Christmas is on the way for 1,000 poverty-stricken children... straight from the heart of Calvary.
If you didn't have a chance to stick around after the 11AM service last Sunday morning, you missed one of the most touching, most moving scenes we've ever beheld here. Well over 200 people packed a thousand shoeboxes to send somewhere in the world .
But Sunday was just the culmination of many weeks' work by our volunteers.
Where do we even start? Over 30 people met every Monday afternoon to sort and repackage the thousands of items you donated. These volunteers ranged in age from 30-90 years old and worked together like a well-oiled machine. A lot of laughter and chatter accompanied the bagging soap and washcloths, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and of course lots of candy. They also managed to assemble 1,000 shoeboxes!
The heart of these volunteers was so evident throughout the process.
Some of you placed Operation Christmas Child display tables in your places of business during weekdays. Many ladies sewed dresses and shorts for children so they'd find a new outfit in their shoebox on Christmas. Our teens from Student Ministry collected donations for shipping expenses at the exits on Sunday. And of course we can't fail to mention the set-up and tear-down crew as well as those who fed lunch to our volunteers who stayed to pack boxes.
The body of Christ ranging in age from 4-90+ years worked side-by-side so children around the world hear the good news of the gospel.
Many times during the packing party, we stopped for 30 seconds to pray over the boxes in hand at that moment. You could have heard a pin drop as each of the hundreds of volunteers-- children included-- bowed their heads and prayed for the child who would receive that box. One little boy wanted to be sure a tissue was in the box he packed in case the child who opened the box had a runny nose. Another darling little girl personally selected several stuffed animals and placed them gently on the donation pile.
Sometimes serving God is just pure fun.
This past weekend was one of those times. Thank you, Calvary, for every item you donated, every minute you helped, and every prayer you prayed. Millions of children will be impacted this Christmas, and a thousand of those will be touched by you.