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Operation Christmas Child

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Help us reach 5,000 children with the good news this Christmas season

With your help, we want to reach 5,000 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.

These shoebox gifts will go to restricted access areas, some of the most spiritually dark, closed countries of the world.

Thank you for helping us reach our 2023 goal to pack 5,000 boxes and raise $168,000+ to cover the expenses!

Make a spiritual difference in the life of a child

Create opportunities for discipleship

Your sponsorship covers the cost of a shoebox filled with essential items, toys, and accessories, along with overseas shipping costs for OCC, and the opportunity for each child to attend the discipleship program The Greatest Journey.

What is The Greatest Journey?

After a child receives a shoebox gift through the local church, they are invited to participate in a 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 multiplication.

You can also experience the same discipleship program as our box recipients by purchasing The Greatest Journey for your family!

Ridge Missions Team

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  • Becky Belew

    Becky Belew

    Becky was born and raised in New Orleans, but moved to Texas in 2005. She married her best friend, Jon, in 2009. She is blessed with her wonderful daughter, Evelyn, and her stepson, Austin. Becky has more than 15 years of executive assistant experience and has attended the Ridge for nearly a decade. She loves scuba diving, going to Christian concerts, and playing games with her friends and family. She is grateful and excited to utilize her gifts to pursue God’s mission for the Ridge community locally and abroad.

  • Christine Stehno

    Christine Stehno

    Christine was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since college, Christine has spent time working in Parks and Recreation as well as at a Christian Camp in Sequoia National Forest in California. A trip to Nepal really opened her heart to all aspects of missions. She loves being outside in the sunshine as much as possible, reading, pick-up pickleball games, and watching Husker sports – especially football. Go Big Red! She’s excited to be living in the warmth of the south and grateful for this chapter working in ministry and getting to pursue her passion for people.

  • Clark Richardson

    Clark Richardson

    Clark is a Waco native and a Dallas Baptist University graduate. His non-traditional college and career track within the landscape industry and fundraising/development unknowingly prepared him for such a time as this. Over a number of trips to Uganda, God opened his eyes to how he could use his gifts and talents both locally and globally for the Kingdom. That led him to put his “yes” on the table in 2016, and the rest is history. He married up when landing his beautiful wife, Natalie, in 2010, and they have three children, Graham, Isla, and Cora. He is a jack of all trades and master of none. He enjoys being a dad of three, and when there is time, hunting, sports, dabbling with smoking meat, and campfires.

  • Don Ellsworth

    Don Ellsworth

    Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Don's family relocated to San Diego so he could meet his beautiful wife, Becky. They are blessed with and entertained by their four married kids and kids-in-law, and awesome grandchildren. Don graduated from San Diego Christian College and Dallas Seminary. Don loves going on dates with his wife, anything at the beach, USC football, college football and basketball, Hula Hut, reading, and chocolate. As Missions Pastor, Don loves his job of helping the Ridge reach the unreached and serve the vulnerable in our city and around the world.

  • Donald Dumbacher

    Donald Dumbacher

    Don was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He met his wife, Shelli, at The Ohio State University. They have four married children living all around the world, and five grandchildren…so far.