I received a newsletter from Samaritan's Purse. The newsletter contained information on the destinations of many gift shoe boxes that were donated.
I had received an email from them a while back stating that my shoe box went to a child in the Philippines.
The newsletter contained numerous testimonies of different children living in impoverished countries receiving these shoe boxes filled with goodies. A testimony that impacted me was of a young teenage boy from India. After his local church distributed the shoe boxes he accepted an invitation to attend a follow-up discipleship program Samaritan's Purse sponsors. Not long after this the young man received Jesus and his Lord and Savior. He then persuaded his father to invite the Pastor to their home. The Pastor shared the good news of Jesus with this young man's family. The Pastor continued to visit the family and share the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ on a weekly basis. His father's heart was softened and decided to take his family to church. Soon both his mother and father received Jesus and their Lord and Savior. Afterward, they placed their idols in a bag and dismantled the temple they had behind their home. They took the bag to their Pastor and said, " We don't need these anymore. We have Jesus."
And it all started with a gift of a shoe box packed with love and much prayer.
The look of joy on the smiles of these precious little ones truly touches my heart.
So far, I have been able to gather these goodies for the shoe boxes my family and I will prepare this year. I start early to be able to catch some really good sales through out the year.
Want some ideas on what to pack in a shoe box? You can check HERE for some helpful ideas. But do not limit yourself to what you see there on the list. My sister Karen (you can see her post HERE on her shoe boxes) gave me the great idea of packing socks. I also include deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap. With all the great deals I get at CVS and Rite Aid, I have a surplus of hygiene products to include.
If you didn't donate a shoe box last year, won't you prayerfully consider to do so this year?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40