In 2016, Samaritan’s Purse collected 8,765,637 gift filled shoeboxes in the United States. Another 2,447,373 came from Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Finland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Ja­pan. Those gifts were delivered to children in 104 countries. In our area alone there were 28,532 shoebox gifts collected. Just think how many gospel oppor­tunities and how many children and their families know Jesus, the greatest gift of all because of the simple gift of a shoebox. JESUS, is the Christmas Child.

All monies given to our OCC mission fund goes for supplies and shipping. Our mission team that goes to Charlotte, NC to process shoeboxes is paid for by each person that has the privilege of going.

Please be in prayer as we plan on packing 800 shoe boxes again this No­vember. Approximate cost to fill and ship each box is an average of $15 per box. As always, please pray about your giving to this ministry.

Designate gifts to this mission by marking the amount on the monthly mission line on your tithing envelope.

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).