My wife, Terri, and I first heard about Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, in 2008 while I was attending Dallas Baptist University. OCC utilizes small shoebox gifts packed with love and filled with an array of items as a vehicle for teaching children all around the world about the love of God and as a vessel for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What Great News!
What a thrill it was to receive the exciting news this last December that Terri had been selected for the opportunity to possibly participate in an OCC shoebox distribution trip to Tanzania, Africa this May. In her wildest dreams, Terri never thought she would ever have the chance to actually go on a shoebox distribution trip. She eagerly submitted her application and we began praying for her to be one of the 26 volunteers chosen to go on this once in a lifetime trip.
Where is Terri going?
We recently received confirmation that the Lord answered our prayers and that OCC has chosen Terri to go on a shoebox distribution trip to Tanzania!
She will be one of several volunteers from across the United States forming the OCC Tanzania team. They will visit surrounding villages, minister to the locals, and distribute OCC shoebox gifts to needy children within the communities they visit, sharing the love of God and the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ with the kids receiving shoebox gifts, as well as the other villagers they encounter.
We Welcome and Cherish Your Prayers
We ask that you would include Terri in your prayers and ask God for traveling mercies and that God would use the OCC Tanzania team to bring Him all honor, glory and praise. We ask that you would pray for God to prepare and open the hearts of the children that are receiving gifts as they learn more about their Creator and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray that the shoeboxes would arrive safely at their intended destination and pray for all those involved in the multi-step process of getting them there.
Would You Like to Help?
If you’d like to come alongside us by helping provide for the financial costs of this trip, we’d be honored and filled with joy by your generosity. You can submit your donations for Terri Bantau by filling out the Tanzania Donor Form and mailing it, along with your donation, to:
Attn: OCC Team Distributions
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
We thank you in advance for your prayers and any financial contribution you may be led to make. Know that we are praying for you to, as our brothers and sisters in Christ, as we make our way together on this great faith journey.
God bless you and yours. May His favor continue to shine upon you.