Meet Real Life Alex, Part 5: Weapon of Hunger

Hunger was a weapon itself.”
Alex Nsengimana
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Let’s just ponder that statement for a moment … or ten.

5! Little Things – Operation Christmas Child Countdown

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It’s the little things, like …

  • Electricity
  • Running water
  • WiFi

… that keep our first world smiles smiling.

But we can’t pack power, H2O or Facebook into a shoebox, can we?

And that’s ok. Most of the children receiving our shoeboxes aren’t looking for those kinds of little things.

Why not?

Because those are the big things in their world! They are the infrastructure things that are beyond the scope of our simple shoeboxes.

Meeting Needs Through Little Things

When we pack shoeboxes, we are meeting a more personal need, a more intimate one, a human-to-human need, a God-through-human-to-human need: love.

The little things we pack …

… mean a great deal to a child who has little, or little left.

It’s Your Turn

Were you ever comforted by a little thing?

What little things do you like to pack in your shoeboxes?

Let us know in the comments. It’s a little thing to write a sentence, but a big thing to this ol’ blogger who reads them. Smile

 

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Meet Real Life Alex, Part 4: Crossing the Front Line

In between Operation Christmas Child countdown posts, I will be sharing details from my real life meeting with Alex Nsengimana, Rwandan genocide survivor and shoebox recipient.

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For two months, children ran.

And ran for their lives.

Alex and his remaining family ran.

And then they crossed a line.

It wasn’t a visible line.

They didn’t realize they had crossed the line.

They were just running.

Soldiers approached.

No uniforms.

No identifying badges.

Militia.

With guns.

The running stopped.

They were safe.

They had crossed the front line.

It’s Your Turn

Have you crossed the spiritual front line?

Have you fully faced, front on, the cross of Jesus Christ?

Do you believe He took the bullet of God’s holiness and justice for you?

Or …

Are you running away from the front line of the cross?

Are you trying to save yourself?

 Or …

Having received the eternal safety offered at the cross, are you still terrified of those chasing you with legalistic fears that you aren’t far enough through the front line to be truly saved?

Peace

If you cross the front line at the foot of Christ’s cross in faith, trusting that Jesus became the target of God’s justice on your behalf, you are safe.

Don’t take my word for it. Take God’s.

 Alex learned over time to rest in that peace.

Will we?

 

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6! Pack What We Can-Operation Christmas Child Countdown

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Well, that was a lot of change for one year’s countdown! The word has to get out though; I’m just doing my little part along the shoebox path. Will you help spread the info?

So … we can’t pack toothpaste or candy.

What can we pack?

1719MX-C: shoebox distribution at Iglesia Apostolica de la Fe en Cristo Jesus in Mazatlan, Mexico

Photo Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

 

For that answer, I refer you to

How to Pack a Shoebox for the general idea

and

last year’s countdown list for specifics:  Smile

 

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Meet Real Life Alex, Part 3: Running

In between Operation Christmas Child countdown posts, I will be sharing details from my real life meeting with Alex Nsengimana, Rwandan genocide survivor and shoebox recipient.

 

Photo Courtesy Samaritan's Purse

Photo Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

 “Wherever the night found us, we pitched our tents.”

– Alex Nsengimana

 

During the Rwandan genocide, after fleeing to the capital city having watched some of his family murdered before his eyes in his village, six-year old Alex ran again.

And ran. And ran.

Through tropical terrain in tropical spring rains, Alex and his older sister and younger brother ran. Their aunt and uncle and thousands of others ran. For two months, they ran.

Target or a Target?

Cozy Top Cottage, my own little home, was without power for a few days after Hurricane Irma blew through. I had concern because my daughter has a chronic health issue made worse in heat.

But we had a Target down the road with air conditioning.

 Alex had no Target.

 Alex was the target.

 

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7! Toothpaste, No. Toothbrush, YES! Operation Christmas Child Countdown

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Pearly whites. It’s the American dream of the dental world.

But it is no longer in the hands of shoebox packers to make that dream a worldwide reality. Was it ever our goal?

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Yes, folks, it’s true. We are no longer able to send toothpaste in our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

That’s pretty much the news for today:

No toothpaste in shoeboxes from here on out.

But we can still pack toothbrushes!

Do What We Can

Let’s do what we can rather than fret about what we can’t.   🙂

morning shoebox distribution through Jesus Loves You Church in Thmey village, Svay Rieng province, Cambodia

Other Shoeboxing Changes

Oh and you heard about the other changes this year brings, right?

Everything else remains the same, so let’s fill up those shoeboxes!

 

 

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