The Port City Faith Assembly of God Church is sending 72 Christmas boxes full of toys and gifts to children in need overseas, with the help of Operation Christmas Child.
With an average Sunday morning service attendance of 80-100 people, the small Oswego church is sending almost as many Christmas boxes as they have members. The boxes will be delivered to children overseas living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster, through Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization whose mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world.
Members of Port City Faith (PCF) either hand-packed a box themselves with toys, trinkets, clothes and hygiene items, or brought in items for the members of the PCF Youth Group to pack into boxes. The PCF Women’s Ministries group even gathered together to make handmade dolls and dresses to be packed.
“Missions is one of the five core values of our church,” said Pastor Sebastian Foti. “We want to leave a footprint not only in Oswego, but worldwide.”
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Members of the Port City Faith Church Youth Group pack shoeboxes with toys and gifts to send to children in need overseas through Operation Christmas Child.