Recently I celebrated yet another birthday (they seem to come around so much more quickly these days!!!) and as I sat looking at all the lovely cards and presents I’d received from family and friends I felt so blessed. I wasn’t born into a rich family by any means but my mum and dad always tried to make birthdays and Christmases really happy times for my brother and me, and there were always some little presents – often handmade. Sadly even this won’t be the case for the millions of needy children around the world that Operation Christmas Child would love to give a shoebox to.
During my quiet time on my birthday I thought how different my life might have been had I been born in Albania, Zambia, Ukraine or any of the other countries we send boxes to. It made me more determined than ever to try to pray more regularly, to raise more money and to send more boxes to them this year. They deserve to know love, to feel wanted and special, and above all to hear about Jesus just as much as I did all those years ago.
As a change from hygiene items (although we are a bit short of flannels still) in April lets collect little stationery things. This can include short rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners and other things like little rolls of sellotape, glue or little staplers. These are just cheap little articles to us but to those receiving them will be treasured and very useful.
Thank you again for all you do and God Bless you,