60 Service Project Ideas

Does your mind sometimes draw a blank when your team sits down to discuss possible service project ideas? I know mine does! Or maybe you feel stuck in a rut doing the same service projects over and over again. Whether you’re stuck or not sure where to start I’m here to help! I’ve got a whole list of service project ideas that are bound to inspire your team! Can I just issue a small caution? Please don’t feel the pressure to choose one … [Read more...]

How to Host an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

Are you looking for a fun mission project for your women for the fall? An Operation Christmas Child Packing Party provides an opportunity for your women to work together to bless children around the world! Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to … [Read more...]

Homeless Event: Rachel’s Story & Care Packages

Back in the fall our women’s ministry team held an event focused on the homeless in our area. We invited Urban Ministries to come and share about the work they do. After their presentation we assembled Care Packages for the Homeless. We could have easily assembled the Care Packages on our own, but it was the presentation from the community ministry that challenged and burdened our women. Urban Ministries shared the true story of one of … [Read more...]

How Your Women’s Ministry Can Get Involved With Operation Christmas Child

I’ve recently shared “What It’s Like to Give a Child a Shoebox” and “How to Pack a Better Shoebox”. Today I want to share some ways your women’s ministry can get involved with Operation Christmas Child. I think some people assume Operation Christmas Child is a Children’s Ministry project. Or maybe it’s just a ministry your church participates in once a year. While Operation Christmas Child certainly can be those things, it can also be so … [Read more...]

How to Pack a Better Shoebox

Our family’s been packing shoeboxes for well over 10 years now and I considered myself a pretty seasoned shoebox packer. However, my trip to help distribute shoeboxes in Grenada in October has forever changed the way I’ll pack a shoebox. Between our distributions I had the chance to pepper employees with Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child (OCC) with packing questions. I was also able to ask a National OCC Volunteer and former … [Read more...]

What It’s Like to Give a Child a Shoebox

This fall God allowed me to be a part of something life-changing. Life-changing for me and the children I would soon meet. I was invited to travel on a Media Trip with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) to distribute boxes on the island of Grenada. Oh, ya'all! I was shaking when I read the email! I’ve had a heart for OCC for many years. Our family has packed boxes for more than 10 years. And I cry every time I watch the OCC promo videos. … [Read more...]

Who is God asking your women’s ministry to adopt?

I’m not talking about sponsoring a child through Food for the Hungry (though our family does) or adopting a Sunday school class. I want you to think BIGGER. What group in your community could use some love and encouragement? A few years ago God allowed witness what happened when our women’s ministry adopted the women at a local abuse shelter. Doing so radically changed the direction of our women’s ministry and our women’s … [Read more...]

Mission Project: Operation Sandwich

You may have seen my Facebook post or Tweet about making 800 sandwiches recently. Operation Sandwich has become an annual project for the Women’s Ministry at the church we've recently started attending. Having never attempted to make 800 sandwiches in an evening, I was really looking forward to participating. The Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte distributes around 800 sandwiches every day to the homeless in Charlotte. Churches and … [Read more...]

Serving in the OCC Processing Center – Part 2

I can’t wait to share the rest of our adventure at the Charlotte Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Processing Center. If you missed out on Part 1 – be sure to go here to get the scoop on our different volunteer roles. Today I’m going to take you inside some of the boxes we processed. There were some really neat and practical items packed in the boxes we processed: Entire outfits (shorts and shirts) Paper rolled up and secured … [Read more...]

Serving in the OCC Processing Center – Part 1

For more than 10 years our family has packaged boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Ove the years we’ve packed boxes for boys and girls of every age group. When our boys were younger we would pack boxes for boys the same ages as ours. This year we packed several boxes with an intentional message. While I’ve had a passion and a heart for the OCC ministry for years, much like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes this year … [Read more...]

My Message in a Box

What if you could whisper a message in the ear of a child in another country? What if you could send that boy or girl a box filled with gifts especially for them? What would you say to them? What would you send? This is the challenge I was given for Operation Christmas Child this year. Our family has been packing shoe boxes for at least 10 years now. Most of our boxes have been packed for boys the same age as ours (now 15 and … [Read more...]

The Sonshine Box

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I really wanted to send more than just a card to encourage her during her recovery. During one of my (almost) daily visits to Pinterest, I noticed the idea to send a box sunshine – an assortment of yellow goodies. What is more cheerful and sunny then a box of yellow treats?! I filled it with mostly silly items: yellow toe socks, sparkly (sort of tacky) yellow bracelet, … [Read more...]