When I was in youth group, around this time of year, we would pile up the youth van and head to Charlotte to sort through thousands of shoe boxes with the organization Operation Christmas Child.

Franklin Graham (son of Billy and Ruth Graham) is the president and has been influential in helping, “the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries” through this shoe box ministry.

Alittle bit more about this ministry: “The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.”

For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.”

National Collection week is November 15-22, 2010. If you have not already considered making a box this year it is a grea way to involve your little ones or even a sunday school class. Check out “this compelling video of a young girl from war-torn Bosnia whose life was transformed through a simple shoe box gift” (passionatehomemaking[dot]com).

Have you ever participated in this ministry? Feel free to leave a comment!

Thanks for reading!

[photo courtesy and quotations from Samaritan’s Purse]