A year-round volunteer steps out of her comfort zone to bring Good News to children around the world
Luan Sy, media relations volunteer for Orange County and Greater Long Beach, California, interfaces with media outlets in her region to promote Operation Christmas Child. Her work involves everything from contacting newspapers and radio stations to maintaining a social media presence for her region. Luan is a mother of two, ages 4 and 6, and works part-time in architectural design.
“Since I don’t have a background in media,” Luan said, “I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone.” But in doing so, God is growing her prayer life and teaching her that His grace will be there when she needs it. Luan has a speech impediment, but as she contacts various media outlets she finds, “God’s got this. I don’t have to be perfectly adequate.”
Luan likens her volunteering with Operation Christmas Child to God multiplying the fishes and loaves (Luke 9:16). “After my job, after school board, I give what I have,” Luan said. And God is using it to allow more children to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ through shoebox gifts.
She also appreciates what the Samaritan’s Purse project accomplishes even before the shoebox gifts are delivered. “I like that there’s ministry on both sides of the box,” Luan said. “As a mom, I like that I can pass this down to my children as a heritage—that they can grow in learning how to serve people in a practical way, how to pray, how to love. I like what it does for my family.”
A busy young mom, Luan does not have much time, but carves out space for Operation Christmas Child because she trusts it is a worthwhile investment. An hour and a half after the birth of her second daughter, Luan started hemorrhaging so severely that she went code blue. After being put in a coma for recovery for an anticipated three days, she woke up at 7:00 a.m. the next morning. Following this brush with death, Luan decided she wanted to promote the packing of shoebox gifts.
She said, “I’ve reevaluated what’s worth my time and what’s not, and I feel Operation Christmas Child is.”
This is the final article of our January series highlighting year-round volunteers who serve with Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child.
Click here to find out more about volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project.