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GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
The Amazing Journey of a Simple Shoebox Gift Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication. Packing – From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country. Collecting – Churches and groups of all sizes collect boxes from their communities. Some churches also serve as drop-off locations for shoeboxes the third week of November every year. Shipping – Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes. Worldwide Distribution – Long before shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children. The leaders learn how to host child-friendly outreach events, and how to implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program. Outreach Events – Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients. Discipleship & Multiplication – As a result of what they learn in The Greatest Journey, boys and girls grow in Christ and share with friends and family. The students also invite others to their graduations where the Gospel is shared. This often brings parents, siblings, and friends to accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed. Go Deeper ￫
HOW TO PACK A SHOEBOX
1) Find a shoebox.
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.
2) Girl or Boy.
Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
3) Fill with Gifts.
Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.
5) Follow Your Box Labels.
Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.
Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, November 12–19, 2018.
WE ARE YOUR SHOEBOX CENTRAL DROP-OFF LOCATION SOUTH MISSISSIPPI!
Here at Main Street Baptist Church, we are the Shoebox Central Drop-Off Location for South Mississippi.
Operation Christmas Child Central Drop-offs are the first of many steps in the journey of shoebox gifts as they travel around
the world delivering joy, hope, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children in need.
If you need help with your shoeboxes, feel free to contact us at Main Street.