By: Evan Ko, Shield Staff
On November 12, NRCA’s eighth-grade class held its annual Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection. According to Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project. The project helps provide Christ’s love and Christmas presents to children across the globe who might never have otherwise heard the gospel message.
“Operation Christmas Child is a great way of telling the Gospel. The shoeboxes are going to a mission’s organization called Samaritan’s Purse [who will send them] to areas where missionaries are working to tell people about God’s salvation found in Christ,” Bible teacher TimothyGardner said. “There are many cultures that are otherwise closed to hearing about Jesus, but these people love their children just like we do. So when the missionaries bring gifts that make their children happy, these cultures become more open to allowing the message of Jesus to be taught among their people.”
Not only is Operation Christmas Child a great way of sharing the Good NewsMany students participate in this project as a way to make a difference around the holidays.
“Participation in this program allows us as individuals and as an organization to participate in our mission of taking the good news of Jesus to people around the world, while at the same time bringing joy to a child,” Gardner said.
NRCA gave over 100 shoeboxes to the Samaritan’s Purse through the generosity of our students and families.