With all the basic items obtained, my team and I have been praying specifically for stuffed toys and filler items--those special little treasures that make the precious boxes complete.
On Friday morning I got a call at work on my cell phone. I try not to answer my phone at work and I was talking to another staff member at the time, but when I saw the call was from out of state I picked it up.
I'm so glad I did.
The call was from a dear Operation Christmas Child friend who brought a huge answer to those prayers we'd been praying. He told me a shipment of 22,400 mini frisbees specially designed to fit into our boxes was being sent to us by truck. He just wanted to confirm the address of the church for the delivery.
When I asked him what I could pay for them, he said "nothing" and told me he and his employers who manufacture these special items were "just being obedient to God."
And, OCC friends, please don't start messaging me to ask where you can get some of these. I almost didn't blog about this because I don't want to: a) put the donor in a bad spot or: b) make it look like I rate some sort of special deal.
The truth is--God provides for each of these boxes around the world in His own way.
And, yes, I've struggled to remind myself of that when I've heard of others who've received amazing donations.
Today, though, was His time for a miracle right here. A miracle that came from a special gift from fellow-Christians. These folks are being obedient and meeting the needs of children around the world. They're just allowing their gifts to pass through Erie, PA, on the way and bless us, too.
I've been flying pretty high since Friday.
And just think how high I'll be flying by this time next Saturday!