Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child




Churches in the Flag Pastorate support Operation Christmas Child by collecting items to be put into the Christmas Shoeboxes throughout the year.

In June we are collecting; beach balls, tennis balls, baseball caps, small games, pencils and notepads.

In July we are collecting; hairbands, clips toys watches, bracelets sweat bands etc.

Operation Christmas Child is one of the outreach activities of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Shamira and Shakira’s story


We grew up in rural Jamaica sharing most things, not because we’re twins but because it was a necessity for our family to make ends meet.

Our parents had us in their late teens. Our mum and dad worked hard—our mum at home and our dad in sugar cane fields.

Both Christians, our parents had faith that the Lord Jesus would provide for our needs. Every morning, they gathered us together for devotions.

To enable both of us to have something to write on at school, our father cut a small notebook in half. He also broke a pencil in two and sharpened the lead with a knife.

We wished we could have full-sized notebooks and pencils like some of our friends. Our wish came true when, at the  age of 8, cardboard boxes with a shoebox plane printed on them were delivered to each classroom in our school.

We rejoiced when we learned that they contained  gifts for us. One of us received two full-sized notebooks! We shared what was in our shoeboxes so we would each have one. We also received our first calculator—a small, grey one we still love to use.

There were also pencils and pencil sharpeners, as well as crayons, colouring books, and personal care items, such as combs, toothbrushes, washcloths, and soap in our boxes.

One of our younger brothers still has the flashlight he received .,

We had learned the story of the Good Samaritan in Sunday School. So, when we saw Samaritan’s Purse printed on the tape that held the shoebox closed, we knew that Good Samaritans had sent us these gifts.

Through the shoebox gifts, we learned that you don’t have to be close neighbours in order to help each other. These gifts came from strangers.

The boxes of gifts ultimately reflected the goodness of Christ, showing us that the Lord graciously provides for us. We felt God’s love for us as we received them.

We are both now at University training to be teachers but we will never forget the joy and hope that we felt when we received our shoeboxes. Thank you so much to our unknown friends!








Operation Christmas Child