Former Russian orphan will tell Evansville audiences how donated 'shoeboxes' can change lives | Community Spirit
An orphan in Russia whose spirit was renewed by the generosity of people she'd never met will share her story later this month.
Oksana Nelson will be speaking at 6:00 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 21st at First Baptist Church, 320 Cherry St., Evansville, and again at 10:00 a.m. on Sun. Sept.22 at Wadesville General Baptist Church, 4262 Princeton St., Wasdesville. Both events are free.
Oksana received a "shoebox gift" while living in a Russian orphanage. The following year she was adopted by an American family.
The first year her church packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, Oksana told her pastor she was once a recipient. That launched the beginning of her speaking engagements. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple gift-‐filled shoeboxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten.
Nelson will tell attendees how a simple donation of money or time can make a big difference to children around the world.
In 2013, Operation Christmas Child will reach more than nine million children.
Nelson currently lives in Nashville, TN where she is studying to get her masters in accounting.