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Serving this Season

I am a mom of three children, ages 19, 10 and 7. I run a business. I am sometimes an Uber driver for my children. School, practices, cooking dinners, keeping everyone’s schedule….I am busy, sometimes tired and worn out. But I love Jesus and I am always looking for ways to serve him, especially ministries where I can get the kiddos involved. If this sounds familiar to you, I would encourage you to pray about serving in some capacity for Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child. 

Operation Christmas Child is a way to give a child who does not know the Lord a small shoebox filled with items they need and that they make them smile. But the most important gift in the shoebox is the sharing of the gospel. Every 24 hours, through Operation Christmas Child 30,136 children hear the gospel message and 5,249 children accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That just makes my heart smile. Matthew 28:19 tells us that Jesus said, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This instruction is referred to as the Great Commission. Wow. Such strong words. 

This year National Collection Week is November 15th-22nd. I invite you to join us for our kickoff breakfast on Saturday, October 30th at ICC to hear a life-changing testimony from a man who received a shoebox as a child and is now a full circle speaker because of how his life was changed by Jesus Christ. There are so many stories. 

For example, Reithabetse, 9, doesn’t know her father. Her mother works in South Africa and rarely returns to Lesotho to check up on her, so she lives with a grandmother from the church in her village. Reithabetse rejoiced to receive a shoebox gift filled with a doll, socks, a washcloth, soap, books, and pencils, and also participated in The Greatest Journey discipleship class. She marveled at Lesson 1 that described all the things God created, and soon gave her life to Jesus Christ. She also brought her siblings Karabo and Mamohlakoana with her to church. Every time she plays with the gifts from her shoebox, she is reminded of God’s great love for her. Or Delma, 12, from Peru, participated in The Greatest Journey and wrote, “I feel very blessed because I learned to trust my life and everything I have to God. I asked the Lord that my parents would also come to know Christ, and that in the future everyone in my home would serve God. He answered my prayer because my mom accompanied me to church and other discipleship activities, and I felt like the happiest girl in the world. I’m so thankful for the way God is working.”

I listed some great resources below as you pray on how God would call you to serve in this ministry. I will be praying for you as well.

Please come to our Volunteer Kick off Breakfast on 10/30 at 9:30AM. Let us know you’re coming HERE.

Toni Anne Fardette

Team Drop-Off Leader, Operation Christmas Child


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