Well then, if you had similar thoughts in your head or ever wondered about the "other end" of this worldwide operation, let me insert my good friend's, the Jacobsen Family's blog entry. Deb, the mum wrote an amazing account. My only sorrow is that I couldn't be there with them when it happened. Enjoy!
"While we have been in West Africa, we have had some incredible/amazing experiences. Last Sunday topped the list. For years, since the kids could remember, we have participated in Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan's Purse . I would take Alisia and Joshua to the local store and have them choose items for children the same age they were at the time. We would pack the items into a rubbermaid container, take them to our local church/school, and even helped organize them at the designated drop off location. While we have been in Africa, we donated online to Samaritan's Purse.
Last Sunday, Mike and Joshua were able to participate in the handing out of the "Shoe Boxes" at the church we have been attending! (Alisia and I had to take my friend to the airport so we were unable to attend.) I have loved looking at the pictures of our African church family being blessed by the generosity of others-it bring tears to my eyes!!!! THANK-YOU!!!!
Praise and worship time with the boxes from Samaritan's Purse.
Carefully packed boxes.
The pastor's son helping to prepare the boxes for the children
Always carry a heavy load on the head!
The kids patiently waiting while they are being organized by age.
The older girls examining their boxes.
Mike handing out the boxes to an older girl.
Now the boys turn.
Excited boys and their shoe boxes.
I love this picture...shoe boxes being carried on their heads!
Thank you to everyone who participates in the Operation Christmas Child program...their shoe boxes are a true blessing!" (by Deb Jacobsen)