Local churches are passionate about the Operation Christmas Child ministry


operation_christmas_childWith National Collection Week going on this week, Nov. 17-23, local churches are holding shoebox dedication services and getting all of their boxes ready for shipping. A few local pastors and church members shared why this is an important ministry for their church:
• “We are in our fourth year participating in this event. We are a very small membership. We have 14 to 16 boxes to send this year. We buy items all year to prepare for this event. It makes us feel good to do something that gives children happiness and we do it in the name of
God.” — Jesse Frye of Mathiston UMC
• “We are actively involved in the Operation Christmas Child ministry. Our packing party will be Nov. 17. Our church is very passionate about this cause because we feel that wherever there is a need, Christians should be there to help spread the love, ministry and salvation of Jesus Christ.” — Merlinda Oliver, member of New Hope UMC in Macon
• “Eupora FUMC is participating this year in Operation Christmas Child, through Samaritan’s Purse. Many local churches are joining in this mission effort. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is 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. This is done by individuals and families ‘packing a shoe box’ of items. For most children who receive these boxes it will be the only Christmas ‘present’ they receive.” — Rev. Ron McDougald, pastor of Eupora FUMC

See these quotes in the November 14, 2014 edition of the Starkville District Newsletter at 11-14-14 Starkville District newsletter

Why do you feel this is am important ministry? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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