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Operation Christmas Child, Donating, and Sponsoring a Child

So earlier, I posted about Operation Christmas Child. This organization that sends gifts to children around the world who live in poverty and maybe areas of war, etc. People make gifts and put them in shoeboxes or plastic containers, and when the children get the gifts, they also get to hear about Christ. So you are spreading the Gospel and the love of Christ is shown to them, for he loves them enough to bless them with gifts, and they learn that he loves them.

There is nothing that breaks my heart more or anything more beautiful. Last year I made two boxes, and I am in the process of finishing up 5 this year. I may want to do a couple more… I really am not sure. But the reason I choose to give to these children is because they get to hear about Christ.

There are plenty of organizations to give to, and while they are extremely important, because people need help all over the place, some organizations don’t really allow you to share the gospel with people. And as Perry Noble said one time about doing this: “You can free people from hell on earth, but that won’t free them from eternal hell.”

So basically he is saying we need to do both. Give them the necessities they need by donating and giving gifts, but also tell them about how true Jesus’s love is and how he saves people from pain, despite them being in poverty; how he allows them to get into heaven. He gives them peace and allows them to live above their circumstance, and even when the world around them is bad, they feel a sense of fulfillment in Christ.

If I don’t give to charities that share the gospel, my heart gets so broken because I feel like I am only doing half my job. I will still give to all kinds of charities, even when they don’t tell about Christ because these people still need to be taken care of. But I have to promise myself to also do charities that do share the gospel because these truly save souls. I know the difference between the two types of organizations, and I understand why one is so crucial in my heart.

Anyway, I did save up a hundred dollars for the boxes, and I did spend all this on my shoebox gifts! Actually, I spent around $120. I also plan on spending $100 to another Samaritan’s Purse cause (Samaritan’s Purse is the organization that started the Operation Christmas Child thing).

Samaritan’s Purse is all about rescuing people from hell on earth and from hell for eternity. So they have all kinds of things you can donate to, and I’m donating to them. So I’m spending around $200 on gifts for people this year, and these people will also learn about Jesus. That’s my absolute favorite part!

I tell Jesus that these are my “Christmas gifts to him”. For Christmas, people are always asking for what they want and sometimes they get really selfish. But Christmas is about the gift of Christ to the world. So I know what he would want for Christmas is for me to do something that truly honors him, by letting people know about Christ. By being selfless and giving up my dreams of having clothes and technology stuff and giving to children who truly need it most. If I get nothing for Christmas this year, it would truly be okay. Because I have already been radically af

fected by the message of Christ. I have peace of mind, despite my earthly circumstances, and this is because I am certain I will get into heaven because I truly have faith that Jesus has saved me from my sins in my heart.

So I’m done with my shoebox gifts and I turn them in on November 14 to my church, so they can send them to children on Christmas through Samaritan’s Purse. And then I’m spending money on donations. And one more of my ‘gift’s to Jesus’: I am thinking of sponsoring a child through a program called Compassion. It is an organization that lets you send money to a child each month, around $37, and you get to help their family and tell them about Christ. They form a relationship with you and get an opportunity to experience the love of Jesus and his Father and the Holy Spirit.

There was another organization where I could sponsor a child, and it costs about $10 less a month, but I couldn’t really tell them about Jesus and how he saves. They said we could not try to change the child’s faith with this organization. It was a tough decision to decide to pick another organization. It broke my heart because I know both children despeartely need love and to be taken care of, but I just couldn’t imagine only doing half my job by giving them heaven on earth but hell for eternity.

It seems so unfair because both children do need to be sponsored, even when you can’t tell them about your faith and how awesome it is. I truly pray that those children do get sponsored, but I would be too heart broken to go through with it, thinking about how I am not telling them about the true joy of life. But I am willing to spend $10 extra each month if it means I can talk about Jesus.

Jesus is freakin’ awesome. I plan on sponsoring a child through Compassion for a long time, because they are going to be dependent on me and my job. In a way, I get to be there mommy and I just can’t wait. I feel Jesus is leading me to sponsor a child, even though I am only 18 and have only had my job at Chick-fil-A for 7 or 8 months. I plan on actually sponsoring them on Christmas day. That’s my last gift to Jesus this year.

Haha, I can’t wait to see what I will do for him next year for Christmas. All I really want for Christmas is to please him. 🙂

Why am I doing this? Because Jesus has loved me with all his heart, given me all of his love. I only understand a teeny, teeny, tiny fraction of it. And with the little I understand, I do this kind of stuff. All of his love is really too great to understand. But it absolutely rocks my world and blows my mind what he can do through me with this little bit of love. Could you imagine how he can change the world with all his love? I’ll never understand why people act like Jesus is so horrible.

He uses us to change the world. People can only change by him if us Christians are willing to go and tell the people of the world about him. The responsibility falls squarely on our shoulders. If we don’t move, he can’t get his message out. He loves us so much and he trusted us so much by giving us this responsibility.

