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.
Through Operation Christmas Child, one of the greatest assets we have is unity—cooperation and teamwork worldwide among local churches, national leadership teams, field staff, and international offices. Focused on a common vision, we can bring glory to God by doing more together than we could ever hope to accomplish individually.
PRAY for our ministry partners in countries around the world, especially that unity in Christ will be consistently maintained and visibly demonstrated in every facet of Operation Christmas Child.
PRAY that God will meet the financial, logistical, and spiritual needs of our ministry partners as they prepare to receive and distribute shoe box gifts.
PRAY that OCC will be a powerful tool to support the effective ministry of local pastors. Scriptures:
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity … For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. — Psalm 133:1, 3
My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me. — John 17:21
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. [They] have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. — I Corinthians 3:7-8
“Our country is not a very soft ground for the seeds of the Gospel. Evangelical churches are still marginalized in our society. We can’t boast about big numbers. Every single case when the school or other public institution’s doors open is a miracle that has got a great value.”
“Operation Christmas Child has helped the evangelical churches to become more welcomed in the society – the gifts have opened the doors to some schools. Many churches admit that taking part in Operation Christmas Child gives them a good inspiration and example for diligent ministry. OCC is still the biggest long-term project where different denominations are unified in proclaiming the Gospel in a tangible way.” —Lithuania