#ShoeboxStories: Yuri and a Photo



#shoeboxstories son series de historias de beneficiarios de cajas de regalos que cuentan de primera mano, el impacto eterno de un regalo enviado en el nombre de Jesús.



A Photo

Yuri received a shoebox in an orphanage in Honduras at age 6.

Everything in my shoebox was special. I really liked the school supplies. Normally in the orphanage we’d receive a notebook and a pencil at the beginning of the year and it had to last an entire year. I was really excited that I had a set of 10 pencils!

I also got a notebook as well as toothpaste and a toothbrush. The toothbrush meant a lot because before I had to share my toothbrush with 25 other girls.

“Her note said, ‘Jesus loves you and I love you too.’”

The most important thing was the picture and note from the American little girl who sent that shoebox to me. Her note said, “Jesus loves you and I love you too.” At that moment it made a big impact on me, and it continued to for years.

When I was 13, I was not able to continue my education because they didn’t have the financial support for me to do so. I began to blame God for the life I was living. I was in an orphanage and thought there was no hope. I was separated from my siblings and especially my twin sister. It was a really hard time for me.

The director of the orphanage was also saying, “Soccer is not for girls, it’s only for boys.” So I was not allowed to play soccer and not able to continue my education. Instead, I had to cook in the kitchen for 120 boys and only had every other Sunday off.

One Sunday when I didn’t have to cook I went to the mountains surrounding the orphanage and took my special box with me. In it were pictures and letters from missionaries and volunteers that had come through the orphanage. That box was like a best friend.

After hours of crying on the mountain, I was just angry with God and questioning Him for the life I was living. I remember saying, “If you’re real, show it to me.”

“ God was showing me that He always was there for me.”

When I opened my box the first thing I saw was the picture of the American girl that sent me the shoebox seven years before and her little note that said, “Jesus loves me and I love you too.”

That day I embraced God’s love. I realized that even though this girl didn’t know me and didn’t know my story, she took time with her family to pack a shoebox specifically for me.

Through the reflection of that little girl’s faith, God was showing me that He did care and that He always was there for me—even when I thought He never was.

Three months later I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I got a Bible the same day and when I opened it the first verse I saw was Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

“ I knew that God had a plan for my life.”

Reading that verse, I remembered that day in the mountains and knew that God had a plan for my life.

Through the shoebox I had the opportunity to come to know the Lord more. I trusted that God was the One who sent that shoebox to me. I began to know Him and because of that He opened many doors for me to minister.

One day when I was 6 years old somebody impacted my life by packing a shoebox for me and now I get to impact other kids by packing shoeboxes. God’s also given me the talent to play soccer so now I have the opportunity to serve Him with sports and to mentor young athletes.

Desde 2017, dulces y pastas dentales no son permitidas en las cajas de regalos debido a las regulaciones de las aduanas. Pero permanecemos confiados que tu regalo aún deleitará a un niño necesitado.

Operation Christmas Child envía mucha alegría a millones de niños alrededor del mundo a través de amorosas cajas de regalos y por las que se han orado fervientemente, con regalos que deleitan a un niño. ¡En las manos de las iglesias locales, cada caja de regalos es una herramienta poderosa para el evangelismo y discipulado, transformando las vidas de niños y sus familias en todo el mundo, por medio de las Buenas Nuevas de Jesucristo! Después de recibir una caja de regalos, los niños son invitados a registrarse en La Gran Aventura, nuestro programa de discipulado de 12 lecciones donde ellos aprenden lo que significa seguir fielmente a Cristo y compartirlo con otros.