narellan community congregational church was involved in the filling and sending of 98 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas child. These are sent overseas as an opportunity to touch a child’s heart and share the love of Jesus Christ.
This year we did it two ways – Individuals could take an empty shoe box and personally fill it, or each month from January to August, we had a list of suitable items for filling the boxes which could be donated by the congregation. In September we had a packing party of volunteers to fill the shoeboxes, so that all filled shoeboxes could be taken to a centre in Penrith for the October packing and shipping overseas. We also provided the finance to cover the shipping costs of these boxes.
A small Bible story book on the greatest gift of all, in the child’s own language is included in the box as well as an invitation for the child to attend a 12 week discipleship course called The Greatest Journey , introducing children to salvation through faith in Christ.
The shoe box may be the only gift a child receives, so it is a very valuable ministry.