GUMC to host Operation Christmas Child workshop

By Martin Graham - [email protected]

Grace United Methodist Church in Washington C.H. will hold a workshop for potential volunteers and project leaders next Thursday for Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten. Over 10 million shoe boxes were delivered to 100 countries in 2014.

Everyday boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoe boxes filled with gifts, according to event organizers.

A team of Operation Christmas Child year-round volunteers from the south central Ohio area will present a workshop for project leaders and volunteers at the church at 301 E Market St. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The workshop will provide more in-depth information on the ministry, show resources and material available to volunteers, and will explain how partnership with the area team will more effectively promote and grow the ministry within a church or organization. The program will also include a brief presentation by Natalie McKenzie, one of the volunteers who recently participated in a Shoe Box distribution in Namibia in Southern Africa.

The community is invited to attend, hear from the OCC South Central Ohio Team and learn how to make an eternal difference in the life of a child, a family, and a community through Operation Christmas Child. Discover how new churches are started and communities are changed – all because of shoe box gifts.

More information on Samaritan’s Purse is available at All questions about the workshop at the church can be directed to Ed and Helen Hiestand at 937-725-8192.

By Martin Graham

[email protected]

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy