Let’s say that I’m someone you don’t know in the Unites States, and I have lots of opportunities to do charitable things around the holidays. What would you say to me – why should I pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox?
Edison: You should definitely pack a shoebox. This is something that goes beyond the toys, beyond the candy, beyond the booklet [The Greatest Journey discipleship program booklet] – this is something that goes straight to the hearts of children. It’s a box full of love, full of hope that you bring into the country. When you grow up in an environment like this, you feel unloved. You wonder, “Will God really care about me? Look where I live! I don’t have anything: I don’t have food, electricity, water or health care, my school isn’t good…” But when you bring in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, the whole thing changes and the child starts to see things differently. It’s like a huge sign in the middle of the desert telling them there’s water here, and it’s the water of the love of God. The water of the hope that Jesus can give to the hearts of people. I think that’s the whole reason behind packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A Box Full of Love