Oak Grove Exceeds Expectations for Operation Christmas Child
Oak Grove demonstrated that a small country church can reach
amazing potential when allowing God’s challenges to permeate its congregation
and service area. More than 20 years
ago, Oak Grove began filling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and eventually
they reached 80 boxes, until recently.
In 2020 the LORD
issued a 300 box challenge to Pastor Rev. Bill Watkins and his congregation.
They trusted the LORD, followed His leading, and He gave the provisions for 400
boxes! God placed an anonymous donor in
Rev. Watkin's path who paid the shipping costs.
Then in 2021, the LORD led the church to another
increase to 543 boxes. Again, an anonymous donation was mailed to a church
member for the shipping costs.
Church members started this year's collection for shoeboxes as
2022 began. During the year, enough
items were collected to fill 600 boxes. However,Pastor Watkins says the LORD had other plans!
By word of mouth and with the help of friends and family, 947 boxes were
assembled. Oak Grove received gifts,
some anonymous, to pay the shipping costs again!
Oak Grove Baptist averages 40 in their Sunday Worship,
however, Rev. Watkins and his congregation are praising God’s goodness and
provision that makes them a testament to the old hymn, “Little is Much when God
is in it.”
By sharing this testimony of God’s goodness and provision,
Oak Grove Baptist Church prays to be an encouragement to churches large or
small to trust the LORD’s leading and claim Proverbs 19:17, Luke 6:38, and
Ephesians 3:20-21 while watching the LORD work in people’s lives.