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Shoe box recipient shares impact of gift

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Alex Nsengimana, national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, will share his testimony at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville on July 23 at 6:25 pm. Anyone interested in Operation Christmas Child or the long lasting impact of these gifts are invited and welcome to attend. A project of international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child hand-delivers shoe box gifts filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and necessity items to suffering children across the globe.

Growing up in the throes of an unstable Rwandan government, Alex Nsengimana experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation’s genocide. After his mother died of HIV/AIDS while he was still very young, Alex, his brother and sister went to live with their grandmother and their uncle. At the height of tribal unrest in 1994, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers. With nowhere to go and 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 a college graduate, Alex lives in North Carolina and serves with Operation Christmas Child paying forward the hope and love he received through a shoebox gift as a young boy.

In March 2013, Alex was able to return to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child and hand-deliver shoe box gifts to the children in the orphanage where he received his own shoe box gift many years ago. He also had the opportunity to visit his uncle’s killer in a local prison and offer him forgiveness. The tearful man received Alex with open arms. Alex was able to share God’s love and pray with him. Alex dreams to return to Rwanda soon and start a church in his hometown, bring reconciliation to his people, and share the love of God that has drastically impacted his life.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Christian international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, has distributed more than 100 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries. For more information about Operation Christmas child, call 704-583-1463 or visit National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24, 2014; however, shoe box gifts can be sent year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 6:25 p.m.

WHERE: First Presbyterian Church

699 North Grove Street

Hendersonville, NC 28792

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