(singing) "On the second day of National Collection Week the good Lord gave to me two empty trucks and another great collection victory."
Well, actually I don't have any victories to report yet except that all the relay centers are open as far as I know. I wish I got reports from each relay center every day and could keep track of how many boxes have come in but maybe it's better that I don't know until the end of the week.
In the meantime, I've enjoyed brief phone calls with a few of our relay and collection center coordinators. I especially enjoyed talking with both Ron and Carol Johnson--the relay center coordinators in Bradford. Each time I talk with them I can sense God's love flowing through them.
Back in 2010 Ron had open heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and Carol left him there to come home and run the relay center. It's what they both wanted because of their dedication to Operations Christmas Child.
Tonight Carol told me that when she recruits volunteers to serve at her relay center she tells them there are three qualifications--
1) You have to smile
2) You have to be encouraging
3) You have to pray with each shoe box donor before they leave the relay center
How great is that? I wish every collection volunteer (including myself) would just keep those three rules. We'd sure be blessing a lot more people on this side of the box.