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CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX MINISTRY

"Spreading the Love and Message of God One Shoebox at a Time"

 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

            Thank God for you all! You never cease to amaze me how faithful you are to support the Christmas Shoebox Ministry. We can't say "Thank You" enough. We appreciate everything you do for this ministry every year. It would not be possible without   your support. As always your support was a great success. Isn't it wonderful what God can do through us, when we all work together? This was accomplished through 44 Concord Union Baptist Association Churches, 4 Churches not in our association, several WMU & Children's Groups, and numerous individuals. This ministry would not be possible without your great support each year.  Again we would like to say how much we appreciate your donations.

"God never calls us to do anything without faithfully keeping His word and enabling us to do it. We are not always faithful to do what God tells us, but He remains faithful and stands by

His word to fulfill what He has promised.

 Isaiah 46:11"

In 2016 we collected 2262 shoebox gifts for children, some adult gifts, lots of blankets and throws, crochet throws, crochet caps, numerous school supplies, candy, used coats, new & used clothing, new toys, stuffed animals and numerous miscellaneous items.  It always works out, if we just leave it up to Him! We were able to purchase 325 - 20 pound bags of flour, 325 - 10 pound bags of pinto beans, 325 - 48 ounce bottles of cooking oil, 7 cases of apples and 7 cases of oranges. Over the last few years we have come to realize that the food items are just as important as or more so than the gifts. It is hard to believe that within the United States that we have people that do not have food to eat. Most of us can probably say that we have never seen a time that we didn't have anything to eat. It may not have been what we wanted at the time but there has always been food in our pantry's or our freezers. If not we can just run to the store and get whatever we want. We just don't realize how much we take for granted and how blessed we really are. This has really begun to open my eyes, we probably waste more food than some people have to eat. So to each and every one that donated money to buy food items, Thank You! You have helped to feed 325 families for a couple of weeks or more. We appreciate you, and I know the Native American people appreciate you also.

This year we supplied gifts to a church in a different area that was in need of gifts. They were very appreciative. They sent a card that said "You and your team were God sent! We had nothing to give the children and you provided! Please tell everyone involved Thank You!  We had a few shoeboxes left so we are going to share them with a small mountain tribe where we do ministry. Thank You for sharing your blessings!" Also they told us they were going to try to buy throws to give to the elderly ones there. So we were able to provide them some throws also. Thanks you everyone!

"If God tells you to do something, He will give you the energy, talent and resources to do it.

Where God guides He provided."

We had a good trip this year, with good weather. Thank God for that. We had 17 people on the trip this year, representing 6 different churches. On Monday we met the people from some of the different churches to pick up their gifts and food items. This is a very busy day for us. Unloading and loading up everyone trucks with gifts and all the food items. We had worship services on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We had 6 people prayed for salvation this year. Praise God! This is what it is all about. Yes giving the gifts helps to spread God's love, but it is all about planting seeds and sharing the love of Jesus and of course people getting saved. Glory Be to God!   After our Worship Service, we were able to pass out candy, gifts, throws and school supplies. Adults and children received an apple, an orange and candy. Adults received gifts or throws and also and their food items. Also we received a few totes of stuffed animals, we were passing them out after we finished with the gifts, we couldn't do it fast enough, so we just poured them out on the tables. The children went wild grabbing and swapping these stuffed animals. It was so exciting watching them grab them. They were so excited! So see, we use everything we receive to try to make this time special for the children and adults. So God Bless each of You that participated!

          Also we left some gifts with the San Juan Baptist Association for a Headstart Program, also we dropped off items at a shelter for children.  We try to provide items to as many as we can, where they are needed the most. We let the Lord lead us and He always opens doors, and leads us to where He wants us to provide them.   

          This year we fixed backpacks for homeless people that we may see along the way. We saw one homeless man and gave him a backpack with a bible, food items, water, toiletries, socks, blanket & a pillow.

          There just aren't enough words to begin to express our appreciation. Your dedicated support for this ministry each year is amazing. Without each of you this ministry would not be possible. Wonderful things happen when we all work together for God. This ministry keeps growing and growing with God's blessings. But all of this is because of people like you who take time to make gifts or collect items or give money. It is all because of your support!

          Once again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! I know the Native American people thank you!  We really appreciate your support!  Please begin praying for this year's ministry. We really need your prayers each year. Satan likes to work on us to try to keep this ministry from happening. Your prayers and God's guidance keeps us going.

          Again we appreciate each and every one of you! You have been a part of making a lot of happy children and families this year, by sharing the Love of God to them. Maybe something we do or something in the shoebox gifts will one day make a difference in their lives.

 

Thank You and May God Bless You throughout this New Year.

Serving in Christ,

Harlin & Karen Knight and many others.

 

For more information contact Karen at 318-368-0173 or 318-267-4788