Chota Valley, Ecuador
Week of Compassion
Operation Christmas Child
Bridging Cultures, Inc. is the new distinctly Disciples mission effort formed by these eight Disciples ministers who came to the conclusion that "having seen, we cannot unsee; having known, we cannot unknow."
Two Mission Trips are planned for the summer of 2012. The first trip leaves on July 14 and the second on July 21. If you would like more information on Bridging Cultures or Ecuador Mission Trips, please contact Danny Couch at CCC, 817-594-3053. Visit Bridging Cultures, Inc. website at www.bridgingculturesmission.org
Week of Compassion website ...
Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. We seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.
Giving to Week of Compassion is an effective way for Disciples congregations, members and friends to channel their resources and concerns to the humanitarian needs of suffering people within the United States and in the world. Disciples bring hope to situations of natural disaster, war and famine, more efficiently than ever before thanks to the faithful gifts of local congregations. With your continued support, Week of Compassion will remain responsive to Christ's call to both short term relief and long term partnerships in order to empower our brothers and sisters around the world.
The emphasis on "Week" in our name indicates the fund's beginnings as a week-long effort to raise money for those in need. The first official collection under this name was made February 20 - 27, 1944, in conjunction with the annual Brotherhood Dinner, celebrated simultaneously by Disciples churches across the country. Decades later, Week of Compassion is still a week-long special offering season each February. Week of Compassion receives all of its funds from Disciples congregations and their members; it does not receive any funding from the Disciples Mission Fund. The important claim in the second word of our name, "Compassion," indicates Disciples' faithful belief that Jesus embodied and modeled for the Church how to love and care for all God's people and Creation through faithful, life-giving love in the face of suffering.
Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child website ...
Each year we participate in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is the shoebox ministry managed by Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered more than 69 million shoe box gifts to needy and hurting children around the world, in more than 100 countries on six continents. The program provides aid to victims of war, natural disaster, famine, disease and poverty.
In early November, empty shoeboxes will be made available for pickup at our church, usually in Cuppett Hall. The filled shoeboxes are to be returned in mid-November. Beth Potter is our CCC contact for Operation Christmas Child. Northside Baptist is the closest Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection center in our area and that's where the filled shoeboxes we receive are taken. They always need volunteers to help pack the huge crates with the donated boxes of goodies for the children.
Northside Baptist Church
910 N. Main St.
Weatherford, Tx. 76086
Shoebox Gift IdeasFollowing is a list of the types of items to include in the Christmas Child shoebox.