God Is Trustworthy

It has been a rewarding eight days of ministry collecting over 12,000 love-filled, prayer-covered shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Terri and I are so incredibly thankful for the great volunteers who helped receive box after box and for all the fantastic donors who delivered a seemingly endless sea of boxes.

We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with our family even though our hometown Cowboys got smacked around on Thursday afternoon.

Unfortunately, we also learned that a dear friend suffered a massive seizure on Thursday after celebrating with members of his family. Doctors have found a number of tumors throughout his body, some of which are cancerous. Several years ago, this friend had the courage to ask me the question “What do you believe about Jesus?”

Terri and I would ask that you offer up praise for the magnificent work God did through thousands of OCC volunteers between November 13-November 20. We would also like to ask you to pray for our friend who will have brain surgery tomorrow (Monday). God is the greatest of all healers. We entrust our friend into His trustworthy hands.



  1. Victor F Jaso says:

    Hi Rainer, it was a nice surprise to run across you tweet regarding you Shoe Box ministry. It sounds like you two are as involved in spreading God’s Love as you always have been. I think of y’all every now & when & therefore running across you tweet was uplifting. I’ll keep you friends in my prayers in hope of great results. Love you guys & may the Lord continue to bless you in all you efforts.

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  2. Hi Victor-great hearing from you. I pray all is well with you and Chris. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord through these special shoebox gifts. Ministry continues on through life’s highs and lows. I’m glad to hear that you found this post uplifting and encouraging. We appreciate your continued prayers.-Rb


  3. bgddyjim says:

    Prayers have been sent.

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  4. Thank you. Surgery went well. They were able to remove the cyst/tumor without damaging the brain. The family is waiting to hear further results later this week.

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