Operation Christmas Child

2019 - Serbia

Location: Southeastern Europe, between Macedonia and Hungary
Population: 7,078,110, with 14% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)

Thank you for bringing Good News and great joy to a child living in Serbia! Your shoebox gift was one of 21,830 sent to Serbia from the UK in 2019.

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.

Stories From Serbia

Southampton to Serbia

This sweet little girl was delighted to receive a shoebox gift from Lighthouse Community Church in Southampton.


School’s Shoebox Joy!

“We distributed a lot of shoeboxes and experienced many nice things. In a little village school the children sang and read poems for us. After patiently standing in line, each child received a shoebox and they all went to their class with their teachers. They let us see the children’s joy at opening the gifts. Some of those children live on the brink of poverty and this shoebox meant a lot to them. This event will always be a part of my life and the lives of our team members.”

– Local Ministry Partner


A Mother’s thank you

“My 6-year-old son got a Christmas box today at school and he was very excited about it. I would like to say thank you for making children all over the world happy and smiling. God bless you all!”

– A delighted mother in Serbia.


Matea’s Prayer

Matea received a shoebox gift at a local outreach event and began praying that all her friends at school would too. After three year’s God answered her prayers when the local Operation Christmas Child team reached her school. She was overjoyed that all the children in her class got to see the puppet show, hear about God’s love for them and receive shoebox gifts just as she had.


Refugees in Serbia

Several years ago at a Centre for Asylum Seekers, Operation Christmas Child ministry partners in Serbia were given special permission to distribute shoebox gifts to refugees. On arrival, they discovered that though the refugees were from Syria, all of the children there were Afghani and only spoke Farsi. The team leader spoke to the children and their families in Serbian, and was translated into Farsi. It was heartbreaking to see the pain, sorrow, grief, uncertainty, fear, and despair in their eyes, but it was also heart-warming to see the joy, happiness, and genuine thankfulness in the children’s eyes when we opened the big brown boxes containing the colorful presents for them. The children excitedly helped the team leader open the boxes.

At this point, the language barrier disappeared and all of a sudden we all spoke smiles, handshakes, hand gestures and tearful eyes. They patiently listened to what the team leader shared with them, learning about God’s love and the hope He has for them in the midst of their despair. One girl got a big shoebox, so heavy she couldn’t carry it by herself! A volunteer helped her open it and when she saw a toy owl, she beamed with joy!

A Glimpse Of The Joy Your Shoebox Gifts Bring

Our Local Partners

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 Serbia, 3 teams are working with 152 ministry partners (teams of volunteers in local churches) to make Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey possible each year!

Thank You

Thank you so much for packing a shoebox gift and sending love and hope to a child in need. Your generosity makes such a difference!