Thursday, January 8, 2015
Let's Make A Deal
Our wind chill temperatures here in Erie, PA today are subzero so it was a good day to stay inside. I'm glad the after-Christmas sales are pretty much over.
I did spend a good deal of time over the past two weeks running around to stores trying to find some good deals for our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.
Sadly, there just didn't seem to be much available in our stores this year. I found the bowls pictured above and these cups in packs of four for .49. Not really a great deal as I've been used to paying .24 for a 4-pack before. But it was the best I could find.
I was able to get 1,064 cups and bowls whereas year before last I got close to 4,000 for half the price of the ones I bought this year.
I found some boys' underwear for .15 to .20 a pair and got about 150 pairs and before Christmas I got about 120 Hello Kitty items at Michaels. I also found a few dozen cups at Hobby Lobby but nothing really cheap and not many items at all.
I know God will provide for our packing party this year, because He always does, and I'm comforted by the baseball caps and water bottles we bought at the end of 2014 for a head start on this year.
I've been trying to do some cleaning and have been sorting through lots of old OCC files and notes. God grew our packing party and also our area team shoe box totals remarkably from 2007 to 2013. But 2014 seemed like a plateau for the packing party and we actually took a pretty good step back in the area team shoe box total.
Where do we go from here? It's a lot of work just to maintain these huge numbers God has brought us to, but I don't want to just maintain. I want to see God do new things in our area.
I'm doing a lot of praying right now that God will give our team a new united vision for 2015 and clear goals. If you're reading right now will you just say a quick prayer for that. I believe God uses all of our prayers to move His work in the world and when we agree together, there's great power.
So...let's make a deal and keep praying for each other.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 4:29 PM