Have you ever seen the shoeboxes in the lobby of your church or school marked “Operation Christmas Child”? Those red and green boxes are for a program facilitated by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational outreach organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people in need around the world. You may have been on the preparation side of this program, filling up boxes with toys, hygiene products and school supplies, helping to ship them off to more than 100 countries. https://samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/the-journey-of-a-shoebox/
ACE was honored to team up with Samaritan’s Purse on the other end of this event to distribute boxes to some of our very own children in St. Mary, Jamaica. It’s never just “drop the box and go” — Samaritan’s Purse has developed a beautiful multi-faceted program with stories, booklets and songs to truly show God’s purpose in the children’s lives and in the gifts they receive, helping to create life-long relationships with Jesus Christ.
The boxes are given out in conjunction with a 12-lesson series called The Greatest Gift over the next few months. This long-term program helps the children learn more about Jesus and to create opportunities for discipleship, not only for the students but their whole families. Even more special, for all the children who complete the twelve classes, ACE will have a graduation, and each will receive his or her very own Bible, provided by Samaritan’s Purse!
What a wonderful experience it was to be a part of this, to see their smiles upon receiving their boxes and to know the Bible stories and prayers will continue to surround them as the days go on. Thank you to the Jamaican chapter of Samaritan’s Purse for allowing us to work with you. We look forward to each and every opportunity to come!
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