Operation Christmas Child
The History of OCC and DRC
For those of you who don't already know, Operation Christmas Child was a favorite ministry of our dear sister, Colleen Butcher. The ministry Colleen so dearly loved is dedicated to bringing the good news of the Gospel to unreached people groups across the globe. Pastors and church plants are trained in how to reach out to their local community and bring the gospel to them in the form of an event where children are the focus. It may be a play about a Bible story, a sing-a-long or some other entertainment with a God-centered theme. At the end, shoeboxes are passed out to the children along with a book "The Greatest Journey". They are invited to attend a 12 session teaching of the story of Christ.
Over 10% of children that receive shoebox gifts come to know to Lord in places like Indonesia, Namibia, Philippines and the Ukraine. Please help us bring the good news of our Lord to these unreached places in our world and sign up to help us collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week.
This year Del Rey Church will be partnering with Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child to collect shoebox gifts from our own Del Rey Church community for the 2018 National Collection Week, November 12 - 19.
After receiving a shoebox gift, children have the opportunity to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a dynamic, 12-lesson Bible study course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
We will begin by passing out OCC shoeboxes on Sunday, November 11th, in the breezeway. We purchased 200 boxes from Samaritan's Purse and hope to be able to distribute one shoebox to each family. In case you miss out, we encourage you to use a shoebox from your closet or buy a plastic shoe box from Target or other discount store.
During National Collection Week, November 12 - 19, we will be taking in shoe boxes from our own Del Rey Church community. Our big push will be on Sunday, November 18, in the breezeway.
Need help with what to put into your box? Should you put candy in? How do you pack for a girl/boy? What ages should you pack for? Follow the provided link to make sure you meet the criteria! And if you are a Hobby Lobby shopper, click here for a 40% OFF Coupon. (some restrictions apply)
Drop off your shoebox anytime from November 12-19 at the
Del Rey Church, Fireside Room
8505 Saran Drive, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
If you are at a loss of time to go shopping, pack a box and drop it off, then we have the solution for you! Samaritan's Purse has an easy to use, online method to pack a shoebox Christmas gift.
Make a $9 donation toward shipping and receive a special label. Attach the label to your shoebox, and Operation Christmas Child's volunteer staff will track it and notify you via email about the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love. While on line accessing this fun tracking feature, you are also given the opportunity to donate to the Greatest Journey by providing class materials.
If you donated through "Follow Your Box" and attached the barcoded label to your shoebox, enter your email address to see the status of your shoebox gift.
So what happens to the shoeboxes? Where do they go? How are they distributed? While a few presents are a delightful way to bless a kid, there is much more that happens. Samaritan's purse uses the shoeboxes as part of their evangelism and discipleship outreaches!
Operation Christmas Child counts on "in-kind" donations to ensure each shoebox gift is full and of the highest quality. We use donated items from organizations and businesses as filler items and to replace items that may harm a child or damage the shoebox. Most in-kind donations we receive are discontinued, imperfect, or overrun items that companies can’t sell, but would make great gifts for needy children around the world.
Volunteering with Operation Christmas Child directly connects you with God's global purposes. By serving year-round, you further the proclamation of the Gospel in more than 150 countries around the world. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship, transforming the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus Christ.