100 Days Till Christmas.

Well. Bad News.

According to the lovely people on the radio its 100 days till Christmas.

If you normally put together a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, it might be a good time to start putting one together. Dont forget, they’re now asking for a donation of £3 to go with your Shoe box:

Build a Box

Way, way back in the dawn time. Well around the start of 2001, I found myself in Albania as part of the Action Team gap year scheme ran by BMS World Mission. Now I could tell you what I found myself involved with, but it was so crazy and varied I’m only going to focus on the one thing:

Shoeboxes.

I don’t mean random boxes containing shoes, I mean presents put in shoeboxes for children around the world.

I mean Operation Christmas Child style shoeboxes.

These shoeboxes are collected up at supermarkets, schools, and churches* around England and sent abroad to give to poor kids.

That’s one side of it. I was lucky enough to see what happens to the boxes on the other side.

Simply put: These boxes can be a great bridge builder between Church and the community where these boxes are being shared, and if the chance raises, it can also be a chance to share the link between giving of presents and the gift of Jesus. At the end of the day, no matter who gives them out on the other end, it is a chance to make some sort of difference this Christmas time.

Now, why I’m I waffling on about this? We discovered the fantastic Shoebox World website this evening, part of the Samaritans Purse / Operation Christmas Child setup, this is a website that takes the hassle out of putting a box together.

It’s easy to use.

More importantly, it’s not to late to give a needed gift.

* and more then likely a 101 other types of locations.

Operation Christmas Child FAQ
Shoebox World
Samaritans Purse