Exciting news!  We’re launching our 11th annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach this week.  As many of you know, this annual outreach fosters great HOPE, LOVE, and JOY for His children all around the world and all involved.  Last year Samaritan’s Purse was able to send global missionaries out to remote locations with a total of just over 10 million shoeboxes received.  The shoebox is just the beginning.  Each child who receives a shoebox also receives a New Testament Bible in their language, and 6 weeks with their Samaritan’s Purse missionary, teaching them and their family all about the gift of salvation.  This year, Samaritan’s Purse has set a goal to deliver 11 million shoeboxes to His children worldwide.

The shoeboxes we’ve packed on our campuses over the past ten years have reached remote villages in Madagascar, the Philippines, India, and the South Pacific Islands, to name a few.  Most in these remote locations haven’t heard the message of hope in our greatest gift, the gift of salvation.  Witchdoctors have allowed the message of the gospel into their villages as a result of the light they witnessed in their children’s eyes when the Samaritan’s Purse missionaries greeted them with great courage and belief in something much greater than themselves.  The shoeboxes we’ve packed in our local community have also reached locations where Christians are forced underground to worship the Lord.  The global impact of these simple shoeboxes reaches far beyond our human comprehension.  Their reach has generational impact, changing lives in the way that only Jesus can.
When we join hands as a family in this annual outreach, we are also standing hand in hand with our brothers and sisters all around the world as a part of His great commission.  What an incredible privilege this is.  While we’re citizens of an ever-changing world, as Christians we know that one TRUTH remains a constant throughout all eternity, His word.  What better way to stand united in His truth as the family of God helping to spread HOPE all around the world with one simple shoebox, or two, or three, or more.  
While this season is full of unknowns, we are committed to TRUST AND ADJUST as He calls us.  We are TRUSTING that He is calling us to move forward with His 10th annual Operation Christmas Child outreach.  This week both campuses will launch a dual campus digital Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach.  You will be able to access a link that will allow you to build your shoebox online, complete with a photo of your family and letter to the child or children who God intends to receive His blessing through the shoebox you prayerfully prepare in His name.  
As much as we enjoy the tradition in gathering together to build our annual shoeboxes, this digital resource provides a pathway to continue forward in the advancement of His kingdom during a time when His children are desperate for His message of HOPE all around the world.  We thank you in advance for your active and prayerful support as we join hands in service together as His family.  
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”  -Ephesians 3:20