Yesterday Adie and I went out to run some errands because Grace and Lydia were on a special adventure with Grandpa and Grandma. We ended up at Walmart (we usually do because I need more supplies for Wings). I can't go through Walmart without checking out the clearance section because you just never know what could be in there:) I am always looking for gifts, prize box items and items for our Compassion Boxes.
We hit a jackpot with the valentines items being 90% off. We were able to get 10 stuffed bears for .30 each and cute little buckets and candy hearts etc. Then I went to the shoe departement because when we go to Ethiopia to pick up our children I want to bring a whole suitcase full of shoes. (No matter where you go in Africa, shoes are always needed) I found a whole bunch of nice shoes for $2 a pair...cheaper than Savers!
Back to the reason for this post, I was at the checkout and the lady gave me a smile and said, "That is a great deal on those bears."
"Yes, it is. I buy these things for Operation Christmas Child. Have you ever heard of it?"
Of course she has never heard of it because I havent' talked to a single person here in St. Cloud who has heard of it besides my sister-in-law, but then again she just moved here 1 .5 years ago.
I was able to share with her how we pack shoe boxes as a family and how they are sent all over the world to needy children. They then hear the gospel because of a little booklet enclosed in their own language. She thought it was so neat that she said she was going to look it up after work. I had a great time talking with her!
After this conversation, I decided that our church needs to be a collection station next year. (They don't know this yet, but I will let them know:) We need to get the word out in central Minnesota! The closest collection point is in Maple Grove and I think that is just plain silly!
Now that I have written it down, I will better be able to hold myself accountable to what the Lord has told me to do!
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