A number of Winn churches that each year support Operation Christmas Child may want to mark their calendars for two upcoming nearby events, said the area team coordinator Jeanine Ford of Winnfield.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to children around the world as a tangible expression of God’s love through the hands of local partners to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, God’s Greatest Gift.
Since 1993, more than 200 million children in over 170 countries and territories have received a shoebox gift. Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. In addition to the millions of shoebox packers, a network of more than 15,000 volunteers—9,000 in the U.S. and 6,000 worldwide—serve year-round to carry out this project.
Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child has organized the United States into regional and local area teams. Louisiana is in the regional team with Texas. “We are officially known as the Texas/Louisiana Region. Winn Parish is in the local area known as West Central Louisiana Area. The West Central Louisiana Area includes the parishes of Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Winn,” explained Mrs. Ford.
The West Central Louisiana Area Team has 2 upcoming events. The first event is a Project Leader Workshop that takes place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at First Baptist Church Natchitoches, 508 Second St. 71457.
The second event will be held on Sunday evening, September 10, at 5 p.m. in Natchitoches in the First Baptist Church sanctuary. Dania Yadago Andraos, shoebox recipient from a middle eastern country, received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift as a child. She will share her story of how the Lord answered her prayers through a shoebox.
Winn Parish Team: Candy Bedgood, WCLA Winn Parish Drop-Off Team Leader, Jeanine Ford, WCLA Area Coordinator; and Ciena Thompson, WCLA Church Relations Team Member.
WCLA team to work the Dallas Processing Center in December: Those from Winn Parish are Angela Austin, Jeanine Ford, Kim Desadier, Candy Bedgood, Kevin and Ginny Koeppen, Brendan Thomas, and Landon Creel.
200 million Shoeboxes sign shows Ciena Thompson, Jeanine Ford, Brenda Ingram, WCLA Logistics Coordinator and Jack Ingram, WCLA Media Relations. (This picture was taken at the Global Connect Conference this past April.)
WCLA Team Processing shoeboxes at the Dallas Processing Center.
Landon Creel Working at the Dallas Processing Center.