Thursday, April 19, 2012

What Makes a Good Box...

A while ago I started to plan a post on packing balanced boxes.. including a mix of items.... you know- toys, clothes, toiletries, school supplies, etc. A mix of practical and fun. I still believe in that method.. but our God is bigger than a formula!! And so when I read a blog today I just HAD TO SHARE IT. Read the blog and remember.. PRAY before you pack.. while you pack.. and after you pack. Pray for the child who receives the box... because God is WORKING.

Here is part of the blog:
My friend and fellow-OCC Area Coordinator, Jaimie Lindley, had the privilege of distributing shoeboxes recently in the Dominican Republic and she told me about the boy and his mother pictured above.  The mother was helping in children's ministry at the church where the boxes were given out that day and when her son ran to her yelling "Mama, Mama!" and showing her his box, she burst into tears.

Jaimie was watching and asked an interpreter to talk with the mother to get the story.  The interpreter explained to Jaimie that the son had been praying for only one thing in his shoebox--a baseball glove.  And, as you can see from the picture, that is just what he received--the desire of his heart and the answer to his prayers.

A bit later, on the bus with her team, Jaimie told the story and her husband piped up and said, "That's not the end of the story.  I was there when he opened his box and all his friends also got gloves and balls in their boxes."  So, Jaimie explains, God gave that boy not only a ball and glove--He gave him a whole team!  Only our loving God can know what each child who will receive a box needs and desires and as we pray and fill them in the best way we can, He can use these gifts to meet those needs.

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