Some of us like shopping, and some of us don’t. However, shopping for your Christmas shoebox is not your typical shopping. You just need to envision the smiles, giggles, and excitement of a child in Haiti to motivate you as you shop.

Our pastors are learning that having Christmas shoeboxes to share when they do evangelism opens doors for them to share the Gospel with others. 
    

 Volunteers serving in Orlando, Florida, help us pack and ship shoebox gifts to Haiti.

Volunteers serving in Orlando, Florida, help us pack and ship shoebox gifts to Haiti.

This reminds me of how my husband, Pastor George, first learned of Christ. It took three sorellas (sisters) carrying Italian pastries, songbooks, and their head coverings to knock on his mother’s door to bring salvation to his home. Yes, your Christmas shoebox can be a sharp, two-edged sword for sharing the Gospel. I ask God for a floodgate of shoeboxes—enough for each child—and extra boxes for our pastors to use for their mission of evangelism.

 You will bring a smile to a child when you enclose a photo of your family with your shoebox gift.

You will bring a smile to a child when you enclose a photo of your family with your shoebox gift.

 This year, we have a goal to reach beyond our schools in Haiti, and serve 50 additional churches through the New Missions church network.

This year, we have a goal to reach beyond our schools in Haiti, and serve 50 additional churches through the New Missions church network.

The children are grateful for all of your tokens of love—including practical gifts and others they will forever cherish. Most of all, please pray over your items as you pack them—asking God to bless the child and feel the love of God as they receive your gifts. Our Christmas Shoebox Drive begins Oct. 1 and concludes Dec. 31, 2016. ~Jeanne DeTellis

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