Here in Australia, we are blessed with good fortune, and at Prince of Peace Lutheran College, we like to encourage our students to share that good fortune with those less fortunate.

Each year, our Junior Campus participates in Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child, an initiative that reaches out to children in poverty with a gift-filled shoebox and the Good News of Jesus Christ. For some of the children who receive a shoebox gift, it will be the first present they have ever been given.

Students are encouraged to fill a shoe box with items from each of the following categories: something to wear; something to play with; something for school; something to love; something special; and something for personal hygiene.

This year we have been overwhelmed with contributions from our community. On behalf of the College, two pallets of shoe boxes – each filled to the brim and colourfully wrapped – were delivered to Samaritan’s Purse by College bus driver Rod and volunteers from Year 6.

To see such tangible examples of our students developing the skills of empathy, the ability to reach out to people in need and the desire to respond to God’s call to serve others is truly a blessing.