Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a ministry of the international relief organization, Samaritan's Purse. OCC delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts to children all over the world. In fact, since 1993, more than 135 million boys and girls from over 150 countries have received these gifts! The shoe box gifts are assembled by individuals, churches, businesses, and community organizations across America, and are sent to children in the world's most impoverished and war-torn areas. These gifts let children in tragic circumstances know that they are known and loved, and that help is on the way! In addition, each recipient of a shoe box gift has an opportunity to enroll in a discipleship course, offered through local churches. These courses introduce children to the gospel message and help new followers of Jesus grow in their faith.
Since 2013, Grace Baptist Church has been the "Relay Center" for the Marshall area. This means that during the 3rd week of November each year, our church receives shoe box gifts from around the area, preparing them for their journey overseas. If you would like to know more about this ministry, please call the church office, visit the Operation Christmas Child website (SamaritansPurse.org/OCC), and watch the video below to see just one place where OCC is making a difference.