Children waving about to receive shoebox gifts

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


Your shoebox gift was one of 41,378 sent to Bulgaria. 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: Southeastern Europe, between Romania and Turkey

Population: 7,057,504, with 15% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)



“Peter, aged 6, loves Maths. When he received a shoebox gift at his primary school in Dobrich, he was delighted to find the calculator he had been dreaming of.”


“The day following our distribution, the children from 1V class went to their teacher and told her that the boxes contained items they really needed. We were very happy. The children had no knowledge of what Christmas was all about. We were happy that we could share with them the good news and the truth.”


“In the village of Konevetz, there are many poor families. We were able to go there and the children welcomed us with great joy and excitement. Four of the children started crying when we gave them gifts. Later people from the church there explained to us that the children come from a family of an alcoholic father and a mother who has to work very hard to make ends meet. The children had never received a gift before. Now they attend the church together with their mother and they pray that the father will start coming with them as well.”


“In the town of Byala, the children were very happy when we gave them the gifts because they come from very poor families and no one had ever given them a gift before. When the parents saw the happiness in their children’s eyes they asked us to come to church and see what it is all about. Ever since then they started attending our church regularly together with their children. Thank you so much!”




These children live in Moldova but represent children everywhere, including Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria 3 teams are working with 133 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 8,180 children in Bulgaria 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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