Collecting School Supplies For Operation Christmas Child

For our next Kid’s Quest missions project we are partnering once again with Samaritan’s Purse to support Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of these simple shoebox gifts. Samaritan’s Purse also works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts, share the Gospel, and provide follow-up discipleship classes. Often entire families and sometimes entire villages come to know Jesus personally.

Here’s the video we’ll be sharing with your kids in Kid’s Quest.

This year we’re collecting a little differently than in previous years. Each month we’ll focus on something specific:

  • August: school supplies
  • September: tolietries & personal items
  • October: all supplies (including empty shoe boxes and gift wrap) & completed boxes

SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION

“Hello. My name is Keryn and I was one of those who received a packed box. Thank you so much for that. The box I got was indeed perfect for me, I love it. I’m from the Phillippines. I’m a 7th grader and our classes just started this June. The contents of the box were so helpful as I didn’t have to buy a lot of school supplies anymore. Thank you so much.”

All ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project. This is a great opportunity for your whole family to participate in a service project together.

  • PRAY for the children who will receive our boxes.
  • DROP OFF new or lightly used pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, stamps, note pads, chalk, water color paint & paint brushes, erasers, stencils, craft supplies, etc. Please no liquids such as paint or glue, no broken crayons, and no items with war-related imagery. Look for this collection box at Kid’s Quest check-in stations to drop off your supplies.

  • GIVE offering to God to enable us to purchase additional school supplies.
  • SAVE THE DATE for our Assembly Day on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10:00 am in the Main Lobby where we will pack the shoe boxes.

Note: while it’s often faster and easier to shop for supplies without kids, we strongly reccommend taking them with you to take advantage of a teachable moment.

ARE YOU CRAFTY?

We have a collection of random craft supplies that we’d like to either make into gift items or package as craft kits to include in our shoe boxes.  If you’re a crafty person able to help us make the most of these supplies, please contact Romney Short at romney.short@mcleanbible.org to discuss.

 

KQ Missions: Operation Kindness

Our July missions project supports Operation Kindness (OKM), an MBC Ministry that provides God’s Word as well as physical comfort items to soliders deployed overseas via care packages. OKM also provides support to wounded-in-action soldiers who pass through the area military hospitals. There are 4 ways your family can be involved:

1. Pray: click here to learn more about Operation Kindness and specific needs.

2. Pick Up A Flag: at Smith Center (1st floor) or Cafe (2nd floor) check-in stations while supplies last to donate a specific item indicated on the flag’s sticker. Each flag has a sticker on it with a requested donation item to make care packagaes for soldiers. Take your kids shopping with you to purchase the item indicated and have them drop it off at the same check-in stations by July 28. If you don’t pick up a flag, you can just pick up one of these suggested items:

  • AA batteries
  • Beef jerky
  • Bible
  • Tolietries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shampoo)
  • Christian literature
  • Football, Soccer ball, Frisbee
  • DVD’s
  • Snacks, gum, candy
  • Boxed baby wipes
  • Suncreen, Lip balm, repellant
  • White socks (6-pair packs)
  • Cards, Games, Crosswords
  • Powdered Gatorade

3. Pack Boxes: assemble care packages for soldiers on the 2nd Tuesday of any month, upcoming dates are July 9August 13, at 7:00 pm in The Rock Gym. This is a great family service activity!

4. Write A Letter To A Soldier: click here to download and print one. Return completed cards to check-in stations.

It’s Still Christmas

Christmas may have already passed but it’s a holiday that long stays on the hearts and minds of Kid’s Quest families because February is the month that some very special Christmas gifts from us reach their final destinations. In November, a little over 100 MBC children, youth, and adults came together to assemble gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, that presents our gifts and the Gospel message to children living in desperate situations around the world, including children living in 23 closed countries.

Kid’s Quest families lovingly put together 434 gift boxes adding to the 9 million total boxes collected from churches all over the United States. That’s 9 million children that just recently heard for the first time the Good News that Jesus is the greatest gift of all. These boxes are very unique gifts. New children are selected each year to receive them so they are once-in-a-lifetime gifts.

