Jesus says in Mark 10:14, "Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations.
In the summer of 1993, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham received a call from a man in England asking if he’d be willing to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in Eastern Europe. Franklin agreed, but figured Christmas was months away. He forgot about the promise until he received a call back around Thanksgiving asking about the gifts.
Grab a shoebox from one of our displays throughout the church. You can't miss the iconic red and green.
Label your shoebox to indicate whether your box is for a boy or a girl, and mark the age range: 2-4, 5-9, 10-14
L Select a medium to large "wow" item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child's favorite things to receive!
This is the most important step. Pray for the child who will receive your shoebox. Pray for their family to be receptive to the gospel. Pray for the pastor of the church who delivers your shoebox. Pray for the child's community to be transformed by the gospel.
A donation of $10 per box is critical to cover shipping. For easiest processing, you can give online here, or by bringing a check to the drop off location. If you use an online option, you can Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your gift.
Bring your shoebox to Acton baptist during collection week, November 13-20.
We are looking for men who want to show our teenage boys what it means to be a biblical man, women who are willing to love our teenage girls, and grandparents for those in our group who are spiritually orphaned. Greeters, someone who's willing to be a little uncomfortable, knowing that a smile can change an entire day for a teenager. Will you join us as we lead our students to encounter Jesus and engage their world every Wednesday evening?