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Thank you for bringing Good News and Great Joy to a child living in Bosnia!


Your shoebox gift was one of 29,467 sent to 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 photos and stories below. 

  • In 1993, the first ever Operation Christmas Child gifts from Samaritan’s Purse were distributed to Bosnia
  • Bosnia has a population of 3.9 million, with 13% under the age of 15



“The most encouraging thing was that in our church all of our teenagers were involved in distributing packages. They performed an allegorical play 13 times to more than 1500 kids from across the city. We were impressed by their service, especially because many of these teenagers have received shoeboxes in the past. One boy invited the whole of his class (aged about 13), none of whom had been into church before.”


“One child really humbled me on the day she received her shoebox gift. When she opened it, she took out a big bag of Haribo sweets. She opened the packet, which contained tubes of fruit gums, and proceeded to give every single packet of sweets away to the people who were there. I sat amazed, very moved and humbled by what I saw. To have so little, then to receive a gift like this, and, without a second thought give what you have received away. I learn so much from these children!”


Every shoebox gift matters! Watch this very special message—to you—from shoebox recipients around the world.

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 32 ministry partners (teams of volunteers in local churches) to make Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey possible each year!



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 255 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.

 THANK YOU for sharing Good News and Great Joy with children around the world!


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