OCC Devotionals Nov 23-27

We’re talking about Operation Christmas Child all this November on my Twitch stream, and building shoeboxes for needy children. Even though shoebox dropoff ends November 23rd, you can build a shoebox online ALL YEAR LONG at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/ . The devotionals this week come from several sources. These are the descriptions and verses that go with those devotionals.

Days 16 – 18 Description: Kelly Hancock is the founder of FaithfulProvisions.com, a money-saving blog, and a writer who has contributed articles to several magazines and websites. In 2012, she wrote about her trip to Ecuador to deliver OCC shoeboxes. The devotionals for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are excerpted from these posts, which can be found starting at https://faithfulprovisions.com/the-miracle .

Day 16 Verse: John 6:5-15“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”… 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

Day 17 Verse: 1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Day 18 Verse: Philippians 4:11-12 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Day 19 Description: Amanda White is a mother and blogger, who has been a contributing writer for sites like The Disney Blog and Life Your Way. She has also spoken about blogging and motherhood at The Declare Conference and the Allume Conference, and appeared on “The Couch Podcast” with Mary Carver, and with Heather McFadyen on the podcast “Don’t Mom Alone”. Today’s devotional an excerpt from her blog post about her OCC trip to the Dominican Republic, on her blog “Oh Amanda”, found here: https://ohamanda.com/2013/11/12/operation-christmas-child-novembers-monthly-mission
Day 19 Verse: Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Day 20 Description: Franklin Graham is the son of evangelist Billy Graham, and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse – an international Christian relief organization. Today’s devotional is an excerpt from an article about the very first Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection. The full article is at : https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/franklin-graham-the-story-of-operation-christmas-child
Day 20 Verse: Isaiah 48:17 This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.

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