Monday, November 25, 2013

Operation Christmas Child

    Our church has been a part of Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritan's Purse organization for a few years now.  The goal is to pack a shoebox for a child somewhere in the world who will receive THAT box and that box alone for Christmas.  The joy abounds, overflows, and is contagious when you see videos of the children opening their boxes.  A huge part of packing the box and receiving the box is hearing all about the true gift of Christmas, Jesus.
    Each year Lauren and Taylor pack at least one box of their own with their own money, shopping for items they love and that they think the children will love.  What was most precious this year were the letters they wrote to these children.  Here is a line from each letter that brought tears to my eyes.

Lauren, "By this time, you may have already received your gift.  I want you to know that God is my best friend and as you get older and have struggles in your life, you can always count on Him."

Taylor, "One thing I want you to know is Jesus loves you."

I pray these children enjoy their gift boxes as much as Lauren and Taylor love giving them.