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11/9/08-JACKSONVILLE

Operation Christmas Child Recipient Tells Story

Speaking at Fellowship Bible Church Sunday morning 18 year old Oksana Nelson tells the story of another life ... in a Russian orphanage.

"It was very dull, very dark. It seemed like there was no life in there," said Oksana.

Bbland starchy meals, old hand-me down clothes and nothing to call her own. One day, when Oksana was eight, American missionaries came to the orphanage. They played games, sang songs, and delivered something very special ... a gift for everyone.

"I remember we were all in this big room we all got our box and we just sat down. We were just so excited," said Oksana. "We opened the lid and we started sharing everything and then we finally realized it was our own and we didn't have to share. That was a huge blessing. I'll never forget that day. What was really special was the picture. There were two pictures of the kids that packed it. That was extremely special because those were people that cared about someone like me. They didn't know me, I didn't know them, but they cared."

About a year later Oksana was adopted by an American family. She grew up with 4 siblings and her parents in Weatherford, Texas.  A few years ago her church was collecting shoe box gifts for "Operation Christmas Child" and she decided to get involved. 

"Finally, the story that I kept in my heart all this whole time I remembered. And I thought, 'you know, I'd like to share it with people'," said Oksana. 

Her message is clear: it just takes one.

"One box equals one child equals one soul. Every time I speak, I believe it affects more kids," said Oksana.

Children around the world, like her, touched by the power of a simple gift.

Last year over 7 million shoe boxes were delivered in over 100 countries. If you would like to be a send a box you still have time. National collection week is November 17-24th. For drop off locations or to mail the box call 1 800 353 5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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