On Friday, November 1st members of the Upper Room filled boxes with things like school supplies and toys to participate in Operation Christmas Child, which is organized by Samaritan’s Purse. The boxes are being sent out to places in Haiti and West Africa to children. In addition, members included a picture and letter from themselves to let the recipients know who sent them. It’s just really cool that contributing what seems like a small amount to us here in North American can mean a lot to those in need from other parts of the world.
Big shoutout to Elijah A. for picking up the shoeboxes!
Though there were some difficulties involved with getting the gifts to fit inside the boxes and some members didn’t purchase their present before the appointed time designated to pack and wrap the boxes, everything was turned out all right.
In early church, they sold property and possessions to anyone who had need (Acts 2:45) and certainly Jesus encouraged his disciples to give to the poor and needy so in the same by involving us in this particular mission, we’re imitating Christ who came before us.
Paul thought this event was awesome and definitely something he wants us to do again. Joel was reminded that although we all have our own struggles and difficulties, there are people who are in harder circumstances and as Christ’s followers we have an obligation to aid them in whatever way he can.
2 Corinthians 9:7b God loves a cheerful giver…