In a manufacturing environment your attention is geared toward the mechanics of things — how things work, how things are built, etc. You immerse yourself in production details, instructions, quality assurance, and various other expectations to be met. You may often overlook the fact that the work we do can truly make a difference in the world. So it’s good for ‘makers’ to get an eye-opener, a chance to see the end result — where these books go once they are ‘out the door.’
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian International Relief Organization that goes to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering — providing food, medicine, and other assistance. Their mission is to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have twenty-one ministry projects all over the world, one of which is Operation Christmas Child (OCC).
Through Operation Christmas Child anyone can send a “shoebox” of wonderful gifts to a needy child anywhere in the world. Along with the shoebox full of toys and other items, the child receives The Greatest Gift, a colorful book (manufactured at WORZALLA!) that teaches the Gospel in the child’s native language.
Samaritan’s Purse also offers a teaching series called The Greatest Journey in 65 languages. WORZALLA has manufactured The Leader Guide and Student Guide books and the New Testament Bible for the series in nine languages to date — including English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Creole, Tagalog, Swahili, Portuguese, and Cebuano.
Samaritan’s Purse recently gave an opportunity of a lifetime to WORZALLA Customer Service Representative Sheila Jasenovsky. Sheila was invited to join them on an Operation Christmas Child Dominican Republic Vision Partner trip.
Sheila was part of a small group of volunteers who went to four distribution sites in the city of Puerto Plata, broke open cartons, sorted more than 500 shoeboxes by age and gender, and put into the hands of every grateful child a copy of The Greatest Gift.
“The shoebox gifts were a special treat for the children,” Sheila commented, “but it was eye-opening to see how it wasn’t the toys but the literature that has the biggest impact and will leave a lasting impression.”
“The most memorable part of my trip was having a young mother grab my arm as she prayed in Spanish. While I didn’t understand what she was saying, I did note that she said ‘Gracias’ at least twenty times in the two minutes she prayed over me. I knew what OCC was doing was a miracle for these children and their families,” Sheila stated. “The sense of pride is indescribable, knowing that books manufactured at WORZALLA are reaching these people.”
The take-away from such an extraordinary experience is seeing personally where our finished product ends up; how it is packaged, received in-country, organized, and distributed. There are some complicated skid builds involved with preparing to ship product for Samaritan’s Purse, and Sheila now has a clearer understanding of how the products work together, and how to pack the components to aid in distribution.
It’s always valuable to have an opportunity to learn more about our customers, their books, and the impact these books have on the world. Through our partnership with Samaritan’s Purse we at WORZALLA have been given a tiny, tiny role in the making of miracles.