Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan's Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here at Hope Community Church, we help this organization by putting together shoeboxes filled with many things children of other countries might need or cannot access.
Here at Hope Community Church we strive throughout the year to collect various items for shoeboxes to be donated to Operation Christmas Child by the deadline in November. Each month we have a different focus that will be posted.
In 2013 our support for OCC was overwhelming and as a result Hope generated a total of 52 shoeboxes compared to 9 in 2012. We had the packing party on November 9th and approximately 24 people attended.
Children from Hope also came out to help. Although each child was able to pack several boxes. A box from each child is being tracked to see where it goes and hopefully we find out the name of the child that receives it. We look forward to this information in the months to come.
Lori Easter added 23 shoeboxes to ours for a grand total of 75! These shoeboxes were taken to Boone on November 30th by Jennifer Dauphinais, a seasoned shoebox fanatic, along with her two boys Ben and John. Please continue to pray for the recipients of these boxes.
Here is a picture of the 52 boxes we were able to complete last year: