Last year I went on a mission trip to Slovakia. We did a lot of hard work while there and some of that work involved cleaning out a storage area. This is one of the things we found while doing that work! I was so elated to see that Operation Christmas Child had been to Slovakia! It was another affirmation to me that God planned for me to be on this trip. I love what the Shoebox ministry does and what it means…that kids are meeting Jesus in their boxes. They feel the hope and love that God wants them to have everyday. I am so tickled to know that we were able to be in a place where this ministry had been. God is everywhere.
So, did you ever think you could be a missionary? Well, you can and you don’t even have to leave home to do it. Just get an ampty shoebox and fill it with some goodies to send to a child today. Write a letter and send your picture. It doesn’t matter how much stuff is in the box- what matters is the love and prayers that you put with the stuff! God will supply all their needs. Just send a box.
I thank God for each and every box that gets sent in the name of Jesus.
Need a box?
come to FUMC Hillsville and pick one up!
Thank you for sending love in a box!
This is why we do what we do….
The next Shoebox Cluster Meeting for will be at Fancy Gap United Methodist Church on October 5th at 6 pm. We will be having a soup and sandwich meeting-so don’t worry about dinner!
Bring a friend or two or three! Bring your ideas, plans, prayers and excitement! We can’t wait to see you again!
This is Fred’s Family in Madagascar. They received a box from us a few years ago and we were blessed to be able to send another box the year before last, on our own. We have been able to keep in touch every now and then via email. Fred is in college in the city and his family lives in the village and they work as rice farmers. In this picture is Mom and Dad and two siblings. There are 4 more children. They are standing outside of their home. It is because of Operation Christmas Child that we have been able to be missionaries from Hillsville to Madagascar- halfway across the world. Thank you Franklin Graham!
In the top picture-you see Adricia standing in the doorway behind her Mom.
Bring a child hope in a little shoebox…
See you at our meeting!
Good Morning! This little fella is MASON! He is tickled to be part of our “hands on” project with Operation Christmas Child!
Look at that face!!!!!!!! He makes me grin and laugh out loud!
Yesterday, Sunday, during children’s church we each traced and cut out our hands to place on the Operation Christmas Child tree that was bare. My goal is to show how each and every hand is made in the image of God and how each of us are different in the colors, sizes, and shapes. God has made each of us in His image, yet we are all unique within His total creation. We can all be individuals AND be united under God. We all have different gifts that are to be used in different ways for God. Some of those gifts will come together to do certain projects such as the Shoeboxes. Others will come together to do other projects like serving at Open Table, UMW, Methodist Men, Senior Ministry, Choir, Tweenz, OOTB Youth, Children’s Ministry, SS, SNL, SouledOut, Website, Church History, Bethel, Motorcycle Ministry, Evangelism, Camp Dickensen, Missions, Finance, Worship, Women’s bible studies, the downtown worship site and the list goes on. ( I know I am forgetting someone and if you would email and let me know I will add it to the list! :) )
As each hand is placed on this tree, the tree will begin to fill out and it will “bloom” as God has intended for it to do. Behind each “bloom” is the light of Christ-lighting our way. It is when we unite together under GOD that we can do amazing things for Him! Our hands should be open in love, not clenched tight in fear. We need to release God’s love to the world and it is when we join hands and work toward HIS goal we can do that. The Shoebox ministry is one way that we do that.
Franklin Graham had a vision and he TRUSTED IN GOD and followed the vision. We must do the same. Today there have been over 68 million shoeboxes delivered in third world countries around the globe. It didn’t happen overnight and one man didn’t do it alone. It took a man who was bold enough to follow the vision that God gave him- prayer and many hands across the world joining together to do this job. One job of many in God’s Kingdom. All jobs are important from the prayer warrior, to the giver, the warehouse worker, the box checker, the taper, the prayer warrior, to the delivery person. The delivery may be done by plane, boat, camel, motorcycle, bicycle, elephant, on foot and running! It takes many hands. This little tree shows a few of those hands. All important.
The world is so needy, so desperate and so dark that it seems like there aren’t enough hands to do the work of God. But there ARE. We do them one at a time, together, in love. We begin with ourselves. We pray and ask God what He would have us do, individually, and then we listen and obey. Not all are called to do the same job. This is a great thing because there are so many jobs to do. But we are all called to pray, and as the family of God we can PRAY for one another. So, as I post this today, will you please pray for all the ministries in your church?
OUR hands are filled with LOVE…let us RELEASE the love and be like a butterfly! Flitting to and fro-spreading it wherever we go!
Blessings for the journey…
At our Cluster Meal on Tuesday August 31, a decision was made to make Samaritans Purse our Cluster focus this year. This is such an exciting opportunity for our Cluster. Patti Holderfield is the Samaritan’s Purse coordinator for FUMC Hillsville and has a wonderful passion for this ministry.
She has arranged our first meeting for next week,
September 15, 2010.
We will meet at Gladeville UMC on at 103 Cranberry Rd, Galax.
There will be lunch served at noon, followed by a short devotion and then the Operation Christmas Child meeting. Please let me know if you will be
attending for lunch. You can call 238-0376. If you can’t make it for lunch, the meeting will start at 1:00. Please let me know if you have any questions.
We have an amazing group of young people who are working right now to raise money to go to La Chureca in 2011. Two of our own have already been there. Ray Edmonds and Laura Holderfield. They are very passionate about Nicaragua and the people that live there.
Please take a few minutes and watch what Operation Christmas Child is doing in La Chureca. This is the same place that two of our own have been. Take some time, one on one, and talk with Ray and Laura about how their world has been turned upside down after taking thier own mission trips to La Chureca. Hear their hearts. These two young people will never be the same again and neither will the children they have come in contact with. At the same time, we, the church body, will never be the same again either. Some of our young people will be on this 2011 trip with Ray and Laura and it is so important that we begin to pray for them now. My heart breaks as I watch this video and listen to the words spoken there. We, in America, have no idea what life is like in La Chureca. It is incomprehensible to us. God has given Laura a vision and she needs our support to make it happen. God is using Laura and Ray to change the lives of our children, here in America. He is giving them the heart of Jesus- mission hearts. You see, it takes all of us to do this mission work. We can support the trip with our prayers, our finances and our donations of clothing and shoes. They have been diligent in working at fundraising for this trip.
Please watch the video and ask God how you can help.
Blessings for your journey,
( all photos taken by Laura Holderfield)