Saturday, November 16, 2013

Packing Some Boxes

It's may not be what you're thinking. 

Every year we try to participate in Operation Christmas Child.  It's a way the kids can see the joy of giving to those who may not get anything else all year....and truthfully, I just LOVE it!  These boxes fly all around the world to children who have very little. 

The Church we've been visiting is collecting boxes tomorrow.  Official collection dates are November 18th-25th.

If you want to participate, there is still time!  These are real children and these gifts mean so much.  We have a precious woman we met in the "U" that actually delivers Operation Christmas Child boxes. How cool is that?!

I know everyone is uber tight this time of year?  The economy....medical bills...emergencies... 

This doesn't have to be really expensive.  We shop only at the dollar store (though we bought 6 packs of eight crayons at Target).  Our dollar store has some really nice things.  You can do one, two, or one per child.  There is a suggested donation of $7 per box to cover shipping.  IF you do this online, you can print out labels so your boxes can be tracked and see where in the world they go.

Here's the website!  You can find suggested items and places for dropping off the boxes there as well.  You don't have to use their shoe boxes, just any shoe box size box.
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/


You'll notice several children missing from our packing venture....one is sick, one is serving in another way today, and Ben still throws things (next year :) ).  The last box we packed in honor of our son in heaven, Jonathan. 

Though you want to stay away from packing liquids, things that can melt, vitamins or medicine, or army/military related things (and toy weapons), there are MANY choices.  The labels are for boys or girls ages 2-4, 5-8, and 9-14.

Here are some things we have purchased at our awesome dollar store.  We really do have a nice one.  These are just a few ideas. 

Come join the fun...because it IS fun!!!!!

Stuffed Animals
Coloring Books
Crayons
Colored Pencils (for older)
Notebooks (for older)
Pencils
Erasers
Pencil Sharpeners
Little Purses
Nail Clippers
Hard Candy
Frisbees
Balls
Sunglasses (older)
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Soap
Socks
Flying Toys
Mini Animals
Princess Crowns and Necklaces
Cars
Puzzles
Harmonicas
Flutes
YoYo
Jump Ropes
Jacks
Stickers
Hairbands
Combs or Brushes
Washcloths
Dolls

"Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me." Psalm 66:16

Prayer Requests for Our Family and Others

Our Family
Immediate: 
We would appreciate prayers for a break through with Ben and patience on our part.  It has been rough as of late, worth it...but rough.  Please pray for protection against satan's attacks. 
At Home:
*Please pray for our family to get and stay healthy.
*Please pray that Ben continues to seek love, attaches, and finds a healthy stranger anxiety.  That he learns to stop aggression to himself and others.  That he learns the value of listening to mommy and daddy.  This is so important for safety.  Finally, that he learns to play with toys (imaginative play) and be a child that he has never had a chance to be.
*Please pray for each child's emotional, physical, and spiritual health AND PROTECTION 
Prayer for the Future
*PLEASE pray we hear and follow God wherever HE leads.
*Our house needs to be fixed (foundation and roof) and has for awhile.  Other things have taken priority (our children coming home...smile).  They need to be fixed.  We also hope/pray (IF God wills) someday to expand (possibly convert the garage) in order to have the room if God calls us again.   We don't want new or perfect, just room IF God wills. 

Prayers for Others

Please forgive us if your prayer request is not listed.  We may not be sure if you wish us to share it.  Please shoot us an email and let us know!  We'd love to share your prayer request here if you wish or pray privately for you.

*Please pray for a precious friend of mine (the "A" family).  Their newest blessing has some serious medical issues and they could use prayers for discernment and for the medication to work without the side effects. This is all I am able to share right now, but please petition God on their behalf.  He knows who they are. 

*Please pray for Selah, who had a very serious stroller accident.  Please join us in storming Heaven for a miracle of complete healing.  Please also pray for peace that passes understanding for her family.
*Please pray for Tommy, a tiny 15 year old from Eastern Europe.  He is very special needs and has only recently come home. 

*Please pray for Eden, a little blessing from Ethiopia, who has a life threatening disorder.

*Please pray for Henry, Teresa, Joey, and Rex's families as these precious ones went to be with Jesus within this last year. 

*Please pray for a friend's wife from college.  Her cancer has returned.  Please pray the "N" family.

*Please pray for my friend "L".  She has dealt with some extremely hard and painful stuff with a family member (really ugly) and this family member has been diagnosed with cancer.  Please pray for her as she travels this hard road.
*Please continue to pray for Ruby, Jeremiah, Katie, Carrington, Selah, Daniel, and Wes.  These little ones came into their families with health difficulties (this is an understatement).  A few were caused by severe situations of neglect or malnourishment (or both). 

*Please pray for our friends the “K” family who is struggling with attachment and other situations.


*Please pray for my friend Jodi (and family) as they struggle with the brokenness that some of our children from hard places face.

*Please pray for Eliz and her family as they transition with their many new blessings.  Also for her grown children and their healing as well.
 
*Please pray for Gena (and family) and their teen son. Please pray for him to come to know CHRIST.

*Please pray for the "S", "P", and "D" family.  Members of their families are fighting for their lives against drug addiction.

*Please pray for young Emma as she has recently moved to Uganda to minister to those beloved children of God and now has a precious son through the blessing of adoption.

*Please pray for Molly and her family as they seek a precious one from the "U".  Please pray for the process to be smooth.  Please pray for their son, their family, and the finances as they continue.

*Please pray for a Lesya and family.  They are currently out of country and shortly bringing their three children home.  Please pray for the transition of their children and for their wisdom as parents.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, my name is Liza, and I just found y'all's blog today. I was a prayer warrior for Benjamin last year on the Angel Tree, and out of curiosity, searched him on Reece's Rainbow today to find out where he is - what a blessing and joy to see him in a FAMILY!

    Also, I'm starting preparations for a ten day trip to a country that has bee in the process of stealing my heart for the past four years - Ethiopia…which, is pretty plain from your blog, is important to y'all as well :D

    Hugs, love and blessings to y'all…God bless you.

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