People so often have misconceptions about God and Jesus and heaven, or don’t even know about them at all, because we are so irresponsible as Christians a lot of the time. I give this love to these children because Jesus has loved me first. It is his love reaching them, not really my love. I freakin’ refuse to be an irresponsibilty Christian.

I want these children to feel the love I have experienced through Christ. He rocked my world in such a beautiful way when he saved me, letting me know that he loves me more than anyone else could ever love me. And I’m just letting these children know this.

Christians need to wake up and smell the coffee. Get off their behinds and realize people are hurting and dying every day because we aren’t being sevrants to Christ and spreading his message. We have to minister. People can’t change without our help. Heck yeah, I want to be like Billy Graham and Franklin Graham, going up and beyond for Jesus. ‘Cause Jesus says that this is what life is all about! 🙂 This is only the beginning of my ministry, barely touching the surface…

Preparing for “Operation Christmas Child”

Last year, at Electric City Fellowship, I donated two shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child. Operaction Christmas Child is where people get shoeboxes and fill them with gifts for needy children around the world. I spent about $40 dollars last year, and I went to Target. I only had enough money to buy two.

Well, this year, we are about to start up with OCC again at church, and now since I work at Chick-fil-A, I am planning on saving $100 to make at least 4 shoe boxes. I was gonna buy some clothes for myself, but of course, this is waaaaay more important! 😀

I was talking to a friend today, and she said that she went to the Dollar Store to get stuff to make her shoe boxes. Her and her mom made them a lot.I figured I could go there and get stuff a lot cheaper than it costs at Target, and maybe I can get 7 boxes instead of four! I want to reach as many children as possible to bless them with gifts to show that Jesus loves them, and tell them that he cares about them. This is so important to me. Makes me so glad I started working.

I’m going to stuff each box with necesseties like toothbrushes and soap or deorderant, and then I’ll add a few toys, and then I’ll write a unique letter to each one explaining how much Jesus loves these children. I’ll also put in a picture of Jesus hugging a bunch of children, so they truly feel special. I also want to pray about this, that he truly changes the lives of all these hurting children.

I wish I had a thousand dollars to spend. I love making these gifts. Even if I could only make one, I would be truly happy, because that means I am blessing the life of one child and changing their hearts for the better by telling them about Jesus. Nothing is better than that! To just help one child would truly fill my heart with so much joy.

Everyone should try these! I think I am going to make it my tradition to make these shoebox gifts. 🙂 I love children, and Jesus loves them much more than I do.

It’s by being selfless, spending money and time on others, that really shoes the true character of Jesus. By doing this, the children will feel loved and special and like they are important, even if they live in a rough place and don’t really have homes or the necesseties they need.

By sending these gifts, they learn to see how much Jesus cares for them. Because it’s not my own heart that is giving them these gifts, but rather Jesus’s heart in me. He is the one who actually sends them these gifts. When they realize this, the children will love him all the more.

Doing stuff like this is how you truly change the world for Jesus. Show people how much he cares for them, how he was willing to die for them because he loved us all so much. Be selfless, be courageous. Be willing to put aside a little time and money to advance the gospel. This is how you truly glorify God.

When I make the shoeboxes, I want to pray over each one of them before I send them off. Pray that Jesus truly reaches and touches and heals the hearts of these children. Pray that he gives them the courage to trust in him, despite all the problems and challenges they face. Pray that they may truly be healed by his presence. Pray that he gives them a better life and helps them get all the things that they need. I will pray that he has a close and very personal relationship with him, because they need this even more than they need things like deoderant.

This is because when they die, they will leave the things of this world behind, but their relationship with Christ after they die only continues to grow, and they get richly and eternally blessed in heaven. 🙂

Just to reach and change the heart of one child is my goal. This is what I live for- changing the world for Jesus. I want those children to be thanking Jesus in their hearts after they get their gifts, not thanking me. It’s not my love that heals, it truly is his. It’s truly his message, and I’m just a messanger, an advocate for his gospel of truth and peace. I pray that Jesus saves these children.

But everyone should make these boxes! You can help heal a hurting child. I have to put aside some of the things I want- buying food, clothes, music stuff- for the sake of helping a truly hearting child, helping them in the name of Jesus. How could anyone want anymore than that? I encourage to send at least one box through Operation Christmas Child- or anything like that. Anything that helps spread the message of Christ- anything you can donate to where people can learn about Jesus and get stuff. Just give and pray.

To learn how to donate to Operation Christmas Child, click here.

2nd Banner, OCC, Elizabeth’s B-day, Lacey Mosley

Second Banner
I have my second Atypical Jesus banner!!! I LOVE doing this stuff. 😀 Here it is:
Atypical Jesus Banner 02
I draw my art on this website: Neondragonart.com. When I posted this piece of art and left a link that leads to this site, some people who were not believers got upset. Some other people defended me, even if they didn’t believe in Jesus, and I’d like to post some of those people’s comments.

