Operation Christmas Child
This year we will again, in partnership with two other churches that regularly meet on our church campus (Community Christian Church and St Thekla Indian Orthodox Church) participate in Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is a national initiative of Samaritan's Purse International, founded by the Billy Graham organization. Every year Operation Christmas Child blesses thousands of children in third world countries with shoeboxes filled with gifts and toys. These little ones would not otherwise be having a "merry Christmas."
By participating in OC each of us who volunteers packs a shoebox filled with gifts for a child who will receive that gift at Christmas.
Before receiving their gifts children hear the Gospel story of the first Christmas and the importance of Jesus to the world. Children also receive The Greatest Gift, a storybook that shares the message of salvation. With the Apostle John as narrator, the booklet shares 11 Scripture stories and invites children to follow Christ. Children take this home to share with family and friends. It is used in more than 80 languages.
In addition, by working together with other Christian communities (CCC and St. Thekla's) we have the opportunity to give witness to the universal church - all of us together working and praying and collaborating so that the Father's will might be done on earth as it is in Heaven.