Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Immeasurably More

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  Eph. 3:20.

God is so good! National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is over for another year. I don't know yet how the numbers are nationally or even state wide but I do know the numbers for the Mid-Texas area. God allowed us to do "immeasurably more" this year for the children around the world who will receive shoeboxes in 2016. Last year, 2015, we collected 13,670 shoeboxes. We set our goal at 12% higher, praying for immeasurably more with a goal for 2015 at 15,310 shoeboxes. By the time they were all in we had indeed done immeasurably more! Our final total collected by the Mid-Texas area was 15,993!*** 683 boxes over our goal. Praise God! He is the one who allowed this to happen. 

We are so very thankful to all the churches, groups and individuals who collected shoeboxes this year. We could not have done it without you! We serve 5 1/2 counties, Robertson, Milam, Falls, Bell, 1/2 of Coryell, and Lampasas. We have relay centers in Bremond, Rosebud, Killeen, Copperas Cove and Lometa. They did a great job gathering in the shoe boxes. Thank you Roianne Alston, Zorena Baker & Nettie Hyde, Joyce Steiner, Barbara Perin and Margaret Williams. We also have our collection center in Temple. So many great men and women helped this year that it would be hard to name them all. God knows who you are!

We had a busy start to the week last Monday when we got over 2000 shoeboxes on the first day. Each day was very busy, except for Friday when we had to check to make sure the door was We were busy the last Monday when we had the relay centers bring their boxes to us and we had lots of people making sure they got their boxes in on time. We were accepting boxes until after 5 even though closing time was 5. As long as the boxes were coming, we were there!

Here are some pictures that were taken throughout the week. At one point we ran out of cartons and our Pat Rutland went "dumpster diving" to get cartons for us to use! 

Many people posed with the shoeboxes they brought in.

Lots of boxes to pack into cartons. Our tables were full more than they were empty.

Our great volunteer from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The boxes came in from the relay centers already in cartons. All we had to do was count and load.

We prayed over every trailer filled with shoeboxes before it went to the processing center.
***By the time we went to volunteer at the Processing Center in Dallas, we had had  38 more shoeboxes turned in that we took with us on Nov. 30. Our final total turned out to be 16,010 shoeboxes! That's 16,010 gospel opportunities! Praise the Lord!

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