What’s the best Christmas gift you ever received? Would it have fit in a shoe box? Did it change your life forever?
You and I have the opportunity this holiday season to touch the life of a child with a shoe box full of simple gifts and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fellowship Bible Church Conway is participating in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, by serving as the Relay Center for all shoe box gifts in Faulkner County and by encouraging our members to pack a shoe box THIS WEEK for a child in another country where both material gifts and the gospel may be hard to come by.
Empty shoe boxes are available at the church if you need one or several to fill. And, be sure to pick up the brochure “How to Pack a Shoe Box”, which gives simple but important instructions and gift ideas for filling your shoe box. This information also can be found online at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. Your filled shoe box may be returned to the church this week and no later than Sunday, November 20.
Here are a couple of other ways you can help with Operation Christmas Child (OCC):
- Stop by the church this week to help with Relay Center activities. Hours of operation are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18, and between 1 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.
- Drop off supplies/gifts for shoe boxes at the church. These may be items you wish to give in lieu of filling a box or extras you have left after having filled a shoe box.
Bar soap, toothbrushes, and notebooks or coloring books are among the “extras” or “bulk” items especially needed this season, according to Fellowship’s OCC Coordinator Dawn Wilson. She also says that last year, by using bulk items donated by members, Fellowship was able to fill almost 200 extra shoe boxes!
In the words of Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse: “Pack your shoe box with love, send it with a prayer, and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a hurting child. That’s the power of a simple gift.”