Saturday, January 31, 2009

Operation Christmas Child-- The Journey

So back in 1995 I packed three shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child--an international outreach project that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy kids in 100 countries around the world. The next year I packed 5 but the year after that I got serious and decided to collect items year-round with the goal of packing 40 boxes. I ended up packing 80 that year and 125 the next.

God just kept growing the project and in 2008 it was up to 7,327 boxes. I don't know what goal God has for us in 2009 but today I packed 70 more boxes to get our total up to 272 for this year so far. I'm hoping to use this blog to chronicle the day-by-day journey to pack these boxes.

On February 9th I'm scheduled to travel to the Dominican Republic with Operation Christmas Child to help distribute boxes there. This has been a dream of mine for more than a decade and I'm praying it'll change me.

Today I got a package in the mail from OCC with some info about the trip. It had a cool red OCC shirt for the trip and a book of Beginning, Beginning Spanish. Si. I don't know any Spanish except what I learned from Sesame Street--and that was more than two decades ago.

Oy vey--oops, that's Yiddish, not Spanish.