Operation Christmas Child 2018
Operation Christmas Child is an evangelical ministry of Samaritan's Purse that sends Love-Filled, Gift-Filled Shoeboxes around the world. This is Bethel's 5th year to officially participate in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.
Shoeboxes filled with gifts, hygiene items, school supplies, and clothing items are presented to children in 3rd World countries as well as areas affected by famine, natural disasters, and diseases. In 2017, BBC's Shoeboxes went to Haiti, which had been hit by a hurricane earlier in the year. Between 2010 and 2017, Haiti has lost more than 10,000 people to cholera.
While the children receive Shoeboxes filled with fun, the real gift they receive is the knowledge that Jesus loves them and died for them. Each child receives The Greatest Gift, a booklet about Jesus in their own language. When these precious children take their gifts home, they are sharing your graciousness and Jesus' love with their family and friends. Samaritan's Purse estimates that each Shoebox touches the lives of approximately 11-12 people.
Our goal for Bethel Baptist Church Norman in 2018 is to send 500 Shoeboxes.
- Bethel's Operation Christmas Child Kickoff Sunday is October 21.
- Shoeboxes will be available starting that morning in both Foyers outside the Sanctuary.
- Filled Shoeboxes are due back by Sunday, November 11. Don't forget to include $9 shipping.