Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son Jesus Christ.

The shoebox gift is a simple medium sized shoebox filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys. The boxes are delivered to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Since 1993, God has allowed us to bless 168 million children with shoebox gifts. Shoebox gifts are collected in the United States, Australia, Finland, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In 2018, the United States collected 8.8 million shoebox gifts, alone. There were 2 million decisions for Christ reported in 2018 with 9 million decisions reported since 2009, when The Greatest Journey began. We give all the glory to God! In 2018, Bullock County gave 817 shoebox gifts!

“What goes in the box is FUN, what comes out is ETERNAL!” Every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ. With each shoebox, the child is given a booklet in their own language, The Greatest Gift ministry booklet which tells the child about Jesus and His love. The child is also given the opportunity to take a 12 lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey where they learn what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with family and friends.

For 2019, National Collection Week is November 18-25. The Bullock County goal is 825 shoebox gifts! First Baptist Church is again the drop off location for Bullock County.

For more information and if you’d like to participate call First Baptist Church (738-2840). You may also visit www.samaritanspurse.org to learn more.

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