Despite its modest size, Berea Baptist Chuch has made an outsized impact on the lives of children around the world through its steadfast support of Samaritan's Purse, specifically through the ministry's Operation Christmas Child project.

Each year, members of Berea Baptist Church come together with a shared mission: to fill 200 shoeboxes with gifts for children in need. This remarkable endeavor, led by a congregation known for its warmth and dedication, showcases the boundless capacity for generosity that exists within our small, country church. 

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, aims to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world by collecting and delivering gift-filled shoeboxes. These boxes are not just filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items; they are filled with hope, love, and the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas.

For our church, the commitment to support Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child is more than just an annual tradition; it is a reflection of the congregation's deep-rooted belief in the power of giving and serving others. The process begins months in advance, with members of the church gathering items, encouraging participation, and even handcrafting gifts to ensure that each box is special.

The impact of these 200 boxes extends far beyond the tangible items they contain. For the children who receive them, these gifts often represent the first presents they have ever received. More importantly, they convey a message of hope and love from across the globe, letting these children know that they are valued and not forgotten; they are loved and cherished by God.

The efforts of Berea Baptist Church also serve as a powerful example of how small congregations can make a significant difference in the world. Despite the challenges of rallying a smaller group of people, Berea's congregation has consistently demonstrated that with faith, dedication, and teamwork, even the loftiest goals are attainable.

Through our actions, the members of Berea Baptist Church are spreading light and love, embodying the essence of Christianity by reaching out to those in need through the love of Christ, and inspiring others to do the same.

Learn more about Samaritan's Purse.