First Baptist In New Martinsville To Serve As Shoebox Drop-off Nov. 13-20
The First Baptist Church in New Martinsville will be serving as a drop-off location for those interested in participating in the Operation Christmas Child program. From the church, the shoeboxes will be sent to Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg. From Parkersburg, the shoeboxes will travel to Boone, North Carolina, to the Billy Graham Center.
The First Baptist Church, located at 841 4th Street, will be open the following hours Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Nov. 13, 5-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 15, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 19, 1-3 p.m.; Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon.
Other area churches serving as drop-offs are as follows: Hannibal United Methodist Church, Middlebourne Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Woodsfield, Mannington First Baptist Church.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. More can be found out about the organization by accessing www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/frequently-asked-questions
The mission of OCC is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of “reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.” These simple gifts go to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease, as well as children living on Native American reservations in the United States.
Operation Christmas Child was started in the United Kingdom in 1990 by Dave and Jill Cooke. Three years after, the project merged in a partnership with Samaritan’s Purse. This combined 20 years of expertise. More than 28,000 children were helped that year. Since 1993, OCC has delivered shoeboxes to more than 146 million children in more than 100 countries.
According to OCC, shoebox gifts “are a way to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of jesus Christ.”
After one’s shoebox gift is delivered, many boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. Samaritan’s Purse and OCC work in and “through local volunteers in each country that understand their context and are respectful to the people they serve.” Samaritan’s Purse and OCC are sometimes not permitted to distribute literature, but “are still grateful for the opportunity to bless the children with gift boxes carefully prepared by people who live children.”
“Boys and girls do not have to do or say anything to receive their gifts.”