Sunday, October 22, 2006

It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive!

My kids get so excited every year around this time.  Why?  They get to pack shoe boxes!!!  In our homeschool co-op, I annually collect shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child (a project of Samaritan’s Purse founded by Franklin Graham).  These boxes will be given out to children around the world who are living in extreme poverty, in constant fear because of wars/fighting, or in disaster-struck areas.  These simple gifts will brighten up the children’s life with God’s love, joy, and hope.  These shoe boxes are also evengelistic tools; they give local believers the opportunities to tell children about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, through Gospel literature and evangelism programs.
 
This is a wonderful project to get your kids involved in.  Kids in America have so much to be thankful for, yet many take their plenty for granted.  This is one of many ways we can share with others in need.  For details (including the collection center near you), please visit  www.samaritanspurse.org/occ or call 1-800-353-5949.  The collection week this year is November 13-20.  If you cannot do the shoe boxes this year, please still consider praying for the boys and girls who will receive shoe boxes that they may come to know (and receive) the best gift of all, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ!
 
By the way, there are so many ways we can give, especially near Christmastime.  Many Christian organizations (ex: Gospel for Asia, World Vision, etc.) have gift catalogs available from which you can purchase lambs, cows, chickens, pigs, goats, fishing boat, Gospel literature, VBS material, wells, etc. for native missionaries and needy children/families.  These kinds of gifts touch lives and make a significant impact.  Giving (especially secret giving) is such a joy! 
 
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain." Emily Dickinson
 
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord JESUS Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘" Acts 20:35  And you know…Jesus is always right! :) 

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