This morning we went to Bronzdani Majdan - a village about 1/2 an hour from Banja Luka - to take the Samaritan's Purse Christmas packages to the children in the schools there. For those that don't know - through the Samaritan's Purse organisation, people in England package presents for their "friends" here in Bosnia in shoeboxes (so they are also known as "shoebox packages") and we distribute about 10 000 in and around Banja Luka. Each child is also given the opportunity to take the picture book "Best present in the world" which talks about the real meaning of Christmas!
Here we are with a group of first graders at the "big" central school:
Handing out to the sixth graders (the eldest children that get the packages - there just isn't enough to go around...) again at the central school - the smaller schools only go up to fifth grade.
And this is Ljilja with 3 of the girls at one of the smaller one room schools, with Jelena, who is showing what she got in her really nice package: It is such a blessing to be able to see the joy on the faces on the children!!