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Operation Christmas Child kicks off Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012

Kickoff meeting at Columbia Baptist Church, 201 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY
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By Duane Bonifer, Public Relations Director
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

COLUMBIA, KY - Columbia Baptist Church, 201 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, will host a kickoff and informational meeting about Operation Christmas Child at 6pmCT Saturday, September 8, 2012. The event is supported by Lindsey Wilson College.

During last year's OCC campaign, Adair County residents donated 979 shoeboxes. This year's goal is to collect 1,303 shoeboxes, according to Carrie Redford, who is coordinating Columbia Baptist Church's OCC efforts.

Operation Christmas Child is coordinated by Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped worked with victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine.

The guest speaker at the September 8 kick-off event will be Timur Nesbitt, who has experienced the benefits of Operation Christmas Child firsthand.

Nesbitt grew up an orphan in Central Asia. At age 13, he received an Operation Christmas Child shoe box -- the first gift he had received. Inside the box was a yo-yo, candy, school supplies, a letter and photo from a boy in Texas who packed the box.

"The shoebox reminded me of Jesus' love for me, that he forgave me of my sins and that I should forgive my parents for what they did to me," Nesbitt said. "When I forgave them, God set me free from the bitterness."

Three years later, Nesbitt was adopted by an American missionary family from Iowa. He learned about Operation Christmas Child and told them he had received a shoebox gift. Now a student at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, Nesbitt plans to return to his home country to serve as a minister.

In addition to the September 8 organizational meeting, Columbia Baptist will once again host an OCC relay center during collection week, November 12-19, 2012. Contact for Operation Christmas Child: Carrie Redford at 270-634-3347 or Denise Fudge at 270-634-0246. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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