Nearly 18 years ago, Second Baptist Church of Hamlet, began preparing, collecting and delivering Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes as requested by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse Headquarters in Boone. That first year 35 boxes were contributed. Almost each year since then the numbers have increased.
On Nov. 18, Second Baptist Church of Hamlet, delivered 294 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to New Hope Southern Baptist Church in Scotland County. Second Baptist’s Day School had collected 165 boxes and the congregation added 129 during morning worship.
The Girls in Action (GA), who study and promote missions, along with their leader, Millie Vickers, and numerous members of the congregation, helped to load the huge stack of boxes into the church bus. Girls who helped with this project are Paige Goodman, Annaston Martin, Emma Perry, Megan Rainwater, and Josie Standridge.
During the morning worship service, a special time of dedication of the shoe boxes was led by Allen Jordan, chairman of the church’s deacons.
This Christmas season more than eight million shoe boxes will be prepared, collected, transported, processed, packed onto cargo planes and delivered to children all around the globe, many of whom will receive no other gift for Christmas.
With each shoe box goes an invitation to hear the story of Jesus and attend a class where Bible stories appropriate for children are shared and taught.