Mitchell Baptist Church received its award from Samaritan’s Purse for participating in Operation Christmas Child for five years. The church began as a Drop Off Center in 2018 with Bro Bobby Russell as the pastor and Tonia Cates as the Drop Off Coordinator. In the first year, they collected 654 Shoeboxes to send to third-world countries around the world to share the Gospel.
In 2020, Glenna Carter became the Drop Off Leader. Shoeboxes are collected from Converse, Pleasant Hill, and Zwolle and are filled with school supplies, toiletries (no liquids), toys, stuffed animals, shoes, clothes, and a Wow item.
In 2023, Lisa Dyess became the Drop Off Leader and is seeking churches, schools, communities, and individuals to participate in this ministry to follow God’s Great Commission.
Once the child is invited to the distribution of shoeboxes by Samaritan’s Purse they are presented the gospel and then given the gospel in a book called “The Greatest Gift.” This book has been translated in 90 different languages. The child is then given this tangible gift of God’s love for him through a shoebox filled with His Love. The child then can enroll in a 12-lesson class about God’s love for him. Upon completing the class, a graduation is held and each child is given a Bible in their very own language.
In 2022, Mitchell collected a record number of Shoeboxes 889 in the THIRD WEEK of November. Mitchell is one of the six churches on the West Central La Team that serves as a Drop Off Center. Other churches include Calvary Baptist in Many, First Baptist Robeline, First Baptist Natchitoches, Martin Baptist in Martin, and First Baptist in Winnfield.
To become involved in this ministry contact Lisa Dyess at 318-796-2400.
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