After his mother died while he was young, Alex went to live with his grandmother and uncle. At the height of tribal unrest in 1994, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers.
Fleeing for his life, Alex escaped gunmen when he fell and they took him for dead. He fled and stumbled onto the steps of an orphanage that would serve as his home for the next several years.
Alex received a shoe box from Operation Christmas Child one year after arriving at the orphanage and remembers being so excited to have a gift to call his own. Alex was selected to join the African Children’s Choir and traveled to Uganda to train and began touring in the U.S. Now Alex lives in Minnesota and will finish seminary this spring.
Atlanta volunteers of Operation Christmas Child invite you to hear Alex’s story and meet him on Saturday, October 12, 2013, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Atlanta, 4400 North Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30338
During National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25, shoebox gifts can be dropped off at First Baptist Church Atlanta, one of many Atlanta-area locations, as the first stop on a journey around the world. The boxes are then processed, prepared and delivered to hurting children overseas using whatever means necessary—boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham, has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts since 1993. Through simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013, with 1 million coming from Atlanta.