As we embark on the week of Easter and the receipt of our greatest gift of salvation, I was reminded of some truly awesome stats on The Greatest Journey that I wanted to share with you. Just to recap, The Greatest Journey is the discipleship program that many shoebox recipients, like the kiddos above, get to participate in after they receive their shoebox gift. In 2016 alone, 1,616,466 children who completed The Greatest Journey reported decisions for Christ. That is 3 children every minute people! In case you needed a reminder, our area alone collected 15,048 shoeboxes. Here’s some more math for you: approximately 1.4 children come to Christ for every 10 shoeboxes packed. So if you crunch the numbers, that means our area’s shoeboxes impacted 2107 kids for eternity! I do all of this math to encourage you- your gift matters. Not only to the kids around the world who open them and are excited about all the contents, but to these same kids when they have the door opened to them to receive the Gospel and an even greater gift. As a side note, the week after Easter is a great time to stock up on plush animals, coloring books, and outdoor toys to add to your shoeboxes at a great price. Plan now for packing later. Happy Easter!