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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NEWS

Dates to keep on your calendar—Sat. Nov. 16 for a Work Day & Sun. Nov. 17 for the Box-Packing Party. For more info, contact Amy Jeanne Welton.

Samaritans Purse

UPDATE ON OCC SHOEBOX COLLECTION

I will wrap your donated shoeboxes! Please let me know when you have brought boxes to the church for OCC, as I find shoeboxes here and there but am not sure they are for OCC!. Anyone that would like to help me is encouraged to call me at the church office. I have tons of Christmas paper and can supply you with tape. All wrapped boxes are counted and bagged in anticipation of the Box-Packing Party on November 18th. Thank you!! Angie Daniels (830-833-4771)

An excerpt from the Spring 2019 “Prayerpoint” magazine, a Prayer Ministry of Samaritan’s Purse

This ministry is led by Franklin Graham and sponsors the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry that we participate in at Trinity Lutheran Church. Read more below about what it means to receive one of those OCC shoeboxes.

A MESSAGE OF LOVE

Jazmin was just 6 years old when she first opened the shoebox at an Operation Christmas Child outreach event in Mazatlan, Mexico. The brightly colored shoebox was filled with toys, school supplies, and personal care items—but the most special thing inside was a doll. She had always wanted a doll of her own and longed for the day when her parents could afford to buy her one. “It was as if the people who packed that shoebox knew exactly what I wanted, what I needed, and what I had prayed about,” Jazmin said.

“Later, I realized that it was God who has known all of that from the very beginning.” Inside the shoebox there was also a letter and a photo of the family that packed the gift. The letter read: “The gift of what God has for you is greater than any gift we could give you. God loves you because He sent His only Son for you. We hope you give your heart to God.” A few years after Jazmin received the shoebox, her parents had to move to another city for an extended period to seek medical care for her sister. Jazmin stayed with her grandparents while they were gone. Missing her parents and worried about her sister, Jazmin rediscovered her shoebox gift. The letter was still there, and she felt the familiar comfort it provided.

But reading it again sparked a new, divine revelation. “I realized that it wasn’t just the people who had packed the shoebox who had given me that shoebox,” Jazmin said. “It was God.” When her parents came home with her sister, whose health was improved, Jazmin—now 12 years old—reread the letter as a way to thank God for the return of her family. As she read it, He spoke to her heart. “I felt God saying: I know who you are, and I love you. I want you to accept Me into your heart.” Jazmin recalled. In response, she repented and made a decision that day to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.