As I prepared for my OCC Distribution trip to Costa Rica, I anticipated two weeks to be filled with work projects, opportunities to tell people about Jesus and show love to those I met. While all of those were true, what I wasn’t expecting where the small, little moments that left lasting impressions upon my heart.
The day had come to distribute the shoeboxes and each age group assembled within their designated line. Every child was filled with great anticipation as they careful received and held tightly onto, the box that was given to them. Then came the moment, we counted down from 10 (in Spanish!) and they opened their boxes together. It wasn’t as I expected; they did not rip open their boxes, shouting and yelling about everything inside. Instead, it was a quiet celebration filled with wonder and amazement as they explored every treasure within their box. For most of them, this was the first gift they had ever received. And yet, many were sharing the cherished items in their box. Tears overflowed from my eyes, as compassion and joy overwhelmed my heart. It’s this simple.
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is the reason why 100 million shoeboxes have been distributed worldwide. Children are being loved and cared for through the practical items within their box, while learning about Jesus through the teaching and booklets provided afterwards. OCC shoeboxes are a lot more than pencils and candy; they are doors that open to the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Pick up your box & pack it for a kid around the world, returning to KGF by Sunday November 16th!