Photos and story by LINDSEY PLEVYAK
As we are preparing and praying for the holiday, Elevation Church is partnering with Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse to bring hope to those in need this time of year. Hundreds of volunteers will be packing thousands of shoeboxes full of gifts to send to children around the world for Christmas!
Last week, our team connected with the seasonal staff of Operation Christmas Child. Caleb Carpenter was so inspired and passionate about the move of God at Elevation that he moved to Charlotte without a job and stepped out in faith to find out about Operation Christmas Child through Elevation Outreach.
“It’s honestly not about me,” Caleb said, “You think I would be worried, but I know this is where I need to be. I need to be here giving back and helping others this season.”
The same heart echoed through the words of Chris Ramsey, Elevation volunteer and OCC’s Regional Director. When asked how it felt to organize this project and see it come to life every Christmas season, he replied, “I am blown away by the generosity. Many of these children that receive shoe boxes don’t even know how to receive a gift because they never get gifts. I am honored that this is calling on my life. My heart is to give to others.”
More than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. It is incredibly exciting to see how your generosity is bringing Christmas presents and the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ to a world in need.