Every year we participate in Operation Christmas Child which sends shoeboxes full of gifts to needy children around the world. For the first time this year, we were able to go and tour one of the processing plants. There are six in the country, and we live near one! It was very interesting to see what happens to our shoe boxes and to hear the life changing stories of those touched by the boxes.
We gathered to wait for our group. Doesn't Charles look excited?
The children wrote letters to put in the boxes. Because we had already turned ours in this year, they told us to keep our letters for next year's boxes.
Then we went to a room where they told us all the things that could and couldn't go into the boxes, and the children participated in a relay race to take out all non acceptable items from the boxes.
We toured through the warehouse and saw the crates of boxes waiting to be shipped out.
At the end of our trip, we got to experience a church service in Kenya, as they demonstrated to us what it would be like to be a child receving a box for the first time.
It was a great trip. To hear how children are impacted by these boxes we send made a big impression even on me. To see how these people bathe those boxes and the whole process in prayer was very humbling.
I have been motivated to work toward turning in even more boxes next year. We have been doing two for the past few years. it is rather expensive as all those little toys and things add up. But this year, we are going to start in January adding things along, and it is my goal to have four boxes- one for each of my children!
If you want to know more about Samaritan's Purse (the organization who sponsors OCC) or Operation Christmas Child, please click on the links.