Since that first time in 2014, Cristo es el Camino has been receiving shoeboxes―a major reason being that Pastor Carlos has made sure he fulfills all of the requirements for the program. A Spanish tract with the plan of salvation is included in each box. The distributing church must send a leader or teacher from the church to the home of every child who received a box. They must speak with the family and try to introduce them to the reality of what Jesus Christ did for them. The family of the child must also agree to allow their child to attend the twelve weeks of training classes on Christian discipleship at the participating church. This is an amazing program, with great results—one that reaches around the world!
Due to Covid-19, Pastor Carlos’ wife Janet, daughter Paolo, and the rest of their willing leaders and workers divided the ‘festivals’ (parties) of food, fun, and the distribution of boxes to five different churches/missions, including Valle del Cabo and Tierra y Libertad, which had to host two festivals in the same day to include all of the children (with Covid-19 spacing). Janet said there were 80 children between the two fiestas at Tierra y Libertad, 60 in attendance between the two fiestas at Valle del Cabo, as well as the festivities at Lomas del Sol, Caribe and Fuentes de Bella Vista. Due to the number of boxes that were shipped to us, tickets had to be distributed to parents and grandparents at the 6:00 services the Sunday before for their children and/or grandchildren. In the end, the crowd was huge and many lives were and will continue to be touched.
Our church family at Cristo es el Camino never ceases to amaze Richard and me at how fast and efficient they can set up a successful outreach, celebration, or ‘crusade;’ and we’ve been watching them now for eleven years! This year’s Operation Christmas Child, during Covid-19, was no exception. It was another example of their teamwork, willingness, and flexibility—due to their love for the Lord and each other.