Friday, November 6, 2015

31 Days of Prayer for Operation Christmas Child - Day 22

Today is the day to pray for Processing Centers. Pray they will be set up quickly and safely as the processing season approaches! Millions of lives will be touched by shoebox gifts collected this year. Each precious gift is carefully inspected and prepared for overseas shipment. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind!!! “We can’t process shoebox gifts without the support of thousands of volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of children around the world. For many of these children, this will be the first gift they have ever received—the first time someone has ever shown them they are loved and valued.”  After people pack their of shoeboxes and drop them off at Relay and Collection Centers then they are shipped to Processing Centers for final preparations before they leave the country to go to children around the world!  Pray for the Processing Centers around around the world.  Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S.A., Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the U.K.  More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 100,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.  Shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment at eight major processing centers across the U.S.—Atlanta; Baltimore; Boone, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Denver; Minneapolis; and Orange County, California.  Northeast Arkansas shoeboxes will leave Jonesboro, Arkansas and go to Denver, Colorado and then make their way into hands of precious children in Mexico  this collection season!

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children. 

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