During the Thanksgiving and Worship Service on November 20, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church dedicated 440 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes were packed all year with gifts and supplies for children ages 2-14.
Following the service, the boxes were delivered to the distribution center in Boone, N.C. Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour, work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes. Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients. As a result of what they learn in The Greatest Journey, boys and girls grow in Christ and share with friends and family. The students also invite others to their graduations where the Gospel is shared. This often brings parents, siblings, and friends to accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed. Several of our church members have tracked their shoeboxes to Mali, Namibia, Peru and The Dominican Republic.
We have much to be grateful for in our church — including our staff, our volunteer leaders, and the many people who participate in the life and work of the church. Thank you for your good work — all done as a result of your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Your generosity continuously amazes as you give to the church, to the community, and to national and international missions. Your gift of 440 shoeboxes is but one example of the generous heart of this congregation of believers!
Many thanks to all who helped to prepare for and lead the annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship Service Sunday evening, November 20.