I’m spending Monday and Tuesday this week at a pastors’ conference at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York. If you’re not familiar with BT, you should be; it’s the home of the most amazing choir I’ve ever heard, and a spirit of prayer that is an example for the whole Church Catholic.
This morning, we were treated to a message from Franklin Graham that featured a story I’d never heard but that is worth spreading. Back in the 1990s, when Operation Christmas Child started with shoebox gifts for children victimized by the war in Bosnia, there was an American couple that sent a gift that wound up in the hands of a little Bosnian boy who had lost his parents. When the local volunteer brought him the box, he at first refused it, and said, “I don’t want a box. I want parents.”
Well, the boy opened the box, and found in it a picture of the couple that had sent it, along with their address. At the urging of the adult who had brought him the box, he wrote to the couple to thank them for the gifts. They were delighted to hear from him, and wrote back asking him to tell them about himself. Their correspondence flourished to the point where, ten months later, the couple–who had no kids and had been praying for God to give them a child–adopted the Bosnian boy. So it turned out that he got his heart’s desire: not a box, but parents.
According to Graham, 8 million boxes will go out this year to children in 110 countries. If you or your church aren’t involved in Operation Christmas Child, contact Samaritan’s Purse and get involved. You can still do so even this week. There’s no limit to the way that God may use your gift.