OCJ 2015 Report
Operation Christmas Joy 2015 surpassed all of our expectations in that there were around 6500 Christmas gifts, Christmas bags, hygiene bags for mothers, backpacks, and diaper bags. Along with this there were hundreds and hundreds of stuffed animals along with hundreds of new sets of clothes for both boys and girls. Yes it was an exciting time for those of us who traveled and watched the smiles and listen to the sounds of the joy. The stuffed animals are such a big hit that everyone including mothers and grandmothers wanted one. They look at us and say,” peluche” peluche meaning stuffed animal. Getting towards the end we began saying, no more. It is such great fun words cannot describe this program. I wish that everyone who makes Christmas gifts could witness what we do and so with a few words will try to tell you.
Arriving on 7 December making the six hour trip to the Darien province where we meet with our brethren to began the enormous task of separating all these gifts for the different locations. We traveled by boat to an Embera Indian community where we gave out backpacks and all the extra children who were there received a gift along with new clothes. This was the scene everywhere we went as we distributed the backpacks made for the schools.
As you have done it to the least of these
As you have done it to these least of these...
I know each one of us are decorating for fall and enjoying the cooler weather. 2015 is nearing an end and during this year there have been a lot of wonderful accomplishments in this ministry. So many people have opened their hearts and helped us financially make a difference in the lives of others. My motto is, “Help someone who cannot pay you back.” Think about the importance of reaching out and touching the lives of people that you do not know and perhaps will never meet. And yet because of your Christian faith as we follow the example of Jesus we know that this is what we should be doing. Each one of us has been blessed more than we ever deserve and because God has been so good to us we know that we must fulfill the command of Jesus. We look at Matthew 25 and sometimes we want to try to read around it just like some of those people in this parable did. “Lord when did we see you hungry and thirsty and naked? When did we see you sick and in prison and come unto you?” Jesus would come back and say, “as you have done it to the least of these you have done it unto me.” Every time you help someone whether it be with food or preparing Christmas gifts For Operation Christmas Joy Jesus said you have done it for me. People all over the country are preparing Christmas gifts to be distributed in Panama this December.