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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.

*Poetry Corner- “Plastic Rose, Plastic Faith” + ECF, Trust

This is a haiku I made. The underlying meaning has to deal with how amazing it is to have faith. Of course, it’s about having faith in God, but it can apply to having faith in relationships, having faith in what you do, having faith in yourself, having faith during difficult times. I really love this poem.

Plastic Rose, Plastic Faith

The beauty of the
Plastic rose in snow: colors
That survive winter.

I think I’ll draw a picture with it, later.

Electric City Fellowship, Trust

I normally go to NewSpring church, but lately I’ve been visiting Electric City Fellowship. It’s much smaller but often feels a lot more personal. I just wanted to say that the place where they normally have church has been shut down. It’s very discouraging. It’s not easy to continue trying to have a service and figuring out where to go to have a service. Luckily, these church members did not just give up, but they worked hard and they moved the church back to T. L. Hanna High School.

They have service on Sunday there, and I’m so glad they didn’t give up. I told one of the members I’d try to invite people to come to that church since I’m sure they would love some more people. They welcome everyone with open arms. 🙂 It’s important not to give up on the message of God just because of hardships. Sometimes, God even puts obsticales in the way on purpose to test us or to teach us something. They may be hard at first, but they may turn out to be something beautiful. This is one reason it’s important not to give up on God: you never know what exactly he has in store for you.

He may bring you pain and confusion, but it’s important to persevere and continue to trust him, because he never gives up on us and when we hold on and continue to work hard even when times get difficult, he promises to bless us in the end. The results for working hard for the name of Jesus are not always immediate, and it’s important to realize that that’s okay. I think about that all the time!

It really is okay to not understand what he’s leading you to, as long as you trust him. A child may like to play in the road, and their parent might spank them every time they do it. Of course, the child doesn’t understand why they get spanked at the time. Is it to be mean? Of course not! The parent doesn’t want the child to get hit by a car. So it’s okay not to see the smaller picture if you understand the bigger one; God really is always looking out for us. He is a parent, he is our Father. And good fathers take care of their children.

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