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Dear Church Board,
I would like our church to consider not doing Operation Christmas Child. Franklin Graham made $636,451 from Samaritan's Purse, and hundreds of thousands from BGEA, and he is one of President Trump's most vocal defenders, and the shoeboxes are not effective.
Also 2 of Board of Directors of Samaritan's Purse are his children.
- Jane Cissie Lynch, Ministry Spokesperson and Special Projects Producer, Samaritan’s Purse.
$48,617 (+ BGEA $?)
- Roy Graham, Director of Donor Relations, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Also paid by dad.
His son Will also works for him as Vice President, BGEA. Last disclosure was $98,698 in 2014.

"the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
exists to support and extend the evangelistic calling and ministry of Franklin Graham"

4th child Edward (Army) seems not to be paid by dad.
On Operation Christmas Child:

Quotes in thread below from:


"Except in response to emergencies, this form of charity suppresses local markets, creates feelings of dependency, and does not address systemic problems or empower local leadership."
"Because each box is filled by individual donors, there inevitably will be inequitable loot among the kids opening them …
Moreover, it leaves those selling gifts and other products in their own country undercut by the freebies showing up."
"imagine how parents feel watching their children open these boxes …
children [sending the boxes] certainly learn a lesson through these giveaway programs, but it’s the wrong one …
it’s a … 'solution' that does nothing to expose the underlying conditions behind the need."
"Americans can do the most good when they give to organizations that do development work in specific places and respond to the need that will bring long-term change."
"The Bible instructs Christians not only to be generous, but also to be smart. For anyone who values effective charity and wants to see their generosity make the biggest impact, sending shoeboxes of little gifts is just not smart."
Quotes above from: "Filling millions of shoe boxes of toys for poor kids seems like a great idea. Here’s why it’s not."
Brian M. Howell
Washington Post
December 20, 2017
On nepotism: Family businesses have been standard practice throughout human history. The family farm or trade was passed down. But if you run a nonprofit or are in government, you have a heightened moral obligation to demonstrate frugal stewardship for the cause over your family.
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