Willis has delivered shoeboxes to children in Costa Rica and Ecuador over the years.
She delivered a shoebox to a child in an orphanage one year and saw the excitement in the boy as he showed off his new toothbrush to the other 72 kids in the building. She has also seen how important it is to provide youths with pencils so they can go to school.
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She pointed out these simple aspects of life can be difficult for some North American kids to understand since they have everything. Willis spoke about the importance of the shoeboxes during the GO event campaign kick off at Victory Church on Oct.
She discussed what to put into the boxes — hygiene items, pencils, and personal stories about the person who packed it, for example — and what not to pack, and the fact people can create homemade boxes. The collection week for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. Boxes can also be picked up by calling Besides the gifts in the box, there is also an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with these kids, Willis explained.
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Similar to Vacation Bible School, the youths will be offered the chance to take part in a week program that teaches them more about God. They would receive a Bible in their own language if they complete the program.
There would then be people in that country who are trained to mentor those children spiritually, similar to a Sunday school teacher. I was delighted to read of the start of Operation Christmas Child, and how this has grown over the years.
Operation Christmas Child : A Story of Simple Gifts
Stories of boxes filled and Franklin Graham , Donna Lee Toney. It was a simple idea that became the worldwide ministry of Operation Christmas Child—to minister to children in war-torn and famine-stricken countries. In just two decades it has inspired everyday people to provide more than million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in countries.
This beautiful book weaves the moving, God-saturated story of the ministry's beginning with the soul-stirring, Christ exalting stories of lives that have been forever changed by a simple shoebox.