I’m sure you have heard of Operation Christmas Child , a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian organization.
But you may not have heard of Oksana Nelson, a young woman from Russia who has a story to tell about Operation Christmas Child.
Her full story can be found on The Blaze, but to whet your appetite for that story, I want to introduce you to Oksana.
She was a resident of a Russian orphanage when she was a small child. She had clothes, shelter, and food to eat. But she did not have the human touch of love that all children (as well as all adults) need.
When she was 9 years old, she received a shoebox filled with small trinkets and hygiene items from someone in the United States. It was the first gift she had ever received in her life. That gift told her–in her own words–“that I am special, I am loved.”
She was eventually adopted by an American family, and she is now 23 years old in school in Nashville, Tennessee working on her Master of Business Administration.
Oksana is also a national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child.
Churches and schools are the main supporters of this “Shoebox” program, but that may not be for long. A couple of schools have backed out this year because of the separation of church and state issues.
I guess it’s up to us to take up the slack.
The deadline for this program for Christmas 2013 has passed, but next year, when people in your church approach you to fill a shoebox or two, ask for more. So often when we do good deeds, we have no way of knowing whether the right people were helped in the right ways.
Oksana is living proof that this good deed was planted in fertile soil.
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