Operation Christmas Child


Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering Croatia
Population: 3,849,891, with 13% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)

Thank you for bringing Good News and great joy to a child living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your shoebox gift was one of 15,908 sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina from the UK this season.

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 Our Local Partners in Bosnia & Herzegovina

A Dream Come True

“One little girl from the Roma village of Živinice dreamt of having fancy clothes and bags. Her mother told us that she had asked for a pink bag a few times, but that they did not have money to buy one. When she received a shoebox gift and opened it, there was a big surprise inside…a pink bag! The little girl was delighted and it was a great opportunity to start talking to her and her parents more.”

The Perfect Gift

“During a shoebox distribution in Kakanj one child came up to us and told us he had lost his favourite gloves and that he was sad because he needed them. When we finished praying for the shoeboxes we told the kids how the gifts came to us. We also told them that God knows what they need. When the kids opened their gifts the same little boy came over to us again, all happy and said ‘How is it possible for me to receive the same gloves in the same colour and the same size? I’m so happy. Thank you God!'”

Tears Of Joy!

“We distributed shoeboxes over two days on three different occasions for 120 children each and their parents. It was a great delight to see the joy on the children’s faces when they received their shoeboxes. For us as a church, we were particularly pleased for the opportunity to share the Gospel with local children in a child friendly way.  As a result of the outreach event, some children from the neighbourhood have started coming to our children’s programme on Sundays. 


It was also a great joy for us to distribute shoeboxes to children at the Ušivak migration camp and the House of All migration house. These kids do not have a lot of toys or stuff and many of them had tears of joy in their eyes as they received the gifts packed for them.”

One Of Our Earliest Distributions In Bosnia (1995)

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina three teams are working with 22 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!