Monday, September 28, 2015


Since earlier this year, one of my new hats is as part of the national team for Samaritan's Purse "Operation Christmas Child". We have a great team and it is great working together on bringing these shoe box packages to the children of Bosnia. Every year the local partners work to hand out between 50-70 000 packages in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the national team works to coordinate all of this - all on a voluntary basis.

This past weekend they held a conference for national and regional teams from 5 countries (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina) in Serbia. It was a chance to network with teams from other countries, and learn more about Samaritan's Purse's vision and how to put together a good distribution of packages. Each team also had a chance to work out their own strategies, and make plans for the next few months as well.
The weekend was at an Ethnic Village in northeastern Serbia, right on the river Drina. It was a lovely place to spend time, and we even went on a carriage ride the one afternoon... very fun! I love being a part of this project as it brings so much joy to children - and even though we are all working as volunteers, it is great to be treated to these kind of fun weekends where we can exchange experiences and know that we are part of something bigger than just what is going on in our country.


Victor said...

So confused how that small group of people can work to get 50-70,000 packages sent. That's amazing!

Belinda Chaplin said...

So, there are 7 of us on the national team, but there are around 15-20 partner organisations/churches who do the actual distribution. Our job is to mobilise and help them...But even that is small: We found out at the nConnect that the Bulgarians have 200 partners and they hand out LESS packages... they were amazed that we were able to do it with so few :)

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