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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Operation Christmas Child results!
What a great early Christmas Gift I received this morning as I checked my email and received a notice from Operation Christmas Child. We were notified that our gift filled shoe boxes were delivered to Peru and The Philippines. Right away I called the kids over and we followed the enclosed email link to see images and even a touching video of these countries. The children. The condition they live in day in and day out. Their eyes lit with hope as they received perhaps their only Christmas gift. Their hands folded in prayer as they acknowledged that God loves them and they love him. I cannot wait to meet these children one day in heaven and give them a great hug and of course I will cry as I did this morning.
I am so touched that an organization would love people so much that they would seek them out only to give a gift and share God's love for them. May we all follow their example everyday- not just during the Christmas season.
As you all know, November 16-23 was collection week for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes. I wish to pass on some great news, but not before I say how very thankful I am for all those who filled a shoebox and prayed for a child. Now, drum roll please...... The Operation Christmas Child collection centers for Northwest Oregon received 26,517 shoe boxes. This is up 1,369 from last year. Our local relay center in Banks received 1,022 shoe boxes. This is 240 more boxes than last year- 99 of those 240 boxes came from you! Thank you!