This week Temple Baptist Church joins with many churches across the United States to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Part of the Samaritan’s Purse ministry, the project takes shoe boxes that people have donated and delivers them, along with the message of salvation, to needy children around the world. You can bring your shoe boxes to Temple’s Fellowship Hall this week. Even if you can’t give materially, you can support the ministry with your prayers. The material below (provided by people at Operation Christmas Child), lists some prayer concerns.
From Every Nation, Tribe, People, and Language!
A Devotional Guide for National Collection Week
“[A]nd there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” — Revelation 7:9
MONDAY: CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD
The need to reach the children of the world has never been greater. Children are the most overlooked and oppressed segment of our global population and are the largest unreached people group.
Most children who receive shoe box gifts live in desperate circumstances, suffering from war, poverty, sickness, famine, or natural disaster.
Moment of Prayer (2:00 pm EST): A designated time to pause and pray along with thousands of OCC volunteers across the United States and around the world, asking the Lord to continue placing His hand of favor upon all that Operation Christmas Child seeks to accomplish through Christ.
PRAY for OCC volunteers and staff as they work to collect, process, ship, and distribute shoe box gifts to millions of children across the globe.
PRAY that OCC would be a resource to national pastors, local churches, and ministry organizations in countries that receive shoe box gifts, helping to extend their reach to hurting children in the name of Jesus.
PRAY that the shoe box gifts will serve as reminders for the children that they have a Father in heaven who not only loves them but knows their names.
PRAY that God will continue to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children around the world.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” — Luke 18:16-17
You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. — Psalm 10:17
And the King will reply: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” — Matthew 25:40
“My name is Walter. I’m 9 years old and live in Latvia. I study in the fourth grade. Thank you for the wonderful gifts. They were amazing! I was interested in every detail. I divided the sweets between my sister and brothers. This is a gift I cherish and will protect.” — Latvia