Monday, January 27, 2014

Shoeboxes Speak to the Heart of Children in Mexico

We know that SOME of the shoeboxes from Southern Oregon went to Mexico, so I thought this Samaritan's Purse blog on OCC in Mexico was definitely worth sharing!!! Over and over again I was blessed by this article, seeing through it the transformative message of the Gospel. Our God is surely working in mighty ways!!

Below are excerpts from the blog From Streets to the Steeples. Please go read the whole thing!

“Each year, we look to give more shoeboxes to new kids who have never received them,” he said. “When a kid receives a shoebox, he sees the toys and plays with the toys, but there is also a question in him. ‘Why me?’ So through the shoeboxes, we get to the hearts of the kids and tell them how much God loves them. There are kids that have a hole in their hearts, and they start to fill it with all of these evil things: drugs, violence, robbery. So when we give out the gifts, there starts to be a hope in them, and they start to leave the drugs, the violence, the robbery; and they start to fill it with the love of God.”

Ten-year-old Karen Herrera had never heard about Jesus until the Gospel was presented at a shoebox distribution that she attended at Hilario’s church. After she received her gift, she decided to attend The Greatest Journey.
“Most of all, I’m happy because I got a New Testament Bible,” she said. “When I took the lessons, I invited Jesus into my heart. I learned that He’s my Savior.”
She can’t wait to share her new-found faith in Christ with her cousins and siblings.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Please Pray for the Airlift to Syrian Refugees

The flight was scheduled for yesterday, 65000 shoeboxes to go to the Syrian refugee children in northern Iraq... all paperwork and permits were in place, when at the last minute the trip was canceled and flight plan denied. They have rescheduled for the 25th. What a reminder that we must keep in prayer for the shoeboxes. There are MANY barriers that the enemy tries to throw against them. This is just the most recent. VAT taxes. Customs difficulties. Governmental issues. Please pray for the airlift to Iraq for the Syrian refugees... and for all the shoeboxes.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hope for Syrian Refugees through Operation Christmas Child

From Samaritan's Purse:
An Airlift of Hope

Shoebox gifts will bring the message of God’s love to 65,000 Syrian children living in refugee camps in northern Iraq

A fierce civil war has forced millions of Syrians to run for their lives to neighboring countries. In northern Iraq, tens of thousands are living in bitterly cold tent camps mired in mud. It is a bleak environment, particularly for children already traumatized by war.
Help Syrian RefugeesSamaritan’s Purse is committed to helping these suffering people. We have already been providing basic necessities like food, clothing, shoes, and portable heaters. Now, we are giving shoebox gifts to the children.

We are airlifting a special delivery of 65,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to northern Iraq. We want these children and their families to know that God loves them and gave His Son that they might know true peace through faith in Christ.

Please pray that God will use the shoebox gifts to let these boys and girls know they are loved and not forgotten.

If you live in the Charlotte area you can join us for this special event.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas Clearance ~ Final Days

Here in Klamath today I did a final sweep of several stores in the area, ranging from 70-80% off. I found nail care kits for 40 cents, fold up chess sets for 20 cents, two packs of card games at Rite Aid for 50 cents and discount plush.

Keep your eyes out for MORE clearance in whatever store you go to.... you never know what you will find. For just pittance you may find a great blessing for a child!

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Operation Christmas Child Thank You Celebration in Klamath

Did you pack a shoebox??? Then we want to THANK YOU... and invite you to our Thank You Celebration! Learn more about where our boxes went, how many were collected, and some of the stories and videos and pictures that show how God is working through the shoeboxes!

I am over and over again amazed and blessed by the stories of the shoeboxes! Here is one just posted today on Facebook:

“After telling the kids about God’s love through which these gifts were sent to them, a six-year-old girl approached me to ask one more time who Jesus was. I told her that Jesus is the one who loves you and sent you this gift through a child your age on the other part of the planet. She then asked me, ‘Will Jesus be a father for me? Because my father has been in jail for a long time.’ I told her that Jesus would want nothing more than for her to be his daughter.” - Volunteer in Lebanon

Come and hear more of the stories and rejoice in what God is doing through shoeboxes just like yours!!  January 18th, at 1pm, at Calvary Chapel K-Falls! 

PS for more stories click on the Impact Stories tab at the top of the page.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Year of Deals to Fill Your Shoebox

Do you coupon? Watch sales and clearance? Like to save money??? Then start now with an eye to filling your Operation Christmas Child box for LESS.

Check out this great blog from a great savings site on filling a box with your stockpile: