How do I participate?
With some simple little gifts packed in a shoebox, we can partner with churches and ministries around the world as they evangelize and disciple children and their families. Through these small gifts, children around the world receive the Word of God and tangibly receive the gift of Christ.
We encourage all of our faith family to pack shoeboxes this year, then bring them to Brook Hills during National Collection Week, November 12-19. Boxes should be taken to the "Pickup and Dropoff" area in the lobby.
- Sunday, November 11, before or after the 9:00am & 11:00am Worship Gatherings
- Monday, November 12-November 16 & November 19, 11:00am-1:00pm or 4:00-6:00pm
- Saturday, November 17, 10:00am-1:00pm
- Sunday, November 18, 2:00-5:00pm
To learn how to pack a box, please visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
What happens to a Shoebox when it's delivered?
After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are invited back to participate in our discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Through this 12-lesson course, which includes Bible stories and Scripture memorization, they learn how to follow Christ in their daily lives as they share Him with friends and family. More than 14.9 million children have enrolled in this program since 2009.
After completing The Greatest Journey, children attend a graduation celebration and receive a certificate.
Most importantly, they are given a Bible that includes the New Testament and selected Old Testament stories along with a dictionary of Biblical terms and a map of Bible lands. Complete with illustrations, it is often the first copy of God’s Word the child, or their family, will own.
Family and friends who attend the ceremony hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hearing the Good News and testimonies during their loved one’s graduation reinforces the changes they have seen in the students’ lives, and their families often come to faith in Christ.