Operation Christmas Child Visit To Namibia

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Sue Shorter from Huntingdon went out to Namibia in early April (with 14 others from UK, The Faroe Islands and Northern Island) as part of an Operation Christmas Child Vision Trip.

Seeing children receive the boxes — from the USA — with amazement as they hadn't ever had a gift was humbling. Their simple life in Zinc hut type housing meant there were little possessions of their own. One little boy was insistent we saw his chicken wire truck — it was great he then had a car in his box along with a plastic donkey. Real donkeys were braying nearby on the farmland!!

But Sue saw how the volunteers forming the National Leadership Team of Namibia train, under the guidance of Samaritan's Purse trained Pastors and Sunday School teachers, "The Greatest Journey " — a 12 week course teaching the Gospel in simple terms using lovely illustrations, activities, songs, verse learning and prayer.

Grandmothers were visited, looking after large extended families (all children) with little means — so food parcels accompanied with prayers and devotions were given/shared soon to be followed with the gift filled boxes.

Schools for the students with learning difficulties, Impaired Hearing and Vision were also visited, Soup Kitchen Clubs, out of town settlements and Sunday Schools meant there were 8 occasions of sharing and seeing up to 300 at any one time.

Being with the National Leadership Team daily, sharing worship and prayer, picnics and events meant a lot to the Team and gave each one a lot to reflect on.

The simple gift of the Shoebox opens so many doors, not only to the chid, but their family and community.

Guidelines for filling a shoebox this year are attached. Please — Do start now and keep it FUN.

Sue Shorter, Year Round Volunteer OCC West Anglia
For further information please contact Sue by email at: b.shorter@btinternet.com

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