If you know me, you know how much I enjoy gardening. It is always fun to harvest what I have worked to grow but even if what I grow doesn’t turn out like I expect, I enjoy the process of getting into the dirt, caring for and waiting to see what grows. This past year I have spent much time getting into the dirt of learning Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, caring for the people that are in my geographic area teams and in the next few weeks, we wait to see what God will do with all the work we have done. Sometimes what I harvest looks different than what I expected. Like these purple beans, yet I found them to be just as delicious as “normal” green beans.
Sometimes the harvest comes later in the season than desired, sometimes it is plentiful and sometimes quite sparse. Gardening reminds me that I have a job to do but that I have little control over the results. I am learning that same thing as I have immersed myself into this new (now not so new) job. I have done all that I have been instructed to do, followed the guidelines, traveled across the country and now whether or not we harvest hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes is out of my control. Our goal for the West Coast Region is 660,000 and our goal is to process 1 million at the Orange County Processing Center (in Costa Mesa, we still need lots of volunteers to donate 3-4 hours in order to process them all). Samaritan’s Purse hopes to bring in 12 million boxes this year! If you can figure out a good analogy to grasp a number that size, I would love to hear it. The only way I could grasp the 11 million number from last year was to divide it by 365 (days in a year) it came out to about 30,000. So every day of 2016 we had to give away 30,000 shoe box gifts(to children who had not yet received one)!
Here is a snapshot of my upcoming schedule. Please pray as God leads you:
Oct 30-Nov 5 hosting Elena Hagemeier. Elena was placed in an orphanage in Russia at the age of 8. At age 10 she received her shoe box and at age 14 was adopted to the United States. She will be speaking at CBU, Vanguard, Calvary Christian Santa Ana, Hope University, Orange Lutheran and a few more. If you have interest in meeting me and hearing her speak email or message back to me and I will give you dates and times.
Oct 31 we move our office to the Processing Center (on Michelson) so I can meet you for lunch across the street in the Mother’s Shopping Center. Let me know when, I would love to have some lunch dates!
Starting Nov 25, I work M-Sa (yes, 6 days a week) until Dec 17. This is processing season. It is kind of like Santa’s workshop so it is “all hands on deck”!!!
Then I will be off until January. This will probably be my last written post until January. I will post some photos from the Processing Center. I hope to hear from you either for lunch, to meet up with Elena and I or that I will see you at the Processing Center.
Below is an email that I received this morning from Samaritan’s Purse; Franklin Graham. It didn’t transfer with all the pictures but the links are fun and they still work!
Finally, I am so thankful for you all. I don’t know how different this year would have been without your prayers of support but I am glad that I don’t know!
love you all,
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