate or candy that might melt.
Boxes are available if you would like to fill your own box. This is a great project for children. Take them shopping to fill their own box to donate. Include a letter about your family. Each year we try and break the previous year’s record. Boxes will be collected November 5 and 12. We will be packing boxes after church on November 5.