Sunday, November 6, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

One of my favorite ministries of all time is Operation Christmas Child organized by Samaritan's Purse.  For many, many years, Mark and I have stuffed shoe boxes full of toiletries, toys, art supplies, and candy.  We loved assembling these gifts, turning them in, and knowing that they were going to reach children all over the world. 

Cecely and Titus earn money each week for doing chores around the house.  They earn bonus money for things they do without being asked or for jobs that are out-of-the-ordinary.  The two of them saved money for over a year for spending money for our trip to Disney World in September.  With that money, the children were very careful what they spent there money on.  Since we've been back from Disney, they have been saving their earned money in jars in their rooms.

We've been talking about Operation Christmas Child for a couple of weeks. The kids decided to use the money they had been saving to buy things to fill their own shoe boxes.  I was so proud of them!  We went to Target and Walmart today after church.  Cecely and Titus went down every aisle.  They didn't want to buy junk.  They wanted to spend their money on gifts that they would want if they were receiving the boxes.  They kept up with how much money they had spent and almost spent to their last dollar for other children.

I think it is so important to teach children to care for others.  Operation Christmas Child gives our family the opportunity to help people that we will never meet this side of heaven.  But, when we do get to heaven, I cannot wait to meet the children that received the boxes we have filled through the years!  Cecely and Titus are both compassionate and giving children.  I am so proud of them.  They know they won't have spending money for awhile, but they were more than willing to spend their hard earned money on strangers.  I pray that they will continue to develop their ministerial hearts!

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