Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Belarus!
Your shoebox gift was one of 66,837 sent to Belarus. 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.
Location: Eastern Europe, east of Poland
Population: 9,527,543, with 16% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)
“Life can be tough when your living conditions are poor, but little Jana has an energy and enthusiasm for life that is contagious. She loved her shoebox gift and proudly showed off her favourite item, a large hairbrush. She jumped around excitedly in her new hat, as she explored every item in her shoebox gift.”
NATASHA RECEIVED HER SHOEBOX IN AN ORPHANAGE IN BELARUS AT THE AGE OF 9:
“It wasn’t just my first Christmas gift—it was my first gift ever. When I held it, there was joy and love in my heart such that I never felt before. I knew there were people out there who cared for me. I was not alone… As my whole class was running around seeing what everyone else got, I just stood in one place in amazement. I couldn’t believe what was going on and what I was seeing in my box… There was a doll, a colouring book, crayons, and hair clips. It took me a minute to let it all sink in. Because of my shoebox gift, I knew that the world wasn’t over yet. There was more to life than what I’d experienced. We were not forgotten. We were still loved.”
A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CHILDREN WHO RECEIVED SHOEBOX GIFTS.
These children live in Moldova but represent children everywhere, including Belarus who were given a box from the UK.
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 Belarus 7 teams are working with 480 ministry partners (teams of volunteers in local churches) to make Operation Christmas Child possible each year!