GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Your shoebox gift was one of 29,097 that has been delivered to children in BOSNIA. 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 stories and photos below.
POPULATION: 4.6m, 14% under the age of 15.
ECONOMY: The global economic crisis has spread quickly in Bosnia over recent months, reversing some of the effects of strong growth of previous years and putting at risk macro economic stability and some important economic reforms.
CURRENT ISSUES: High unemployment and little new investment in the country have left more than 25% of the population in poverty. This has particularly affected Bosnia’s young people who find it difficult to find jobs and are disillusioned. Crime and addiction among the young is also a problem.
When Adnan’s parents divorced he was sent to live with his grandmother who lives in a tiny one room apartment. She is not in employment and their lives are tough. Adnan is a very talented footballer and he has dreamt of having his own ball for a long time. Words cannot express the joy when Adnan opened his Christmas shoebox and saw a football. He inflated the ball, ran outside and played with it for hours.
Bojan lives with his mother and sister. They are a close family but struggle financially. Bojan loves animals. One day our local ministry partners visited the family with OCC shoeboxes and that day just so happened to be Bojan’s birthday. He was very pleased when he saw a box wrapped in nice red glossy paper. When he opened it he could not believe his eyes. At the top of the box there were farm animal figures! He was speechless for a moment then said ‘look, I got what I wanted the most!’ His mother smiled at him and said ‘Well, Bojan, I told you that dreams come true. God always finds a way!’ The family appreciate so much this sign of God’s love and wanted to thank everyone involved.
Shoebox Joy in Bosnia!
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 Bosnia 4 teams are working with 35 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 100 children in Bosnia 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.