Replying to comment by someone who called themself a “half atheist”, another person said:
“`Half` atheist? Speaking as a 100% atheist I feel compelled to say you should respect other members artwork by not calling them an idiot for believing in something YOU dont agree with. Religous freedom works both ways and they were not bashing atheists or making you go to church so calm down. As for the picutre I like the lettering and heart that you did.”
The “half atheist” was complaining about Christians and how relgious ‘idiots’ should just go away. I appreciate the 100% atheist because they showed me respect, even when they didn’t believe what I believe. That takes some real courage and even some Christians won’t show those who don’t believe what they believe respect. This person shows good character and true kindness. On top of that, they actually said something nice about the picture. 🙂 Woohoo, that was awesome of them!

Another person said:
“i like the picture, but im not…uh, well im not wutever religion u r, that’s for sure. i really like the border. and the stuff around the heart.
actually, i don’t think anyone on here is the same religion as me…..not even my family is…..XD ”
I love that this person can say they don’t agree and still show such kindness. That’s sweet! 🙂

Another said:
“I like how the border blends in. The gold color makes it pop.
P.S .to bashers- Art is all about expression of your own thoughts and beliefs. This is something she has a passion for and incorporating it in her art is what MAKES art personal.”
This last comment blew me away. This was amazing that this person realized what makes are so personal and real. Part of art is expressing a piece of who you are, and that’s what I did, and that’s what she pointed out. BRAVO.
That’s it. I replied to kind people and I really wanted to post this.

Religious freedom does work in both ways. It takes respect from both parties for us to live together and to tolerate each other better. This is how we can get along more in this world.

Elizabeth’s Birthday
My friend from my bible study group turned 18! It was last week and I made her a card and got some of our friends to sign it. I made muffins for 12 and just for her, I got a piece of strawberry cake and put a candle in it. I got neckleces and gave them to my friends. I got a bunch of candy and shared it with people who came to our table. I gave her a birthday balloon. She said she loved it all and she thanked me a lot for it. My friend Andrea said I was too sweet, and that comment made me so happy. It’s still ringing in my heart, LOL! I told Elizabeth I loved her and she was so happy. This is what I do for my friends to show Jesus’s love through me. It’s what I’m supposed to do- care. Not necessarily this much, but I just wanted to care this much.

Just doing small, nice things for people- congradulating them, making them feel special, talking to them, being nice to them- you can show them God’s love.

Operation Christmas Child
Instead of going to NewSpring for the past few weeks, I’ve been going to Electric City Fellowship, which is a smaller and more personal church, because it is smaller. Not to say that NewSpring is not personal. They were doing this program called ‘Operation Christmas Child’, where people get shoeboxes and fill them with gifts for needy children around the world.

Even without a real job, I scrambled up some money to do two boxes, which cost me about $40. I did one for a boy and one for a girl. I bought an Etch-a-Sketch, 2 boxes of markers, a stuffed animal, 2 ring pops, 2 toothbrushes and 2 boxes of toothpaste. I put a picture of myself in each box along with a letter in each one and a picture of Jesus with children in each one. I put a little green bible in the one for the girl.

I honestly wish I could have put more stuff in there, but I did not have that much money. My letter explained how Jesus loves them very much, and how even when they are sad, he is watching over them. I said if they trust him, they will meet him in heaven and always be happy, even when they are not happy on earth.

I explained how he thought they were beautiful and precious and how they mean so much to him. I said that he really wants them to have the gifts because he loves them, and then I put in a few sentences about how to recieve Christ. I prayed that they might recieve him, and I’ll pray a lot more. It’s so important to me. I wrote everything in a way that I think 10-14 year olds can understand. I must say, the feeling of giving to those who actually need it most is worth much more than a mere $40. The act in itself will be priceless to them, and it’s priceless that they might meet Jesus and that he may change them and flip their lives right-side-up and make their lives a lot better.

Christmas is not about Americans getting more of what they have plenty enough of, it is not about selfish acts and endless greed. For well-off people, Christmas should not be about getting but about giving. Sometimes, that goes for those who don’t have much. God the Father gave us Jesus, because we need him so much. We should also give because others need it much more than we could ever need it. That is the true Spirit of Christmas, and that’s what Jesus is really about. 🙂

Here’s a story about someone who received a gift from Operation Christmas Child, and how it changed her: Read it please!

More Art
A picture of Lacey Mosley, from the band Flyleaf. It’s one of my all time favorite bands, along with Korn. It took me around 10 hours to draw.
This is the smaller version. Click on it to see the actual size.
Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf
Reference picture: Lacey Mosley!
You like? 😀 LOL it took sooo long, but it was so worth it. Flyleaf is an AWESOME christian rock band, and Lacey is amazing, hence this picture. Haha. I must say that their new CD recently came out and I wanted to get it. I remember going to Target to get my Operation Christmas Child stuff and I thought about how it had just came out. I looked in the CD isle for it and saw one was left.

The CD is called ‘Memento Mori’ and I had been waiting for the longest time for a new Flyleaf CD to finally come out, because I had heard all they already had out. Of course, there was no way I would trade the Christmas Child opportunity for that desire. It broke my heart to walk away from it and it really did hurt a little, but it was truly okay. I think I child’s life means so much more than that! Thank you, Jesus!