Episode 67. Christmas Child Champions

With so much going on in our world today, spreading joy to deserving children is a blessing. Our Operation Christmas Child ladies work tirelessly to ensure children around the world have a happy Christmas. Emily Kennedy shares more about this special ministry, how it got started, and how we can do all things through the One who strengthens us.

SHOW NOTES

Intro and Welcome | Tim Peabody

Guest Spot Highlight | Emily Kennedy, Operation Christmas Child Volunteer

  • Family doing fine. Staying in a lot. In that wonderful age group that are encouraged to stay home.
  • Busy with Covid Projects. Sewed a hundred pillow slip dresses for OCC boxes. Took on the enormous task of sorting through fifty years of photos and getting them in albums. Tried to stay busy. Don’t like sitting around.
  • Tim: OCC is a big deal this time a year. How many boxes this year?
  • Emily: We have about three thousand boxes packed. Last year we did “special” boxes, and were scheduled to do that again, but weren’t sure we’d have enough people to do those boxes. We are pretty passionate.
  • Tim: What is in a typical box?
  • Emily: We always put school supplies in. Toothbrushes. Something fun like a stuffed animal or soccer ball. Washcloth and soap. Small trinket. Pack for 2 – 4 year olds, 5 – 9 year olds, 10 – 14 years old. Try to put clothing in when we have enough donated or we find enough bargains.
  • Tim: How does our church accomplish three thousand boxes a year?
  • Emily: Because we work on it all year. Every week starting about February. Break October – February. Bunch of ladies passionate and dedicated. Many are at home making jewelry or pony tail holders. Church members are generous in buying stuff as well. OCC ladies buy a great deal too.
  • Tim: Tree of shoeboxes is in the Commons. You need help right now. How can we help?
  • Emily: Five P’s – (1) Pack Boxes. Available at OCC Kiosk. I pack eight boxes a year in honor of my grandchildren. Do labels off computer so I can see where my box goes. One time got a letter back. (2) Pray. Pray for the box and the child as it makes it’s way across the world. Boxes go out through a local church. Children can also get a Bible in their language. Lots of testimonies on the OCC website. Children get very excited about pencils. OCC is part of Billy Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. (3) Pay. Still need money to ship boxes. Cost is $9. Covers cost of shipping, the booklet study and the Bible. (4) Pack Again. On Nov. 15, meeting in back parking lot to pack the boxes into cartons preparing them for shipping. (5) Plan ahead. Preparing for next year.
  • Emily: We got started five years ago when four of us ladies went to the processing center in Dallas – Barbra Wolfe, Betty Jouillion, and Amy Rowan. Every box is opened there and anything inappropriate is pulled out. We helped go through and replace items as needed. Learned that smaller churches were packing over a thousand boxes while our church was only packing a few hundred. Began promoting. Meeting regularly. Grown from there. Passionate group.
  • Tim: Fire has been burning for five years. Love being part of a church that does this each year.

Devotional | Emily Kennedy

  • Philippians 4:13
  • Fifteen years ago my young adult daughter was going through some struggles. Asked her how she was getting through. Several years later she brought me my little dish towel. “I remember you quoting this verse” she said.
  • You never know how you are influencing your children. Heard about life verses, and never thought about having one, but apparently this one is it.
  • No matter what we are faced with, we don’t have to do it on our own strength but Christ’s strength.

Prayer | Tim Peabody

  • Jessi Orcutt Williamson – pregnancy difficulties
  • Joy Stewart, surgery today
  • June Conerly – surgery today
  • Makayla – grandmother sick with possible Covid.

Closing Remarks

  • Thank you, Emily. Enjoyed it.
  • We love our family.

Host & Guest

Tim Peabody

Emily Kennedy

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