Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Operation Christmas Child

Yesterday I received in the mail a letter from someone I had never heard of. It came from the Philippines and so I was very curious as I opened it. Inside I was delighted to find a letter and a photo from a little girl named Arabella Angel who received one of the shoe boxes we donated last year at Christmas time to Operation Christmas Child. If you haven't heard of it, OCC is an amazing organization that is part of Samaritans Purse, which is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. (This was from their mission statement)
At Christmas last year we had so much fun putting together shoe boxes full of toys, candy, clothing items, pencils, paper, stickers, tooth brushes and tooth paste, hair ribbons and books. Our family went shopping together carefully choosing the items that we would place in the boxes. At one point I broke down and could not contain my tears because I knew these precious babies had next to nothing and I wanted to make these boxes perfect for them!
We enclosed Christmas cards in our boxes and a little note to each child that might receive the box. We also enclosed photos of our family and Montana and a return address in case they might want to correspond with us.
To our delight Arabella wrote to us with the help of her aunt! Her letter was decorated with the crayons and pencils we had sent her. When my daughter and I read it, we were both in tears. It is amazing how close we feel to this precious little 6 year old girl!
If I get my scanner working I will scan the cute little letter.


Kathy Schriefer said...

Thanks so much for packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I am an area coordinator for OCC in Pennsylvania and I had the chance to travel to the Dominican Republic to help distribute shoeboxes there in February. What incredible joy those simple boxes bring the the children who receive them! Thank you so much for being a part of bringing the Good News to children around the world.

Darlene said...

Thank you for being an area coordinator!! What a blessing it must be to serve in that way. I cannot tell you the JOY that filling those boxes brought us. The coordinator for our area talked last year about planning a trip to Mexico to distribute boxes this next year. I would ove to do that! I wish they had more photos of the kids receiving the boxes!
God Bless You!