Metolius Friends Church fills shoeboxes
This month, members of the Metolius Friends Church filled 110 shoeboxes for "Operation Christmas Child," which helps needy children around the world.
The shoebox ministry is part of Samaritan's Purse International Relief, directed by Franklin Graham.
With the goal of promoting evangelism, discipleship and multiplication of both, the shoeboxes are sent to more than 100 countries.
Samaritan's Purse volunteer leadership teams train pastors and community leaders in those countries, who want to share the message of the gospel and bless children.
The leaders learn how to host child-friendly Christian outreach events.
Churches, groups or individuals are invited to fill shoeboxes, which are collected the third week of November each year.
The boxes are packed with one big gift, such as a stuffed toy or soccer ball, and then filled with other smaller toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and a personal note and photo from the giver. (For more information, see the Samaritan's Purse website.)
People who pay for a tracking label can also track their shoebox to see what country it is delivered to.
According to the website, the shoeboxes are distributed in places where people do not know Christ, to orphanages, and other at-risk areas.
In many places, they also offer "The Greatest Gift" booklet developed for shoebox recipients.
Boys and girls are invited to join "The Greatest Journey" discipleship studies.