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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 2:56 pm

Rev. Hoyle Green spoke about the Operation Christmas Child program at the Prayer Breakfast held Dec. 14 at the YMCA by the Christian Emphasis Committee.

Prior to becoming a minister at Sunbeam Baptist Church in Franklin, Green was a volunteer/staff member of Samaritan’s Purse.

After working with this organization for over 12 years he was selected to lead church teams to Bolivia in 2009. While on deployment there, he was involved in delivering Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to two schools.

Hoyle and his wife started working with Samaritan’s Purse after an F-5 tornado hit Oklahoma in May 1999. This storm produced the highest winds ever measured on Earth at plus 321 mph. “We were the very first volunteers in North America,” he said.

He recounted unbelievable conditions including a deputy finding what he thought was a doll baby that turned out to be a missing baby that had been ripped from the mother’s arms. “We would see miracles everywhere we went,” Green said.

He also talked about his trip to Bolivia, one of the poorest places in the world. When Jesus calls you then you have to go, Green pointed out, noting the extremely high level of poverty. It was so bad the volunteers wouldn’t even wear jewelry.

“These people have nothing. Absolutely nothing,” he said, noting that there is no indoor plumbing, the farms are a wasteland and people are starving for food.

He talked about the high crime rate in Bolivia where he went to build a church. “The land has nothing on it. Nothing. People live in clay huts without windows. It is very primitive conditions,” he said.

Green talked about a miracle he witnessed while delivering shoe boxes that involved a boy and a cup. The shoeboxes were taken to a school. Children only get one shoebox in their life.

On this day a little boy was waiting to eat. You had to have a cup to put the food in but the child didn’t have a cup. But God works miracles. The child received a cup in his shoebox. Green showed photos of the little boy with his cup. He was so happy. It was a very heart-warming story.

He recounted how each shoebox was prayed over by every child before they opened their gift. For them the shoebox is like Christmas. “Can you imagine only experiencing Christmas once in your lifetime?” he asked.

“I had more fun than they did but I cried a lot. You should have seen the expressions of the children’s faces when they opened their shoe boxes. It was priceless.”

Green said he has had many interesting experiences on this trips around the world.

Glenda Creath, the local area coordinator for the Samaritan’s Purse said that the boxes recently packaged locally have gone to many different places such as South Sudan, Malaui, and the Ukraine.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization.

It’s mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ, Green said.

He talked about the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), world medical missions, the Heart Project and the B.G. Rapid Response Team-Chaplains.

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