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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)

TITLE: Boxes of Blessings
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One Christmas a good friend and I came up with a creative gift idea for the child that I sponsored. This concept was given the name “Christmas-In-A-Box”. We had no idea back then that this would develop into the fulfilling ministry that it is today.

The little girl and her family live in a foreign country and we wanted a unique way to share the love of Christ with them. Since we did not want the gifts to overshadow the message we wanted to convey, we decided to fill the box with only basic items. We placed a cover letter inside the box to explain that we had the desire to bless them because of the Holy Spirit that lived on the inside of us.

The very first “Christmas-In-A-Box” was filled with bibles for each family member; soap, toothpaste, washcloths, and other personal care items. We were amazed at how happy they were to receive these tokens. Through their eyes we were able appreciate the simple things in life. Their reaction to our gesture greatly enriched our lives and encouraged us to make it an annual event.

Our unique box also created a special bond between my trusted friend and me. She eventually began sponsoring a cousin to my sponsor child. Throughout the year we have fun collecting items to fill two boxes of blessings. We often discuss what we feel would be useful to each family.

One year I made a beautiful collage using the various local stamps that were in circulation for that particular year to include in the parcel, another Christmas I sent seashells that I collected during the summertime, and last year I enclosed various Canadian coins from a recent trip that I took. Although all of the items mentioned are very simple they were greatly treasured by my sponsor child, and I often wish I could see the reaction on her face as she opens the box.

In the ultimate act of giving, Christ sacrificed His life to save all of humanity. As I gather with my own family and friends during Christmas, I realize that it is a time of sharing, caring and loving one another. These sentiments should not be reserved only for the month of December, but they should be exemplified throughout the entire year.

When I read the many thank you letters from my sponsor family, I feel a great sense of purpose in my life. “Christmas-In-A-Box” is an example of how a simple brown box can be filled with love and transformed into something special that gives glory to God. This reminds me of how the Lord poured His love into my ordinary life and changed me into a person that desires to live a life that gives Him glory.


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donna robinson05/02/05
What a great idea. Sometimes we forget that the basics is often what is missing for these families too. This way they are sharing a part of your life and not just as a monthly sponsor. Nice read
c clemons05/06/05
I believe what the Bible saids "you will reap what you sow" I know your kindness will return to you. Good Story.