OCC is a continuing ministry that is done all year at Pleasant Springs. The need for all the items that will go into the shoe boxes does not come in all at once nor is it automatic. It takes the work of many, many people searching the papers and stores for items that will meet the need of OCC and can be bought in sufficient quantity to fulfill the needs at the packing party. Last year we packed and shipped 1044 shoe boxes. Each box contained 3 pencils. That number of pencils, 3, does not seem like much but take 1044 X 3. That is 3,132 pencils in all. That did not happen overnight nor by one person. As you can see, it takes a "village" to bring the reality of OCC to life each Christmas.
Continue to pray for OCC and ask God what He would have you do to bring a smile to a child's face and prayerfully, salvation to their heart and life.
We had the packing party Saturday, November 3rd. There were 45 people that came together. Some were old friends some were new friends. Everyone worked to together and packed 1,087 shoe boxes. These will be sent all over the world sharing the pens, pencils, crayons, and toys with children that otherwise might not have any of those things. But more importantly the truth of about Jesus Christ is shared as well. The items in the box will last a while but the salvation knowledge of Jesus Christ will last forever.
For all those that contributed items for the shoe boxes, for those that showed up to pack them, for those that prayed for OCC, from our the bottom of our heart you have our deepest thanks.
But to do a little business, it now costs $9.00 per shoe box to ship it to the child that will enjoy the things in contains but more than that to hear about Jesus. If you would like to adopt, as it is called, a shoe box or two by paying for the shipping it would be so much appreciated. Just drop a check in the mail to Pleasant Springs Baptist Church, 409 Winchester Road, Huntsville, AL 35811 or you can call the church and see about coming by if that would be better. Either way or another would help so much. Also, by dropping by the church you can see what 1,087 wrapped shoe boxes looks like.
Thanks so much for your help and your prayers as we start planning for next year!
Pleasant Springs Baptist Church