As I'm following the worldwide activity of Samaritan's Purse, I cannot ignore the main push this year: The Greatest Journey, a discipleship program for the children who receive OCC shoe boxes. Having received one myself, I know how crucial that moment is, as it opens a child's heart to ask Jesus in his/her heart. Moreover, that is also the perfect time for following up with the children, and teaching them what the Word of God says. That is what the Greatest Journey wants to accomplish- lead the shoe box recipient to an understanding of Jesus Christ. Accomplish the Great Comission!
Yes, many of you pack the box as a reflection of your heart's kindness, and as a reflection of God's love. However, it takes a local teacher or mentor to develop the seed planted in the child's life in order to understand who God is. The shoe box will impact that young heart so much more when used to grow the seed of love and kindness. The discipleship program has 12 lessons, and it presents Creation and Salvation to the children. It is amazing to hear children say : "I know Jesus can make things good again...He's my best friend."
This morning, my husband showed me this new video that is to air on TV soon. It is a 28 minute special with Franklin Graham, a partnership between Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association- a plea to pray for and help distribute The Greatest Journey materials around the world.
I encourage you to watch it, and you will be blessed by the many extra blessings it comes with: BarlowGirl, Matthew West, and most inspiring- Vladimir's story from Haiti.
Just follow this link: http://www.billygraham.org/specialsections/tv/tv_index.asp
How has the Lord blessed you in this Operation Christmas Child season?