OCC: Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. The goal is to send small Christmas gifts and the gospel to children in third world countries. Winn’s Baptist Church participates by working all year to gather items for the boxes. In November, we host our annual shoebox party where we assemble the boxes and prepare them to be shipped to a collection center.
Operation Christmas Child
How Can You Help?
We collect items for OCC ALL YEAR! Here is the list of monthy items. Please bring your donations to the bin located in the church foyer.
Monthly Items Needed
Plastic Cups or Bowls
(no plates please)
Small Stuffed Animal
Shoebox Packing Party!
YOUR support of OCC is making a HUGE difference in a child “somewhere”; THANK YOU!!
Check out some pics from our annual Shoebox Packing Party!
In addition to ongoing support of Southern Baptist Cooperative mission efforts, as church we support ongoing work in India and Nicaragua. We not only make financial provision for the locals who serve throughout the year but we send groups occasionally to participate hands on.
Papua New Guinea
In 2018, Winn's Baptist Church adopted the DeCuir family to support in their mission work in Papua New Guinea. Information detailing their mission and focus is below.
Original Vision: Our long term goal is to plant a church and translate the bible for a remote, tribal people group in Papua New Guinea, where 840 living languages are currently spoken. Many of these people live out in remote areas of the jungle and mountains, worshipping dead ancestors and the spirits of trees, rocks, clouds and animals. When a few people groups were introduced to the gospel early on, the tribes around them noticed a change and wanted to know why they were so different. “Why don’t they want to kill anymore? Why did they stop doing their sorcery? Don’t they fear the spirits?” When they found out that the first tribe had the Word of the living God, they wanted to know about Him too. They started to send letters like this one to the missionary headquarters:
“What’s going on? Where is our help? Have you forgot about us? We of Sinou have not forgot about wanting a missionary, we carry a huge heavy constantly about this. We carry this heavy cause we fear for our lives. We know that the Bible says you should come and tell us. Us dark ones need it… how will we go to God’s place if not? Only those who know will go, how will we know if no one teaches us? That is the whole of my worry, we want a missionary now to give us God’s talk.”
Current Status: The DeCuir family began serving in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in August 2018, completing culture and language studies in preparation for an assignment to a specific people/language group. They returned to the states in late 2019 for what was expected to be a brief medical furlough to have a baby (Mercy) but were unable to return to the field due to the coronavirus pandemic and various health issues.
Drew and Leasa are now working with Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes Mission) in College Station, Texas, to stay active and engaged in world missions while they await God’s direction on a return to PNG. Through studies like Xplore, they have been able to help college students and young adults start to see the big picture of God's plan to save people from every tribe, tongue and nation.
While their mission field has changed, the DeCuirs are still committed to reaching the unreached and bringing glory to His name. They invite you to continue to invest in the kingdom by supporting their ministry.