  

  

  

We are excited to share that our boxes were recently delivered to children living in Zimbabwe, Mali, and Ukraine. Enjoy some stories from box recipients:

“Many children were shocked at first when they received their present and couldn’t believe it was theirs to keep…Most had never received a gift in their lives and had no real possessions of their own.” – OCC volunteer

“These boys live underground, in sewer pipes. The shoe box gifts were the first gifts they ever received!” – Ukraine volunteer

“Churches in our country have been united as the Body of Christ, more than ever before, by the demonstration of the love of God, through a simple shoebox.” –  Local Pastor in Zimbabwe

“Church denominations are being united through the OCC ministry everywhere in the country, working together as never before.” – Mali

“There were some people – men and women who came to me to bring me a gift. I was very surprised. My first thought was that it’s not for me, but they confirmed that it was mine. So, thank you everybody – I don’t know who you are and how you happen to know me that you’ve brought me a gift. I am very glad and I tell everyone – just believe – the miracles come true! I am sure about it. Then those people told me that God has concern for me and He will not leave me and my mom alone if we would come to Him in prayer.” – 9 year old girl in the Ukraine

“We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the kind gesture your ministry extended to us. The gifts you sent us were received in good order and have been of great help in ministry to our children. Through our Sunday school ministry we were able to distribute the gifts among the children in our congregation. Some of the children were very needy, especially for school stationery, which was part of the gifts. These items went a long way in satisfying the need for the older children, while we got wonderful toys for the younger ones. Every letter that was sent to us was read out loud and appreciated. It was also an opportunity for our Sunday school teachers to teach our children about giving, and the love of our God that has caused them to receive these gifts from other brethren. May God shower you with His love, joy and protection as you continue in His service. Your love goes round the globe.” – Local Pastor in Africa

A big thank you to all who participated in this Kid’s Quest missions project. We hope it was a rewarding experience for families and a special teaching moment for kids. Enjoy a video of our Assembly Day and continue to pray for the children who received our gifts!

P.S.

Does your family believe in the impact of Operations Christmas Child, not only on the children receiving gift boxes but on your own as well as they participate in this project? We’re looking for resourceful families willing to take advantage of the free opportunities around them to start now in collecting small toys, tolietries, craft/school supplies, and kid’s clothing to fit inside shoeboxes for when this project returns again in the fall. We’ll tell you how to do it and it won’t cost a thing but the potential impact on your family is priceless! Contact Romney Short at romney.short@mcleanbible.org to learn more.

Feeding Hungry Families

Video shown in KQ Large Group & KIDstuff

According to a study by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services for Fairfax County, “The Fairfax-Falls Church area is one of the wealthiest areas of the United States. This wealth often obscures the fact that a substantial number of low-income persons live here. Amidst the wealth of the Fairfax-Falls Church area, over 44,000 residents received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and over a quarter of the students enrolled in the Fairfax County Public Schools received free or reduced-cost lunches. Furthermore, Fairfax County is home to more than 62,000 individuals who live below poverty and another 86,000 residents who live in households with incomes 100 to 185 percent of poverty (2010 American Community Survey). It is likely that many of these low-income residents struggle to feed their families a nutritious and sufficient amount of food.”

As we consider the seriousness of these statistics we must also consider the seriousness of what God’s shares with us in Matthew 25:31-40:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Wow! When we provide for the needs of others in God’s name, He views our efforts as an act of love and worship that He wishes to bless us for! God wants us to love Him by loving others. That’s why we’re encouraging our kids to participate in our current Missions Project supporting The Shepherd’s Food Pantry. Should hard times place a family or a person in temporary crisis, The Shepherd’s Food Pantry supplies non-perishable food, toiletries, God’s love, a listening ear, compassion, and prayer. And by meeting the physical needs of families, doors are opened to addressing their spiritual needs as well.

Through the end of February we’re collecting 3-pound bags of rice and any type of canned bean. We are specifically collecting rice and beans because these are the most often requested food items of the recipients. Please make sure items are not expired. Collection bins are located at Kid’s Quest Check-in Stations. Offering funds collected will go towards the purchase of additional food items.

For more about The Shepherd’s Food Pantry go to cityimpactdc.org/foodpantry. They welcome families serving together by packing food boxes on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in Community Room C or The Rock Gym.

P.S.

While it may be easier for you to gather food items on your own, we encourage you not to pass up the opportunity for a teachable moment with your kids. Have your kids participate in finding the items and dropping them into the collection bins.