Saying “Yes!” makes such a difference. That day in May — before our building was finished — when I asked Jesus how He wanted us to use our building, was the day I got the phone call from Operation Christmas Child: “Operation Christmas Child has been praying for a church in Arlington to be a Relay Center during National Collection Week; a place where people from your area can drop off their filled shoebox gifts. Would Restoration be interested?”
So, we said “Yes!” in faith. Faith that our building would be done in time. Faith that we could find the volunteers to help serve. Faith that people would come. Faith that we could manage all that we didn’t even know to expect. Faith that our space would be another link in furthering the good news of the Gospel. Here’s how our prayers were answered and our faith strengthened: We received 2,420 shoeboxes. Packed them into 134 cartons. Filled 3/4 of a 26′ truck and drove it to Alexandria. All of this with the help of 51 Restoration folks volunteering around 110 hours. There are numerous stories of people we met who are the whole reason we did all this in the first place. Pray for those folks who got to experience giving in this way and those who may have stepped foot in a church for the first time in a long time and those who are so young, yet seem to hear and know more than the grownups do. Thank you, Restoration, for participating and serving; for modeling for your children and family and friends what it is like to be part of a community that desires to see broken people, restored by grace, living God’s story.