West Central LA OCC team members distribute boxes in Mexico

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Partners from West Central La Operation Christmas Child team traveled to Juarez, Mexico to make four distributions of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Pictured are Christine and Todd Hampton, Carol Colvin, Jeanine Roberts, Michelle Williams, Diane Vienne, and Nancy Moore. Not pictured is Brenda Ingram.

Carlos Garcia first starting serving in Ciudad Juarez 25 years ago in late 1992. God sent him to help equip the local churches and to love on children. Carlos’ goal was to open an orphanage but God had bigger plans.

Today, the ministry is known as Amigo Fiel. This is an active ministry very involved with their community. There is an after school program for the local children and a church which meets two times each week. There are also men’s groups, women’s groups, youth groups, children’s church, Christian growth/discipleship classes, a food bank, a repair ministry, outreach ministries, and Festiniño (Operation Christmas Child from Samaritan’s Purse).

Part of the vision of Amigo Fiel is to equip people to serve. One way they accomplish this is to work with Samaritan’s Purse to distribute shoe boxes each year in and around Juarez. Additionally, Carlos Garcia is the National Leadership Logistics Coordinator for Mexico. This means he works to cross all the shoe box gifts from the United States into Mexico. In 2017, 80 semi trailers and a DC-8 Airplane all full of gifts went across the border. This represents 820,000 shoeboxes, all for the country of Mexico. People from all over the US pack the boxes, pray over them, and this year even donated cash so the freight can be paid all the way to the child who will receive the shoebox.

Should you wish to know more about what God is doing in and through Amigo Fiel, connect with them online at AmigoFiel.org

OCC is an outreach program of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Local Christians are taught to host a successful shoebox outreach event, organize a distribution, share the Gospel and invite children to participate in follow-up discipleship. In addition to hearing the Gospel before they receive their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a storybook that shares the message of salvation. With the Apostle John as narrator, the booklet shares 11 Scripture stories and invites children to follow Christ. Children take this home to share with family and friends. It is used in more than 80 languages.

To get involved with Operation Christmas Child contact Brenda Ingram at 318-471-9415.