Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Albania!
Your shoebox gift was one of 42,192 sent to Albania. We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began distributions. While we are not able to provide pictures or information on the specific child who received your individual shoebox, we hope you will be inspired by the photos and stories below.
- Albania is currently one of the poorest countries in Europe
- It has a population of 3 million, with 18% under the age of 15
OUR LOCAL PARTNERS SAY:
“God is using the Operation Christmas Child project in a wonderful way in our country. We want to give God the glory.”
They shared a story about a mother who works hard at a shoe factory to support her two children and her husband who is paralysed. They explained that the family’s need for food and necessities was great, but that she was determined to make the sacrifice and reward her children for all their help by getting them a Christmas present. On her way to the shop she met someone who told her about an Operation Christmas Child event that was taking place at a local church. She eagerly attended with her children and one of their cousins. They were all overjoyed to receive their shoebox gifts and to explore their brand new treasures inside.
After experiencing the unconditional love of the local church, the family has started to attend its weekly services. Sadly, their cousin lost his father in an accident soon after the outreach event. He says it has been a great comfort to hear God’s message every week and to know that he is loved so much by the heavenly Father. His mother shared that in the circumstances they live in, church and the children’s groups are ‘like heaven’ for the children. She said, “They feel so loved at the church and come home excited to share everything they learn with us.”
3 YEAR OLD ALBIE EXPLORES HIS SHOEBOX GIFT IN HOSPITAL:
National Leadership Teams
Operation Christmas Child invests in building National Leadership Teams made up of trained local volunteers and staff within over 100 countries. These teams then work alongside many Regional Leadership teams who in turn train local church leaders and teachers. In Albania 5 teams are working with 80 ministry partners (teams of volunteers in local churches) to make Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey possible each year!
THE GREATEST JOURNEY
Each shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. But a shoebox is just the beginning. After receiving a shoebox gift, children have the opportunity to enrol in The Greatest Journey – 12 fun and interactive Bible lessons, where they get the chance to discover who Jesus is and how to begin their own journey of faith. At the end of the course they get to experience a graduation ceremony where they receive a New Testament in their own language.
The Greatest Journey is taught by local volunteers who have been trained to deliver the programme. It is offered free of charge, without obligation and with the consent of the child’s parent or guardian. Over 10,790 children in Albania have enrolled in this programme since it started.
You can be a part of helping us “go and make disciples of all nations” as Jesus commanded. Sign up for a monthly gift of £5, and each year you will give 12 children study materials, a New Testament, and the opportunity to share their faith with family and friends.
THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!