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Operation Christmas Child Special Speaker

What difference can a shoebox make?

timur nesbittJoin us on September 22 and meet Timur Nesbitt, an orphan from Central Asia who received a shoebox as a child, and hear him tell his miraculous story of hope. Please click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  There is no charge for this event.

You helped to make it possible, now come hear the story! Bring your family and friends – all are welcome!

Sunday, September 22nd from 3:00 – 4:30

Island Christian Church – Northport Campus



As a 10-year-old boy living in an orphanage in Central Asia, Timur had no concept of unconditional love. He had been abandoned in the hospital after birth and never knew his parents. Survival required him to be guarded and self-reliant.

That year two pivotal events occurred in his life. A boy his age moved into the orphanage and boldly shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with the other children. Timur and his friends ridiculed the boy and punched him. Inexplicably to Timur, the boy did not fight back and held to his beliefs.

Then local Christians visited the orphanage and gave out Bibles. Through their message, Timur realized how much Jesus loved him, and he received Him as Savior. The first thing Timur did was reconcile with the boy he had persecuted. The two became friends and led many of their classmates to faith in Christ.

“The shoe box reminded me of Jesus’ love for me, that He forgave me of my sins and that I should forgive my parents for what they did to me,” said Timur. “When I forgave them, God set me free from the bitterness.” 


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