Answer: Our goal is one child, one gift, one time- however shoeboxes are distributed varies from country to country. Criticism #1: OCC doesn’t bring lasting help to the developing world. But Operation Christmas Child is run by Samaritan’s Purse, a huge and zealous organisation led by Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham. September 2015

December 2015 "Shoebox gifts are given to children regardless of religious affiliation and with no strings attached. Thanks for reading!

Children! The truth is that an emotional affair is not that easy to define like physical cheating. First of all, I want to thank you for this thread, and for openly engaging with the different points of critique.

There should be mention of the strong and widespread criticism of the oepration. April 2016 Andy Mabbett 11:35, 26 October 2005 (UTC) Operation Christmas Child brightened the faces of over 2 million kids last year. Everything you wrote in reply to crtitics was well said. We collect the boxes and distribute them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in vulnerable situations.

", Samaritan's Purse Canada spokesperson Jeff Adams said: "We included these specifics NOT because our views on these issues had changed, but simply because the world's views on these has changed to the point where we felt the need to again remind our volunteers that our organization accepts the Bible as the inspired and infallible word of God.". "I'm not coming to preach hate, I'm here to preach about a Savior, Jesus Christ who can make a difference in our lives if we put our faith and trust in Him," he told Premier of his intentions.

Please click here to learn how. Samaritan's Purse, the organization behind the Operation Christmas Child project, has responded to accusations that it's anti-gay and anti-Muslim. Toynbee, then accused participants in the annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox project of participating in "anti-Muslim proselytizing. Stop looking at your phone when you are driving. When approached over perceived issues with Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritans Purse spokesman said: “Operation Christmas Child exists to …

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To enjoy our website, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. Fundamentally, any charity that is done sustainably, addressing the root issues of global injustice, will have a far greater impact than those that do not.

Coreen. Thank you for your comment. Even if, like me, you’re flicking through the leaflet thinking “I wish they didn’t do gender segregated toy labels” and “isn’t this all rather patronising?” it feels churlish to criticise. I would just respond in three ways. OCC, as you said, is meant to bring hope and a smile to children, and there's nothing wrong with that. I wanted to share why I believe Operation Christmas Child (OCC) by Samaritan’s Purse is an endeavour that I participate in. Unpacking Operation Christmas Child By Judy Wu Dominick on November 8, 2015 • ( 39). Do Not Sell My Personal Information. I have heard NOTHING of any criticism from anyone.

7 Reasons You Should NOT Participate in Operation Christmas Child.

LGBT protesters outside Franklin Graham's three-day evangelistic event in Blackpool, U.K., September 21-23, 2018.

Christmas is supposed to unite people together because it is about celebrating the love and kindness of Jesus Christ. wrong in sending a child a Christmas gift to uplift her or him - It's what Christ would want us to do. I hope these comments are received in the spirit they are given. Addressing Criticisms of Operation Christmas Child.

July 2015 October 2014 You expressed, in writing, many of the same thoughts that I had to the criticism of OCC. Samaritan's Purse, the organization behind the Operation Christmas Child project, has responded to accusations that it's anti-gay and anti-Muslim. ", Graham recently faced similar controversy in the U.K. when he preached in Blackpool in September at the invitation of local churches, but was accused by a small group of LGBT activists of promoting "hatred" and "bigotry.". April 2017 Occasionally I'll post something here to help us walk our faith out in daily life. February 2014

Criticism of the Program. If you could choose between giving your own child an education or some candy, a toy, a pencil and rubber, wouldn't you choose the former? However in some instances, a school or orphanage for instance, might get shoeboxes every year and give them to all the Grade 5 students, or all the new orphans. They hope to help these two bring a new baby bird to the park, not the largest salary for the CEO of any relief charity based in the USA, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/burgeo-woman-samaritans-purse-beliefs-1.3580597, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knECbmqP5Xg, Beating Trump May Take a Few More Days, But We Can Defeat Trumpism Now, The Unexpected Culprit That’s Killing Your Love Life, You’re Racist and You’re Not a Horrible Person, How To Get Rid of Toxic Masculinity in the Workplace, The End of Slavery and Sugar-Free Donuts: One Didn’t End Racism and the Other Didn’t End Type I Diabetes, How To Practice Long-Term Thinking When You Can Barely See Past Tomorrow, Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person, How to Deal With Your Partner’s Sudden Lack of Libido, Staff Try to Help Two Buzzards Out in ‘The Big Egg Switcheroo’, The First Myth of Patriarchy: The Acorn on the Pillow, The Reality That All Women Experience That Men Don’t Know About, 10 Things Good Men Should Never Do in a Relationship, What We Talk About When We Talk About Men: The Top 12 Issues Men Face Today, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism, Relationships Aren't Easy, But They're Worth It, The Lack of Gentle Platonic Touch in Men's Lives is a Killer, 9 Ways to Build Trust Between You and Your Partner. March 2014 We do this by distributing millions of shoebox gifts to children who are affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine to let them know that they are not forgotten," the group said. I also wanted to give my thoughts towards those who may be critical of certain aspects of OCC’s ministry.

"No matter where we go, we don't hide the fact that we are Christians. October 2013

Graham, who's also CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was further accused of being anti-gay for adhering to biblical teachings on marriage — that it's is a union between one man and one woman. It took issue with the Bible stories and books dispatched alongside the children's gifts, arguing that such a strategy targets Muslim families. Most of our receiving countries move to different regions/communities each year on a rotation. June 2016 And thirdly, if OCC doesn't resonate with you, no problem. June 2015 Christmas!

In Christ's name I bless you.

The world is already full of hate and we should not fuel more hate to it. Answer: 21 paid staff for 54,000 volunteers "We're not here to preach against anyone, we're here to talk about God," he added. The op-ed also highlighted several of his Facebook posts opposing radical Islamic extremism as an example of perceived anti-Muslim sentiment. September 2013.

Samaritan's Purse Responds to Accusation Operation Christmas Child Is 'Anti-Muslim Proselytizing'. April 2015

the common 10% threshold for tithing).

For me, good intentions ≠ good actions: I'm sure that most shoe box supporters have a good heart and motive in taking part in OCC.

So, if we had to choose, I believe that God would want us to steward our charity, and bring the hope and joy of Christ's coming in ways that are sustainable and dignifying. Operation Christmas Child is a totally amazing organization, that does share the gospel in so many ways. Franklin Graham delivers an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox to a child in Belize on Dec. 28, 2015. March 2015 When someone is doing something good for the benefit of other people, we should show our support. Rev. He loved the little children as well as all of us, and He still does. As our name illustrates, we are upfront about who we are," it told CP. This is in response to David's comments on November 4, 2018. I also wanted to give my thoughts towards those who may be critical of certain aspects of OCC’s ministry. Not only is the organisation openly homophobic, it seeks to proselytise in a manner that most people, including liberal Christians, find unacceptable. How many paid employees in OCC Canada vs Volunteers? I wanted to include this in the conversation as well:

You expressed them so well!! Director of Education Tony Stack said at the time: "For example, a child with two moms or two dads, unfortunately, has been put in the position of choosing between fitting in and partaking with other classmates in an activity, or supporting an organization opposed to the very existence of that very child's family unit.