The Christmas Gift event is both a means and an end to our system to combat spiritual and economic poverty. It is the ability to draw thousands to a central place of service that allows us to connect our guests on a large and efficient scale to our advocate partners that can help them escape poverty.
The Community Partners are an important source and means to provide guests to the Christmas Gift event, while at the same time strengthening the standing and impact of the community partners in their respective sphere of influence. This is especially true in areas where churches are struggling for relevancy and impact. Strengthening the ministry of those churches is integral to our ministry in the community.
From those that have been identified by our community partners and invited to the Christmas Gift event, we will identify potential candidates for enrollment in The Jabez Center. Imagine the Christmas Gift event as a large net that gathers many potential candidates. From that pool, appropriate candidates will be identified and then extended invitations to enroll in our development program. The invite happens in concert with our advocate partners. Our partnership model is a client centric approach to address all of their challenges in a one stop shop. ie housing, daycare, transportation, and education
As we graduate these candidates from The Jabez Center, they will in turn impact their community through the jobs they create or the jobs they obtain, and they will strengthen our Community Partners, especially the body of Christ, the church.
Annual Christmas Gift for the Homeless and Impoverished
Since 2001, Operation Care International has held the “Christmas Gift for the Homeless” celebration to share the Spirit of Christ each December, serving tens of thousands in need with more than 3,000 caring volunteers in partnership with over 300 ministries, churches, businesses and donors.
Services and Goods that are provided include:
- Evangelism, Prayer and giving out Bibles
- Socks, Shoes and Foot Washing
- Medical, Vision and Dental
- Free Phone Calls
- Family Reunification
- Haircuts and Makeovers
- Toys and Books
- Coats, Blankets and Sleeping Bags
Christmas Vision 2020
In 2012, God gave Susie Jennings, founder and President of Operation Care International, a vision to replicate the very successful Christmas Gift event. Each year Operation Care hosts the nation’s largest birthday party for Jesus serving the homeless and impoverished men, women, and children of the Dallas Metroplex, and expand its message of hope, life transformation, and the experience of Jesus’s love to all 50 states and scores of countries.
The Jabez Center
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying ‘Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ So God granted him what he requested.”
New International Version
Inspired by the prayer of Jabez, Operation Care International plans to develop a center to help the impoverished expand their territory and to experience God’s hand upon their lives.
This center will be focused on developing career expertise that will have
the capacity to yield annual earnings exceeding $50,000 (the amount a single parent with two children needs to earn to truly escape poverty).
Our focus will be on three specific tracks of development: Restaurant Leadership, Retail Leadership, and Entrepreneurship.
We will adopt a client centric approach to address all the barriers to success for our students. We believe key to the success of this project will be the collaborative formation of partnerships with organizations to meet the needs of our participants with special focus on housing, childcare and transportation along with the educational needs noted.