Samaritan’s Purse

We will soon be shopping for and filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 

We love this ministry because it is something tangible and meaningful – both for the children that receive the boxes and our own children.  It captures my kids’ hearts and attention to think that they are packing a box for a child far, far away – and that this box might be the only gift the child gets for Christmas. 

If you want to learn more about Operation Christmas Child, go here.

Along with that, the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog is out.  We got ours in the mail a couple of weeks ago.  Each time I get it, I can’t go through it without tearing up and feeling very convicted.  I can’t help but think about the money our family spends at Christmas time and compare that with the real needs of people around the world.  How can I justify spending money on toys that my child will get bored with in a couple of weeks when children around the world don’t have the basic necessities – food, water, clothing?  It’s something I wrestle with every year – and I think every year God works through me to bring me closer to where He wants me!

Please take a look at this interactive gift catalog before you begin your Christmas shopping.  I know it puts my mind in the proper perspective before I start thinking about our Christmas budget.

Some verses to think about…

1 Timothy 6:18-19

18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Luke 12:32-34

 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 Matthew 6:19

 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

TTAH Tuesday – Fill a Box (AND GO VOTE!)

OK, my post today is actually two tips.  Both are important, but totally unrelated.  I debated about which one to write about, and lucky you, you get both.

First, it is the season for Operation Christmas Child.  As a family, we have been participating in this ministry for several years.  To break it down for you, Samaritan’s Purse collects shoeboxes filled with gifts for underpriveleged children, they add some information about Christ in the child’s own language, and they send these boxes around the world.  For most of these kids, it’s the only gifts they get (or have ever gotten!).  It is such a powerful ministry, and so easy to participate in!  You decide what age/sex of child you’d like to fill a box for, then go fill it with toiletries, school supplies, toys, etc. 

This has been such a neat experience for our kids – we let them pick out what goes in the box and it gives us the opportunity to teach them how blessed we are – that there are children out there who don’t know Christ, who don’t get gifts, who don’t have even a small percentage of what we have.  They get to see how fun it can be to give rather than get.

If you’d like to participate, check out the info on the Samaritan’s Purse website.

And the other tip for today – go vote.  I wonder if I really even need to remind people about this – because let’s face it, if you weren’t planning on doing it by now, I’m probably not going to change your mind.  But I will say that voting is our privilege and responsibility as citizens in the USA.  Seriously consider the candidates and then get out there and make your voice heard!

Have a great day!