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.
SATURDAY: GLOBAL LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES
Operation Christmas Child sends shoe box gifts to millions of children in over 100 countries each year. Arriving by air, land, or sea, shipments are received and warehoused temporarily before being transported to distribution locations. Distribution sites may include churches, schools, orphanages, hospitals, group homes, and prisons. In-country logistics often prove very challenging due to extreme terrain, remote locations, seasonal weather, and unexpected situations.
PRAY for Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers worldwide to effectively arrange for the transport and distribution of shoe box gifts.
PRAY for timely delivery of gifts to receiving countries.
PRAY for National Leadership Teams to have favor with government officials as they seek necessary approvals for tax-free importation of gift-filled boxes.
PRAY that God will grant wisdom and provide means to deal with tough logistical issues in receiving, warehousing, and distributing the shoe box gifts.
PRAY for good working relationships with local church pastors, school administrators, orphanage directors, and other community contacts where boxes are distributed.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6
For nothing is impossible with God. — Luke 1:37
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:19
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. — 2 Corinthians 3:5
“Hello! My name is Magija and I study in grade 2b and am 9 years old. I am very glad about this gift, especially for the warm plaid and other things. This gift seemed to be full of kindness and generosity. It is very sweet to make a gift and send it abroad to someone whom you do not know and have not seen. I believe that when you do give to others, you become a better person yourself.” — Latvia