Episode 37: Celebrating Christmas Child
It may only be May, but Operation Christmas Child boxes can still be packed and prepped for children around the world. Today, Barbara Wolfe shares her passion for this very special ministry and encourages us to stop and take a moment to see Christ in all this is going on around us.
Guest Spot Highlight | Barbara Wolfe, OCC Project Leader For MHBC
- John and I have been busy. Cutting down trees. Packing shoeboxes. Two children. Five grandchildren. Not seen them in person, but have a family Zoom meeting every Wednesday night.
- Small family business. Didn’t think we’d make it in the beginning. Stuck with it. Able to work and looks like we will make it.
- Operation Christmas Child Update: Two years ago sent out 5,000 boxes. Special assignment last year and met goal. Kicked off in February. Fired up after training. Bottom then fell out due to coronavirus. Decided to continue to pack boxes. Should have set bigger goal, in April we packed over 1,000 boxes. Not meeting together as a body. Have met in parking lot to have coffee cake. Gathering supplies.
- Church family can help OCC. Ladies making t-shirt jump ropes. Website – joywithpurpose – directions for making the jumprope. We could use 1,000 jump ropes. Children could also make headbands or necklaces from kits at Hobby Lobby. Hair scrunchies are made from pony tail holders and crocheted around them. Crocheted doll blankets. We could use the following: matchbox cars, Mardi Gras beads, soap and bath cloths, school supplies. Many children unable to go to school without school supplies. Beanie babies would be great too.
- OCC Story: Raphael could only bathe every other week. Got his supplies in his OCC box. Every other week he would take his cloth and soap and go to public housing to take his shower. He then returned to the orphanage. Did this for a year. Eventually he was able to come to the US, and today he’s 34 years old. He buys 5,000 bars of soap and cloths for boxes each year.
- 10.5 million boxes distributed last year through OCC. Children and their families were introduced to Jesus. 1 out of every 4 children that received a box made a profession of faith as a result of this ministry.
- Our church does quantity and quality. The ladies (also known as “OCC Chicks”) are passionate. We meet every Wednesday. They love the ministry and each other. Have so much fun serving.
- OCC Story: A little boy got his toothbrush and began brushing his hair with it. Outreach leader explained it was for his teeth. The next day he shared that all thirteen family members used it. Our OCC ladies pack multiple toothbrushes now – as many as we can get in there.
- Samaritan’s Purse sponsors Operation Christmas Child. Donations of $9 are welcome. We need money for shipping.
- Most important thing is that we are sharing the Gospel. A big bang for your buck.
Devotional | Barbara Wolfe
- Tim: Read aloud passage of Barbara’s request. Matthew 14:22 – 33.
- Barbara: We are all in the same storm, but not the same boat. Everybody is different in this storm. People look at storms differently. A lot of people ask where God is, what is He doing? Matthew knows where God is. He is right here in the middle of it. We don’t have to go looking for Him. We don’t have to know if He is here because we can know regardless of the boat or storm we are in, He is right here with us.
- Take a moment. Stop. You will see Him here.
Prayer | Tim Peabody
- OCC Ladies
- Jeff and Olivia Lowery
- Elaine Molt
- Thursday, May 7. National Day of Prayer. Join national broadcast at 7:00 PM at nationaldayofprayer.org to pray along with many across our country.
- We Love Our Family.
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