By: Tim Lopez
Most likely we have all ordered something from a catalog, direct mail, or an online source at some point or another. From the time that we select the item(s) that we have set our desire on, until the moment that it arrives, the anticipation drives us crazy. We check our email to see if we’ve gotten a message saying our order has shipped. When we find that it has shipped, we spend time tracking the shipment to see exactly where it is and can seek to find out the exact moment and location where it has been delivered.
When the box reaches our hands, we are overjoyed and excited about the contents that we have selected. Plans are made to wear or display what we’ve ordered, and most likely this new item quickly gets “love” from our use. But time passes and eventually we forget about the item that we once “loved” and throw it in a box to donate or put it out in the trash.
It’s amazing how the delivery of a box in a different country can have such similar but more significant meaning. You see, here at International Aid we ship medical equipment and health products to our partners who are serving in areas of need all around the world. Their need is much different than our self-desired needs. They don’t have the luxury of selecting things in certain colors or sizes. In fact if they were to check almost all of it wouldn’t be available in their areas. To many people, the products that are shipped are life-changing, if not life-saving.
Praise God for our amazing partners. They are able to recognize the needs of the people in the areas of which they are serving. And just as we would order clothes or household items over the phone or online, our partners reach out to us to place their orders. These are orders that can only be filled by the compassion and generosity of so many. From the product donations of businesses and manufacturers, to the monetary donations from our faithful donors…so much is behind each and every box that we ship. Big or small orders, God moves just as powerfully in each order that is sent. Bolstered with prayers and support from wonderful people like you.
Sometimes it takes weeks, a month, or many months for these shipments to arrive at their final destination, but when they do…God’s Love is shown through the distribution of products and the use of the equipment.
You see, unlike the clothes and items we order in our boxes, the contents of these boxes will impact lives for years to come. God’s Love will bring hope and healing to those in need regardless of how big or small the box is. Who says you can’t put God’s Love in a box? We’ve been doing it for 35 years and Christ is being glorified in the process. This past year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) we shipped God’s Love in a box through 532 shipments to 151 partners serving in 64 different countries.
Together, we can do amazing things to reach the world for Christ!