Operation Christmas Child recipient speaks at Johnston Chapel

As part of the national kickoff for Operation Christmas Child, former recipient Alex Nsengimana spoke to the folks at Johnston Chapel Baptist Church recently about what a difference receiving a simple shoebox made in his life. He grew up in the midst of an unstable Rwandan government and has experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation’s genocide. At the height of tribal unrest, the genocide claimed the life of his caregivers. Nsengimana had to flee for his life from gunmen and eventually ended up in an orphanage where he lived one year before he received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. He says he was so excited to have a gift that he could call his very own. This shoebox sowed the seeds of hope and love that Nsengimana desperately needed. Now Nsengimana serves with Operation Christmas Child paying forward the hope and love he received through a shoebox. His story is an amazing story of redemption and forgiveness. Shoeboxes will be collected locally at Johnston Chapel in Princeton and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield until Nov. 22.