Encouraging Students to Serve Children Around the World

March 5, 2020 • United States
Adrienne Krater serves in student relations with Operation Christmas Child in the Dayton, Ohio, area.

Operation Christmas Child invites you to encourage others to pack shoeboxes by serving in one of a variety of volunteer roles all 12 months of the year.

Year-round volunteer in Ohio mobilizes students to get involved with Operation Christmas Child.

Adrienne Krater loves encouraging students to help reach children around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Operation Christmas Child. It’s her focus as a year-round student relations volunteer in the Dayton, Ohio, area.

Adrienne encourages local young people to pack Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and tells them how God is using the Samaritan’s Purse project to share the Good News and great joy of Jesus Christ with children in need around the world.

“Student relations is getting young people engaged in ministry to impact lives through Operation Christmas Child,” Adrienne said.

Adrienne talks with students at her university about how packing shoeboxes full of gift items helps children in need across the world in Jesus’ Name.

A campus environment provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in Operation Christmas Child together, Adrienne explains. She organizes shoebox packing activities for students, participates in campus ministry fairs, shows Operation Christmas Child videos at university gatherings, and arranges for the videos to play on student center television monitors.

In addition to promoting Operation Christmas Child on her campus, Adrienne speaks to area high schools and colleges about how to get involved in the project. She stresses that this time in their lives as students isn’t just about preparation—God wants to work in and through them now.

“Operation Christmas Child is a conduit for the Gospel to be shared in your community and around the world.”

>Adrienne finds that when student participate in Operation Christmas Child as a group, it generates Gospel-centered conversations. Praying together for children who will receive shoebox gifts often leads groups to also pray more fervently for each other and those around them, she said.

“Operation Christmas Child helps open your eyes to the need of young people around the world to hear the Gospel—and that includes those around you,” Adrienne tell students. “Operation Christmas Child is a conduit for the Gospel to be shared in your community and around the world. God uses it in a big way to impact lives, both here and overseas.”

Interested? Learn more about becoming a year-round volunteer.

Operation Christmas Child Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries each year. Many of these children have never before received a present or heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open a gift-filled shoebox from a person like you. A requested donation of $9 per shoebox provides for collection, processing, and shipping, as well as Gospel materials for the child. If you or your church/group are packing multiple shoebox gifts, please consider making your combined donation here. Or, give to cover the cost for those unable to include $9 with their packed shoebox.

Note: If you would like to discover the destination of your shoebox(es), please give instead through our Follow Your Box page.

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Send a Shoebox: $9 | Send a Carton of 15 Boxes: $135