We are first of all grateful, Father, for the abundance of your gifts to us, out of which we are able to give these gifts to others. Your generosity to us is boundless; thank you for the opportunity to share it with children around the world.
We pray for the 9.8 million children who will receive their first Christmas gift this year because of Operation Christmas Child, for the 112 children who will receive these gifts collected at All Saints.
We pray especially, Father, for the over 460,000 children in the Philippines who will receive shoeboxes this year. We know that our meager offerings of crayons and slinkies cannot even begin to touch the profound suffering of those children. But we humbly ask that the gifts in these boxes would bring moments of joy to those children in the midst of so much pain–and that those crayons and slinkies would open their hearts to hear a message of true joy, true salvation, true hope, true comfort.
Bless the many volunteers who will work to get these boxes delivered around the world, Father. Protect them as they travel, especially in places that are hostile to the gospel. May the joy and light they carry with them as they serve touch hearts and open doors to your truth and love.
Most of all, Father, may each of us whose hands touch these boxes–from the people who have packed them to the volunteers who sort and deliver them to the children and families who receive them–may we all know your unconditional gift of love, the ultimate gift of your Son, which we celebrate at Christmas, represented here in these boxes. We are so grateful, Father.
As National Collection Week begins and our shoeboxes begin their journey, will you join the thousands who are praying for this project? Click here to learn more!
And thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s project at ASC possible: from taking pictures to donating supplies to baking treats for the party to packing boxes to loading them…we couldn’t have done it without all of you!