by Debbie Vanaman
Spring has arrived, at least according to the calendar, and our thoughts start to turn to the ever-changing world around us. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I always start to think about how the trees and flowers come to life in the magic and wonder of spring and how God brings this all back to life each and every year.
Our God has indeed created a beautiful and wonderful world for us to live in but in some parts of the world, there are children who live in less than desirable conditions and lack some of the basic needs of living. These are the children that Samaritan’s Purse helps each and every year through Operation Christmas Child. These shoeboxes are distributed not just at Christmas time as you might think but all throughout the year through mission trips all around the world.
You might think how can I help. Each month we are collecting items to fill shoeboxes later this year and for the month of April, we will be collecting pens, pencils, crayons small notepads and markers. Most children in these countries lack the basic school supplies and cannot attend school without them so this is a vital part of the shoebox ministry. I could also use any empty shoeboxes that you might have in the back of a closet or under your bed.
Please keep these children and this ministry in your prayers as the name of Jesus is spread around the world one shoebox at a time.