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...]

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...]

Mission Project: Pillowcase Dresses

So let me just start by telling you that I don't sew. I know how, sort of. It frustrates me terribly. I am very thankful that God gives other the gift of sewing! Despite my short-comings, I attended a recent Women's Ministry event at my church to make pillowcase dresses. If you don't sew, have no fear, those who can will, and those who can't can iron, cut fabric, coordinate ribbon, and fellowship. Before I get into the details of … [Read more...]

Mission Project: Bless Them With Band-Aids

Two weeks ago a friend of mine posted a request on Facebook for character Band-Aids. She was making this request on behalf of a young boy named Eli who is receiving chemo treatments. I was completely unaware that nurses, and not the hospital, supply those colorful and fun cartoon Band-Aids that bring a smile to every child’s face. Sadly hospitals supply just plain, ugly brown Band-Aids. Y'all it just melted my heart that in the midst of … [Read more...]

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

Putting together Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is one of my very favorite Christmas activities. I spend all year shopping for items for our boxes. I pray for the children and families who will receive our boxes. I lovingly pack the boxes, squeezing in as many items as I possibly can. Several years ago our MOPS group decided to work together to fill several OCC boxes. To familiarize the group with OCC, I opted to share the … [Read more...]