While big events tend to make the biggest impact on lives, it is sometimes the smallest moments that can change people for a lifetime.
For Alina Aisina, it was a shoebox with practical items and one very special gift with that changed the course of her life.
At age 5, Aisina received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox wrapped in beautiful paper. Inside that box, among the other items, was a pair of pink princess shoes that she wore everywhere.
That gift reminded her that Christians are called to give and to serve others.
Aisina will share her story at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the First Christian Church of Dodge City at 711 5th Avenue.
Tamra Clawson, area coordinator for OCC, said Operation Christmas Child shoebox was started in 1993 and over the next 26 years has spread to 168 countries.
Having Aisina, a recipient of one of the shoeboxes, speak in Dodge City will help people see the power of giving can have.
For 26 years, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, has put together shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and toys and delivered them around the world to show Gods love in a tangible way.
The shoeboxes are sent to pastors and missionaries who are responsible to see that the shoeboxes are dispersed.
In 2018, more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide with nearly 15,000 being collected in the Dodge City area.
People are encouraged to put together a shoebox and take it to the First Southern Baptist Church during collection week, Nov. 18-25. The shoebox should contain quality items that show God's love in a tangible way. People can include notes in the box with a mailing address or email. While the recipient may not have access to the Internet, they can make email connection through the preachers or missionaries.
In Namibia, Clawson said she saw shoeboxes being handed out and the children were truly grateful. Included in the box is a booklet that shares Gospel. Watching the children receive the boxes had a powerful impact on Clawson. The teachers were enthusiastic to share the Gospel. The gifts have a huge impact on the kids who express joy in spite of their extreme poverty.
The shoebox gifts give the local pastor a way to make contact with the child's family.
For more information, contact Clawson at 620-482-3305 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.