Train Wrecks Turn Heads from the Miracle Moments in your Life

Life is messy. The world we live in is witness to the endless bucket of challenges waiting for us outside the comfort of our walls. We build walls to hold things inside or to keep unwanted intruders out. In either case, we falsely presume that the walls themselves will keep trouble at bay. Watch the news regularly and you’re sure to be discouraged and dismayed. Staying inside and bolting the door seem like a good response. But, no matter how hard you try to hide, the world creeps in and with it trouble is sure to follow. I have good news. The same God that loved you and cared for you on Friday is alive and well and governing from His throne on Monday.


Therefore, don’t be disheartened. Pray for the lost, the last, the least, and the lonely. Know that with God, no trouble can defeat you, no darkness can overcome you. Believe. Trust. See. Don’t lose sight of the work God has done and continues to do all around you. Remember the miracle moments in your life. You’ve got them. God has moved mountains and parted seas for you. Let not despair taint the good things the Lord has done for you. Train wrecks turn our heads from the miracle moments God has showered us with in our life. Do not fear. Stay strong. I believe in you.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

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Operation Christmas Child 2017 Begins!

Monday, November 13, 2017


National Collection Week 2017 is here!

All around the world, tens of thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers and thousands of ministry partners are prepared to receive love-filled, prayer-covered shoebox gifts to share with millions of needy children.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

2017 marks our 9th year of involvement in this incredible ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse. Like so many OCC volunteers, Terri and I got started by packing a simple shoebox gift in November 2008. Today, we kickoff our 3rd year as a OCC Central Drop-Off. In 2015, after serving as the Richardson area’s Relay Center for six years, we transitioned to the even bigger responsibility of serving as a Central Drop Off. Terri and I have learned a lot about our amazing God and our faith has grown through this ministry project. In 2015, Terri fulfilled the dream of a lifetime in going to Tanzania and taking part in several shoebox distributions. We have been blessed tremendously through seeing God at work through this wonderful project giving millions of children worldwide the opportunity to hear about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

Packing a shoebox gift is loads of fun and brings great joy to your household, family table, small group, Bible study, or prayer group. Packing shoeboxes with others is a rewarding experience and a powerful blessing. When you pack your shoebox gift, pray over it once you’ve got it all done. Prayer is a vital ingredient in the process. Include an encouraging note and maybe even a picture of yourself. Be sure to pack a WOW item!


If you live in North Dallas and surrounding Dallas North area please bring your shoebox gifts to us at Trinity Bible Church 400 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75085 during any of the following collection times:

Monday thru Friday    10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday     1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
2nd Monday    10:00 am – 5:30 pm


We look forward to seeing you!

Rainer and Terri Bantau


Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)

How to Pack a Shoebox Gift