Tonight I did the first tabulation of clothing/major anchor items for our Operation Christmas Child packing party.
We're praying for God to supply enough items to pack 23,000 boxes. If you've followed this blog you know I sought the Lord fervently about whether to do the packing party this year and recently our team made the decision to move ahead.
Last week we fasted and prayed together as a team for God to provide an affordable good-sized clothing or accessory item (like a hat, visor, or water bottle) we can buy as an anchor item for each box. This should be something useful that also fills space in the box.
Tonight I looked at the number of these items we've had in the past years of the packing party by this point in the year--
2009--we had 3380 items
2010--we had 10,044 items
2011--we had 9,779 items
2012--we had 22,309 items
2013--we had 21,439 items
And right now, this year, we have....646 items.
I did order 156 water bottles tonight so we're at about 800 items. A long way from 23,000.
But we've made a decision to move ahead with this packing party and we're not going to turn back.
God has a plan for us. I'm counting on it.