Monday, January 7, 2013
Sometimes, though, I need to step back and remember that each box goes to ONE CHILD who has individual needs and wants and prayers.
I got a wonderful donation from a friend in my small group at church a few months ago. Bob is a Vietnam vet who, as a result of an accident, is wheelchair-bound. When he saw a picture on my Facebook page of people who made makeshift shoes out of empty plastic 2-liter soda bottles, he was moved to make a difference.
I've asked Bob to pray with me that God will give us great deals on shoes so that his donation will buy at least 250 pairs. He really doesn't want flip-flops, either. He wants to buy some quality shoes for the children who will receive them in their Operation Christmas Child boxes.
About a week ago I found 10 pairs for a total of $22.00 and I'm prayerfully scouting for more.
On Saturday evening I drove to our local shopping area in search of bargains and I made a stop at Old Navy. There I found one pair of glittery silver sneakers for only 97 cents! They're sturdy but also beautiful and fun. (And though the picture makes them look like they are mismatched sizes, I assure you they aren't.)
I scoured the store for more but, alas, there was only ONE pair. At first I was disappointed that I couldn't find more but then I realized that blessing ONE child with a nice pair of shoes was worth a shopping trip.
So I pray for this ONE child. She will not receive these shoes for well over a year, but God knows who she is and will help her to grow into them at just the right time.
God, please answer this ONE prayer.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 5:10 PM