Plymouth Brethren Christian Church break Operation Shoebox Record
Our involvement in the ‘shoeboxes to soldiers’ initiative goes back to 2010 when a group of students from one of our schools decided to pack a number of boxes including a personal note from each of them for the soldiers. They were rewarded for their efforts by receiving a very surprise visit from Major Tim Gurney, who came to their school especially to thank them.
This summer, in 2013, with the UK soldiers still in Afghanistan, and the recent horrific murder in London, we felt freshly drawn to make a massive effort to send a message of encouragement to our troops serving us out in Afghanistan.
Over 1100 Shoeboxes were packed with goodies by 40 volunteers from our Church during a 5 hour marathon event held at one of our Gospel Halls in Wiltshire on Friday 2nd August. Ian Whiteway, founder of Operation Shoebox UK confirmed that this is the largest number of boxes ever packed in one day! The boxes included a personal message from us as Christian friends and also a reply card whereby the recipient could claim a free Bible. The funds for this event were donated by more than 70 Plymouth Brethren churches across the country, and we were also able to make a donation of £1100 to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Miller, of ABF the Soldiers Charity.
We have donated the boxes to Operation Shoebox UK who will ensure these get delivered safely to our soldiers on the front line in the next few months. We are again looking forward to receiving feedback and messages from our troops out there, who are always much in our thoughts and prayers as they nobly carry out the orders of our Government.
We continue to beseech God in prayer for their blessing, preservation and safe return home to their loved ones.