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Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD “GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.”

We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our 2018 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project at St. Andrew UMC!  Be encouraged to know that your gift-filled shoeboxes are touching the lives of needy children and their families around the world.  Through your gifts we are serving alongside local Christian leaders in the destination countries to bring comfort and delight, plus good news of great joy – the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

We also say “thank you” to all of the volunteers who served at our OCC Central Drop Off at St. Andrew during the 2018 National Collection Week!  Through your volunteer efforts, at the end of National Collection week, we loaded 12, 820 gift-filled shoeboxes onto 3 trailers and had them transported to the OCC Processing Center in Maryland.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your sacrifice of time, energy and service!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD PROJECT AT ST. ANDREW

2019 MONTHLY GUIDE:  YEAR ROUND PACKING IDEAS

Each month during the first part of the year, Missions will include on this web page and in the print bulletin announcements a guide for you to begin to personally collect and hold shoebox items throughout the year.  Savvy shoppers know that they can impact more children around the world for eternity by looking for shoebox items throughout the year.  For the month of January, consider looking for clothing items, like small dresses, T-shirts, socks, shoes, etc.  We hope you will also pray for the children who will receive your 2019 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!  For additional information about our Operation Christmas Child project, please reach out to Missions Coordinator, Lucy DeBarge, through the church office.  Thank you and God bless you!

More About Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. What goes into a shoebox is fun (all of those fun gifts for a child), but what comes out is eternal! Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while their family and friends listen in.

Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. Operation Christmas Child distributes these shoebox gifts to children in desperate situations around the world including boys and girls who suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts. 

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click on this link: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20

NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK AT ST. ANDREW UMC PHOTOS

Operation Christmas Child Photos