A Gospel Opportunity Through a Shoebox - Operation Christmas Child at McDaniel
McDaniel FCA hosted their third annual Operation Christmas Child packing party on October 28th. Over 100 participants and FCA supporters spent the afternoon filling shoe boxes with items ranging from hygiene items to school supplies to toys and clothes. By the end of the day, over 231 shoe boxes were packed and ready to go with an additional 15 boxes needing a few additional items. OCC organizers and McDaniel students, Allie, Kaylee, and Megan, were thrilled that they exceeded their goal of 200 shoe boxes by 50. According to Connie Finch, the OCC Project leader, the girls went above and beyond by going "door to door" on campus collecting cash to purchase items for the shoe boxes as well raising $1378 through a fundraising page set up on the Samaritan’s Purse website to help cover shipping expenses.
While each shoe box provides for the physical needs of children, more importantly they provide an opportunity to share the gospel. Each time these shoe boxes are distributed worldwide, the gospel is presented, and children are invited back to attend a 12-week Discipleship Program called The Greatest Journey (which is done in their language and through the local church). They learn more about who God is, who Jesus is and how they can grow in their faith. Once they complete the program, there is a graduation ceremony where the children wear caps and gowns, receive a "diploma" and their own Bible in their language. Over 157 million shoe boxes have been distributed by Samaritan’s Purse since 1993 which means over 157 million children have heard the gospel.
The McDaniel OCC organizers are already looking forward to next year’s packing party and will begin planning within the next 2 weeks. A couple goals mentioned are a year-round collection plan as well as encouraging corporate/small business donations. Be on the lookout for opportunities to support McDaniel FCA and Operation Christmas Child throughout the year.
# of BOXES PACKED
GOAL = 400
Posted on Sun, November 4, 2018
by Heather Boyle