Enon Missionary Baptist Church, January 13, 2019
Rev. Doug Garrison, Youth Pastor Candidate, brought the message at the Worship Service. Worship service was followed with a “meet and greet” meal in the Fellowship Hall with Rev. Garrison and his family.
Operation Christmas Child
Enon Baptist Church Youth took part in Operation Christmas Child this year and met on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, to put together the Christmas Shoeboxes. They were hoping for 30 boxes, but God provided 60! Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, was created in 1990 by Dave Cooke and his wife Gill for children in Romania. Operation Christmas Child, popularly known as The Shoebox Ministry brings good news and great joy to children around the world. And the work doesn’t stop there.
The “follow-up” evangelism program of Operation Christmas Child is called the The Greatest Journey. The program uses “follow-up” evangelism with pamphlets of bible stories that are given to families that receive the boxes, and an organizer for Operation Christmas Child says his goal every day is to “expand God’s kingdom through Operation Christmas Child.” Through The Greatest Journey, the discipleship program for those who receive shoeboxes, the Gospel is transforming whole communities.
Each November thousands of churches, schools, groups and individual donors prepare and collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts. A booklet of bible stories is often distributed alongside the shoebox gifts which are given to children based on need alone, regardless of their faith. Volunteers then distribute these boxes overseas. As of April 2015, over 124 million boxes have been delivered. Operation Christmas Child in the United States has over 9,000 year-round volunteers and over 100,000 short term volunteers.