Operation Christmas Child 2017 Begins!

Monday, November 13, 2017

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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!

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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

#IPackedAShoeBox

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

Over 11 Million Reasons to Celebrate!

Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Terri and I were ecstatic to learn the final tallies for National Collection Week 2016!

We hope you will join us and our Operation Christmas Child partners in praising the Lord for 11,485,662 shoebox gifts packed in 2016!

11,485,662 children =11,485,662 Gospel Opportunities

We are overwhelmed with joy by the staggering number of boxes filled by people just like you all around the world. Our God is immeasurably awesome, far-exceeding our imaginations and wildest dreams! God is GOOD!

Shoebox gifts collected in 2016 by country:
United States – 9,121,799
United Kingdom – 872,104
Canada – 664,525
Germany – 388,673
Australia & New Zealand – 346,592
Spain – 41,107
Finland – 37,144
Japan – 13,718
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Total: 11,485,662 Gospel Opportunities

In the days ahead, we ask that you would continue to pray for each child that will be receiving these love-filled gifts, that they would feel God’s love, and most importantly that each child would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

God bless all of you in our North Dallas area that packed a shoebox gift and all the volunteers that made collection week happen. You were each invaluable in collecting the 7, 342 shoebox gifts we received locally. Thank you to our home church, Trinity Bible Church of Richardson, Pastor Jeff Miller and the entire staff and leadership of TBC. Your unbelievable, unwavering support has and is tremendous.

Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Eternally Grateful,

In Christ,

The Bantau’s

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