It’s Here! Operation Christmas Child Countdown

OCC Countdown It's Here

It’s Here! It’s Here!

Every Christmas morning for 50+ years, I’ve heard the same joyously shouted words: Santa Claus came! Santa Claus came! Wake up! Santa Claus came!

The feeling returns every time I write the words:

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BONUS POST: 40 Families in the Virgin Islands

40 Families

Reprinted with permission from 40 Families in the Virgin Islands Facebook event:

In September two monster hurricanes hit the US territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands one right after another. These storms wiped out homes and infrastructure and temporarily closed the tourist industry that provides jobs and livelihoods for the local residents.

Many families are left with nothing more than the shirts on their backs.

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Meet Real Life Alex, Part 9: Children ARE Children

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

Photo Courtesy Samaritan's Purse

Photo Courtesy Samaritan’s Purse

I have so much to say about the subject of children being children, but this is not the proper post to share it. Maybe one day, I will pour my heartbeat fully onto the pages.

For today, I leave you with Alex’s words, simple, powerful and typing-fingers-pausing. Truly.

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1! Follow, Follow, Follow Your Shoebox – Operation Christmas Child Countdown

OCC Countdown 1

In past years, shoeboxes from Westside Chapel have gone to:

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Meet Real Life Alex, Part 8: Rat-a-Tat to Redemption

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

Imagine …

your friends have been massacred

in a church

because the priest ratted them out

to the men with the rat-a-tat guns.

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