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The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is clear that God desires for us is to help those in need wherever we find them. After relaying the story of the Samaritan, Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.” In response to this charge, our October Mission Focus is Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless millions of children around the world in more than 100 countries. Parents often use this project to teach their kids about giving, and year-round volunteers support the ministry across the country. Thousands serve by inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour, work stops to pray for the children who will receive shoeboxes.

Many child recipients learn for the first time there are people who love Jesus enough to bless children they’ve never met. Children also learn about Jesus Christ and a follow-up program, The Greatest Journey, teaches what it means to follow Jesus.

You may ask, “What can one shoebox gift do?” Not only does it expose these young ones to the love of Jesus Christ and help them grow in that love, but they then share the good news with family and friends. At the end of The Greatest Journey, students invite others to their graduation where the gospel is shared. This often results in others accepting Christ and becoming active in their local church.

What can you do? Consider filling a shoebox with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Involve your children so they learn how to share Christ’s love with others. Consider including a personal note and photo so the recipient can see your faces. Most importantly, pray over the box with your family that its intent will be fruitful.

What impact will monetary donations make? Funds are used towards The Greatest Journey supplies, including a 12-week lesson workbook, memory verses, and discussion questions. Each child receives a graduation certificate and a Bible in their language. These funds are also used for a leader/guide and to help train teachers to aid students in getting the most out of the experience. Your generosity helps change young lives which will impact communities, strengthen families, and grow churches.

Trinity seeks volunteers to travel to the Baltimore warehouse on Saturday, Dec. 2, to process shoeboxes. Depart from church at 7 AM, work until 1 PM, and we’ll stop to eat on the way home. Contact Sally Cammack at (717) 951-5270 or sally_ cammack@ yahoo.com to get involved. To learn more about Operation Christmas Child and filling a shoebox, visit their website.