CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX MINISTRY
the Love and Message of God One Shoebox at a Time"
YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Well another year has come and gone, and God has blessed this ministry once again. We had a great trip this year with good
roads and weather. Thank you so much for your prayers. The many miles we travel safely each year is because we have all of
you praying for us while we are gone. I can't say Thank You enough.
"God never calls
us to do anything without faithfully keeping His word and enabling us to do it. We are not always faithful to do what God
tells us, but He remains faithful and stands by His word to fulfill what He has promised.
had 29 people on the trip this year, representing 9 different churches. On Monday, we met the people from some of the different
churches to pick up their gifts and food items. This is a very busy day for us, unloading and loading up everyone's truck
with gifts and all the food items. We had worship services on Sunday and Tuesday, and at two different churches on Wednesday,
one service that afternoon and another that night. We had one young girl to get saved at one of the Worship Services. Praise
God! That's what it is all about. Giving the gifts helps to spread God's love, but it is all about planting seeds and sharing
the love of Jesus. Glory Be to God!
After our Worship Services, we were able to pass
out candy, gifts, throws and school supplies. The children received their gifts, an apple, an orange and candy bag. Adults
received a small gift, an apple, an orange, candy and also their food items. So, God Bless each of You that participated!
Also, we dropped off items at a shelter
for children. We try to provide items to as many as we can, where they are needed the most. We let the Lord lead us,
and He always opens doors and leads us to where He wants us to provide them.
2018, we collected 2151 shoebox gifts for children, some adult gifts, blankets and throws, crochet throws, crochet caps, numerous
school supplies, lots of candy, used coats, new & used clothing, new toys, stuffed animals and numerous miscellaneous
items. It always works out, we just leave it up to Him, and He provides exactly what we need! We were able to
purchase 300 - 20-pound bags of flour, 300 - 10-pound bags of pinto beans, 300 - 48-ounce bottles of cooking oil, 7 cases
of apples, 7 cases of oranges, 25 - 5-pound bags of flour and sugar, and 25 - 3 pound buckets of lard. We also helped one
church with some money to help with van repairs and another with money to help to pour concrete to build bathrooms. When we
gave them this money, the Pastor started crying. Then we had prayer together thanking God for the money he provided. Right
now, they have no running water in the church and no bathrooms.
Wow, this is wonderful.
Isn't it amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together to do the work God has put before us?
We would like to express our appreciation to ALL OF YOU! You all never cease to amaze me how faithful you are
to support the Christmas Shoebox Ministry even after 23 years. We can't say "Thank You" enough. We appreciate everything
you do for this ministry each year. It would not be possible without your support. We just happen to be the ones God chose
to deliver them. We couldn't deliver them if you didn't provide for us. As always, your support was a great success. This
was accomplished through 40 Concord Union Baptist Association Churches, 6 Churches not in our association, several WMU &
Children's Groups and Sunday School Classes and numerous individuals. This ministry would not be possible without your great
support each year. Again, we would like to say how much we appreciate your donations.
God tells you to do something, He will give you the energy, talent and resources to do it. Where God guides, He provides"
Once again, from the bottom of our hearts,
we thank you! I know the Native American people thank you! They really need our prayers. They face struggles everyday just
like we do. Satan is alive and well and roaming this earth. We really need your prayers each year. Satan likes to work
on us to try to keep this ministry from happening. Your prayers and God's guidance keep us going.
Again, we appreciate each and every one of you! You have been
a part of making a lot of happy children and families this year, by sharing the Love of God to them. Maybe something we do
or something in the shoebox gifts will one day make a difference in their lives.
Thank You and May God Bless You throughout this New Year!
Serving in Christ,
Harlin & Karen Knight and many others.
For more information contact Karen at
318-368-0173 or 318-267-4788