Would you like your church or organization to get involved with Operation Christmas Child? The tips about getting your family involved apply to groups like churches, community organizations, and even businesses:
- Begin slowly.
- Keep praying.
- Ask for specific help.
Start with getting to know Operation Christmas Child yourself. Read up on it and put together a shoebox – even if it’s April.
The more you know – and experience – shoeboxing, the more questions you’ll be able to answer.
Share information with your pastor, organization leader, or manager.
You can order free materials, such as official brochures, project tips, even DVDs from Operation Christmas Child. Having something tangible and official in hand will help those in leadership know this opportunity is the real deal.
Many groups will want to start small, so share your timeline of hopes with them.
It’s ok to think big and start small.
As you pray for others to be involved, stay faithful doing what you can, with what you have, where you are. Thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Mr. Roosevelt, or Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous (whoever is getting credit this week on the internet 🙂 ).
When the temptation comes to look at what the other guy is or isn’t doing with shoeboxes, remember:
This is one ministry among many.
Be faithful to what God has called you to do and let Him direct His people the way He sees best.
Pray for the Children
While you are praying, be sure to pray for the children who will be receiving the shoeboxes.
Nothing keeps our eyes on the right side of the tracks like remembering the greater purpose:
Good News. Great Joy.
“A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.” – from Samaritan’s Purse website
My Heartbeat for Operation Christmas Child
I didn’t begin life knowing there was a Savior.
Now that I know Him, I so very much want children to know Him, too. To have Someone they can lean strong on … here and hereafter.
While you are praying and packing behind the scenes, keep your ears tuned to the carols of Operation Christmas Child heartbeats in others.
Little by little, you may hear notes of interest in:
- Crafting for shoeboxes.
- Getting kids involved.
- Sponsoring a shoebox.
- Shoeboxing year ‘round.
- A desire to learn about The Greatest Journey, the discipleship program Samaritan’s Purse offers to every shoebox recipient.
As interests grows, keep praying, keep listening and …
Ask for Specific Help
Because we don’t have an official team, our church’s shoeboxing works more like a family, each person doing what they are interested in, when they are interested, and how they are interested in doing it.
But I still ask for specific help, as the need arises.
What we need as project coordinators will mean different things based on what we can do ourselves and on the skills, interests, and abilities around us.
Sleigh Driver Needed
For example, every year I need a Sleigh Driver with a big sleigh to take our church’s shoeboxes to the Collection Center a few miles away.
And every year God provides someone – or several someones.
TIP: It’s always good to have a back-up sleigh driver, in case someone’s sleigh goes down for repairs.
Every year, I need people to help me load the shoeboxes in the sleigh.
Sometimes, He sends young ones:
And sometimes, He sends not-quite-as-young ones:
And every year, He provides.
And every year, we need … and He provides.
It’s Your Turn
- Is your church, organization or business involved in shoeboxing?
- Would you like to think big and start small? How will you begin?
- What are you trusting our Heavenly Father to do in your shoeboxing world?