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Over the past 20 years over one hundred million shoebox gifts have been collected and distributed by Operation Christmas Child. Headed by Franklin Graham, and supported by millions of caring Christians around the world, OCC has encouraged and inspired the hearts of millions of children in need. In this volume, Graham shares the remarkable story of the beginning of OCC and dozens of stories of the lives impacted by these gifts.
You'll read about children like 12 year-old Lejla from war-torn Bosnia, who just the day before receiving her first shoebox had lost a friend, killed in a mine field. Walking to school that day in worn-out shoes that didn't keep the snow from her frozen feet, she despaired and decided to walk through the mine field herself, hoping to end her pain. Unharmed, she then walked down infamous "Sniper Alley." Still unharmed, she made it to school where she was given a shoebox. That shoebox changed the course of Lejla's life. Among many other items, it contained a new pair of sneakers. In gratitude, Lejla wrote a letter to thank the person who had given her the gifts--Jesus. It was then that she connected with God's heart and found His love in the gift of His Son.
This and countless other stories told by Graham, volunteers, and gift recipients from the past two decades of ministry will remind you of how God uses your gifts to change lives. As you read, your heart will be warmed, filled by the true spirit of Christmas giving.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.77 (inches)|
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retired135 Stars Out Of 5Everyone should readNovember 16, 2015retired13Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book really puts Operation Christmas Child into perspective. It was interesting to read how it actually came about and then to see how God used Franklin Graham and his "contacts" as well as a little "unknown" mountain woman to do His work. I purchased several of these books and loaned them out to our church members and it has really made a difference in their attitude about giving and packing OCC shoeboxes this year.
RagdollMomAnacortes, WAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple GiftsJanuary 21, 2015RagdollMomAnacortes, WAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I so enjoyed reading this book. I was a Relay Coordinator for the first time this past November for OCC. I recommend anyone involved with Operation Christmas Child to read this book. Or anyone else interested in seeing God move through these boxes of treasures which open the door for the Good News to be spread among children and their families.
boxladyJackson, MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5awesome bookJanuary 7, 2014boxladyJackson, MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The stories in this book will make you laugh, cry and rejoice in the amazing work of God through a simple shoe box.
flandersWeyburn SKAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 6, 2013flandersWeyburn SKAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I am a strong supporter and volunteers with Operation Christmas Child, I thoroughly enjoyed reading how OCC started and grew through the 20 years. Also loved all the stories of the impact of the shoebox gift.
KarenAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Simple Gifts - Profound LoveNovember 21, 2013KarenAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book of miracles, a book of hope, and a book of love. I was delighted to read of the start of Operation Christmas Child, and how this has grown over the years. Stories of boxes filled and brought by the tractor-trailer load filled me with delight. Descriptions of the "perfect" gifts finding just the right child (and in some cases, adult!) left me in awe of the wonderful, miraculous God who knows each of us! I am blessed to be a shoebox-packer, and to share this love for others with so many others. We are so blessed - and this book is a reminder to share those blessings with those less fortunate. I now have three copies of the book, so I can share them with others.