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Mariya Snizhko

Shoebox gift recipient to speak

The Unity Foundation will feature a past recipient of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at its monthly Faith @ Work Lunch. The lunch is set for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Broadway Ballroom. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Mariya Snizhko, the speaker at this month's event, was born in Ukraine and raised by Christian parents, the foundation said in a news release. When the Soviet Union fell, Ukraine was in dire financial instability. Even though her parents worked very hard, they rarely got paid. The family of eight lived in a one-room apartment with only the bare necessities.

In 2002, Snizhko received the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. Her favorite items were colored pencils, markers and crayons, which fueled her creativity and her enthusiasm for art. The gift strengthened her faith and trust in God because when her family least expected it, the gift came to them filled with items that they needed, the news release said.

"It was a tangible experience of watching God care and provide for His children," the foundation said.

Snizhko and her family moved to the United States when she was 12. Three years later, her youth leader brought empty Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for her youth group to pack. She recognized the box and has been packing shoeboxes since. Snizhko will share her testimony of how God used a shoebox gift to strengthen her faith.

Pastors share stories

Two Minneapolis pastors will share their stories at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at House of Prayer, 3020 Rosewood Lane SE in Alexandria.

David Johnson worked for Minnesota Teen Challenge and recently began Lost Sheep Ministries.

"The dream in David's heart is to rescue the lost and broken hearted," the church said in a news release. "Each day he is used to minister to people, providing resources, encouragement and grace to those who need rescuing, pointing them to the only One who can truly rescue the lost and dying—Jesus."

Mike Neal ministers to those in jail and prison.

"Mike has an amazing testimony," the church said. "God has gifted and anointed him with grace and favor to reach the hurting and broken."

Lunch will be served after the service.

Turkey supper

Villard United Methodist Church will host its Annual Turkey Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on

Thursday, Oct. 19 at 540 Lincoln Avenue, Villard. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under and free for children age 5 and under.

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