OCC to kickoff in the county

Operation Christmas Child, Countywide kick off Operation Christmas Child is Saturday, September 21, 2013 at First Baptist Church in the Fellowship hall.

Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. until noon. A light lunch will be served. Come and pick up your supplies.

“Let’s get started working on our boxes,” said the committee

Operation Christmas Collection Week is November 18- 25, 2013. Be prepared; pack a shoebox for a child in need of love and hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child Material will be available at Penny’s from Heaven and Winston Baptist Association.

You can contact Penny Crowson, Audrey Richardson, Donna Kaye Thomas, Vickie Chambliss, Mary Ann Yates or Daphne Partridge for material.

. If you have any questions, you can call Mary Ann Yates at 662-773-7639

In the summer of 1973, Bob Pierce met his eventual successor, an adventurous young student named Franklin Graham with a growing heart for world missions. Intrigued by his many stories from the field, Franklin began to spend more and more time with the seasoned Christian statesman. In 1975, he accompanied Bob on a life-changing tour of some of the world’s neediest mission fields. Franklin saw the poverty of pagan religions and the utter despair of the people they enslave. God had captured his heart for missions.

Bob Pierce died of leukemia in 1978, and a little over a year later, Franklin Graham became the President and Chairman of the Board of Samaritan’s Purse. Through over 30 years of earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and famine, Franklin has led the ministry in following the Biblical example of the Good Samaritan all across the globe.

God has blessed the organization under Franklin’s leadership, and the ministry has seen explosive growth.

“Go and do likewise,” Christ commanded after explaining the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. So we do. Samaritan’s Purse travels the world’s highways looking for victims along the way. We are quick to bandage the wounds we see, but like the Samaritan, we don’t stop there. In addition to meeting immediate, emergency needs, we help these victims recover and get back on their feet.

No matter where we go or what we do, we offer more than help. We offer hope. To suffering people in a broken world, we share the news of the only One who can bring true peace—Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

• We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. Revelation 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15:51-57.

• We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:12, 27.