A teenage girl, Evilyn Pinnow, has helped give 10,000 shoeboxes full of gifts to children in need.
Evilyn, 19, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin first discovered her love for impoverished children when she was just 6-years-old. She said that she felt God leading her to pray for them. Little did she know that that moment was the start of something that would have a great impact on those children.
When she was just eight, a Sunday School teacher gave Evilyn a brochure about Operation Christmas Child. Knowing that it was the fulfillment of His prayers years ago, she formed the Shoe Box Club. The club helped packing shoeboxes throughout the year for children in need of Christmas gifts.
Evilyn and other club members pack toys, school supplies, and hygiene items in shoeboxes, each with a handwritten note. The note shares about the love of Jesus and the Good News of Christ with children worldwide.
“My wildest dream for the shoebox club was that we’d maybe pack 100 shoe boxes each year but look what God has done,” Evilyn said. “We’re now celebrating the 10,000th shoe box packed by the shoebox club.”
Evilyn is now a 19-year-old college student and still continues her mission to bring joy to children across the globe.
“It had very little to do with me and a lot more to do with God’s blessing and the amazing church family that we have,” she added.
100 Millionth shoebox
As the ambassador for Operation Christmas Child, Evilyn was chosen to personally give the 100 millionth shoebox to a girl named Brenda. The 5-year-old girl from the Dominican Republic was abandoned by her mother as a baby and left to die.
“Hi. My name is Evilyn and I’m 12-years-old,” Evilyn wrote on the note with the shoe box. “I know we live far apart, but will you be my friend? I hope you enjoy the gifts, and that you understand the true meaning of gift-giving—Jesus, the ultimate gift. Know that I love you and that God loves you. He sings and dances over you. He and his angels rejoice over your every move. I wish you well as you journey through life. Love, Evilyn.”
Evilyn has answered the call of God at a young age. She is making a huge impact on families worldwide. Not just that, she’s spreading the joy of Christ! Evilyn is truly a reflection of the love of God!
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Reference: Fox News