Operation Christmas Child 2017 Begins!

Monday, November 13, 2017


National Collection Week 2017 is here!

All around the world, tens of thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers and thousands of ministry partners are prepared to receive love-filled, prayer-covered shoebox gifts to share with millions of needy children.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

2017 marks our 9th year of involvement in this incredible ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse. Like so many OCC volunteers, Terri and I got started by packing a simple shoebox gift in November 2008. Today, we kickoff our 3rd year as a OCC Central Drop-Off. In 2015, after serving as the Richardson area’s Relay Center for six years, we transitioned to the even bigger responsibility of serving as a Central Drop Off. Terri and I have learned a lot about our amazing God and our faith has grown through this ministry project. In 2015, Terri fulfilled the dream of a lifetime in going to Tanzania and taking part in several shoebox distributions. We have been blessed tremendously through seeing God at work through this wonderful project giving millions of children worldwide the opportunity to hear about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

Packing a shoebox gift is loads of fun and brings great joy to your household, family table, small group, Bible study, or prayer group. Packing shoeboxes with others is a rewarding experience and a powerful blessing. When you pack your shoebox gift, pray over it once you’ve got it all done. Prayer is a vital ingredient in the process. Include an encouraging note and maybe even a picture of yourself. Be sure to pack a WOW item!


If you live in North Dallas and surrounding Dallas North area please bring your shoebox gifts to us at Trinity Bible Church 400 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75085 during any of the following collection times:

Monday thru Friday    10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday     1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
2nd Monday    10:00 am – 5:30 pm


We look forward to seeing you!

Rainer and Terri Bantau


Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)

How to Pack a Shoebox Gift

Have You Packed Your OCC Shoebox Yet?

The 2016 National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, is right around the corner. Have you started packing your love-filled shoebox gift yet?

This year’s collection starts Monday, November 14 and runs through Monday, November 21, 2016. We are thrilled to be partnering with our home church, Trinity Bible Church of Richardson, for the sixth consecutive year. Since packing our very first shoebox in 2008, Terri and I, working alongside hundreds of faithful church volunteers, have had the privilege of serving with OCC in various roles for 8 years, primarily focusing on collecting and cartonizing tens of thousands of donated shoebox gifts prayerfully packed by thousands of people.

Our 2016 Collection Center hours will be:

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, November 14-Friday, November 18

1 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20

10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday, November 21

Our Collection Center will be in the 300 wing, located on the East side of Trinity Bible Church, located at 400 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080. The main office number is 972-234-2390.

In 2015, Operation Christmas Child collected over 11 million shoeboxes that were distributed to children living in over 100 different countries.

A project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child provides local partners all over the Earth with shoeboxes filled with little toys, basic hygiene items, and school supplies as a way of reaching out to children in their home communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These love-filled, prayer-wrapped, simple gifts travel to children living in places impacted by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease and to children living on Native American reservations in the United States.

Since 1993, OCC has distributed over 100 million shoebox gifts to the far corners of the globe in hopes of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with children and their families. This year, we pray that you will prayerfully consider participating in this incredible ministry with us as we seek to reach the world with the Gospel.

Learn how to pack a shoebox here.

We look forward to receiving your shoebox gifts at Trinity Bible Church this year and seeing what amazing things the Lord will do with these simple gifts.


OCC National Collection Week Day Four

It’s day four of Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week and our North Dallas Relay Center hosted on the campus of Trinity Bible Church of Richardson has received over 2200 shoebox gifts so far. It’s been an incredible week. We’ve had lots of help from faithful volunteers who have lugged and loaded cartons upon cartons of shoeboxes. It’s been a blessing to see familar faces drop off their shoebox gifts again, as they have done everso faithfully, year in year out. The joy on each of their faces is heartwarming, on both sides of the box, giving and receiving.


One donor graciouslly asked her friends to help her pack 50 shoebox gifts in celebration of her 50th birthday. A local wrestling coach got his wrestlers together to pack over a hundred shoebox gifts. Young and old alike have made it their mission this year to pack a box full of daily essentials, toys, books, and many other things to share their love with a kid all away across the globe. They hope to meet a physical need as well as share the way to fill a spiritual need—the need for a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Whatever we are dealing with here on Earth is merely temporary. We can persevere and endure whatever trials we face through our belief and reliance on a power greater than ourselves—God, the Father, who created all. For nothing is impossible with God and through relying on the strength of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We, who believe, live with the knowledge of the promise that one day we will stand in His presence, free from pain, free from worry, free from fear, free from trouble, and free from tears. Somewhere, somebody desperately needs to hear the Good News…that whatever their situation may be…they can live a life filled with an abundance of Love and Hope and Faith.

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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