With your help, we desire to reach 2,500 children with the Good News this Christmas season!
Sponsor a 'special access' box full of toys and supplies for a child in need and, more importantly, create an opportunity for them to be invited into spiritual conversations and a discipleship program with their local church.
Click the link below to access our online giving platform, then select your campus and choose "Operation Christmas Child" as the Fund in the dropdown menu:
SPONSOR A SHOEBOX
Your $45 sponsorship covers the cost of the following items included in each shoebox, along with overseas shipping costs for OCC, and the opportunity for each child to attend the discipleship program The Greatest Journey.
crayon pack, comb & brush combo, jump rope, pencil, pencil sharpener, bounce ball, toothbrush, 4" stuff animal, flashlight, soccer ball & ball pump, calculator, journal, sunglasses
Please consider sponsoring one (or more!) to make a spiritual difference in the life of a child.
Where are Austin Ridge 'special access' boxes going through OCC?
Since 1993, OCC 'special access' has been able to reach more than 50 hard-to-reach countries. Our shoeboxes will go to some of the most difficult to reach places on earth. This includes areas that are hostile to the gospel, places where whole people groups are yet unreached, and hundreds of remote Pacific islands.
What does my $45 donation include?
Austin Ridge partners with our local wholesale vender to source and package 2,500 shoeboxs with 14 items plus the cost for OCC to ship each box overseas. Your sponsorship also ensures each shoebox recipient’s complete participation in the follow-up discipleship program The Greatest Journey, including workbook, graduation certificate, and a copy of the New Testament written in his or her own language.
What is The Greatest Journey?
After a child receives a shoebox gift through the local church, each child is invited to participate in their 12-lesson, follow-up discipleship program. The Greatest Journey is where they learn to follow Jesus and share Him with others. This program equips and empowers the local church to pursue children through evangelism, discipleship, and muliplication.
What items are included in the shoebox?
Each box includes 14 items within five categories: crayon pack, comb & brush combo, jump rope, pencil, pencil sharpener, bounce ball, toothbrush, 4" stuff animal, flashlight, soccer ball & ball pump, calculator, journal, sunglasses
Why is Austin Ridge not handing out 'special access' boxes?
Due to OCC 'special access' countries having strict guidelines on items entering the country, whether it be customs regulations or cultural or religious reasons, OCC has to closely montior each special access shoebox item included. As a result, they are only providing this project online. Austin Ridge has customized the experience to double our impact from last year through our 'special access' sponsorship model to reach 2,500 children.
Why 'special access' vs. traditional shoeboxes?
Because of God's compassionate pursuit of us, we are compelled to reach the unreached and serve the vulnerable in our city and around the world. OCC 'special access' shoeboxes serve as one way to moblize our church body towards 'reaching the unreached around the world.' As a result we desire to provide 2,500 ‘special access’ shoe boxes in partnership with OCC.
Can I drop off a shoebox at Austin Ridge?
No. Please visit Operation Christmas Child (OCC) drop off location page to find the nearest location to you.