HEA Kingdom Kids Christmas Backpacks & OCC Shoeboxes

*(Please note: The final day for returning the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12.)

Dear LWF family,

In anticipation for this year's Christmas outreach ministries, Pastor Doug Swanson and Dawn Strother have brought to our attention two opportunities involving spreading the gospel while ministering to the needs of children in third world countries:

1. KINGDOM KIDS CHRISTMAS (Backpacks) - sponsored by Greg & Michele McClanahan / Harvest Evangelistic Association (HEA):

If you would like to participate in the Kingdom Kids backpack outreach, each donation of $10.00 will sponsor and fill one backpack:
a. Please make check payable to: Harvest Evangelistic Association.
b. Place in the Harvest Evangelism Kingdom Kids envelopes (available on the ministry table).
c. Please mail by early NOVEMBER for optimum timing for this year's backpack outreach.
d. However, later donations can still be mailed to HEA throughout the month of November.

A Time to Pray.... Backpacks are being filled onsite (in Chiapas, Mexico) by a volunteer team. Please fervently pray to the Lord our Savior for the team's....
• traveling mercies and protection in all their ways
• strength for the task at hand
• effectiveness together in ministry
• and fruit that remains for His kingdom ~ redeemed souls!

For more information about Kingdom Kids Christmas backpack ministry, please contact Pastor Doug: doug@swansonrea.com / 210-288-0218 or visit the HEA website:

2. OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - sponsored by Samaritan Purse:
*(Please note: The final day for returning the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

If you would like to participate in Operation Christmas Child, please pick up shoe boxes and brochures at the back ministry table, and then fill with supplies for either a boy or a girl in age categories (explained in the brochure); mark with brochure label, and return to Colleen Rodriguez or Dawn Strother by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th. It is also asked that a donation of $9.00 be included in the brochure envelope with each box to help with the shipping cost.

If individuals would prefer to drop off their own boxes, they can do so from Nov. 13th through Nov. 20th at the different drop-off sites. The different drop-off sites can be found on the Samaritan’s Purse website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/

Suggested items for shoe boxes include:
a. School Supplies: pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, or markers, stamps, writing pads, coloring & picture books, etc.
b. Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, toys (w/extra batteries), etc.
c. Hygiene Items: toothbrush; mild soap (in a plastic bag); washcloths, comb, etc.
d. Other Items: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries).

*DO NOT include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids (including bubble soap) or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, please contact Colleen Rodriguez or Dawn Strother on Sunday or visit the website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

"....Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great." Luke 9:48

Published Oct. 20, 2012