In Banja Luka, in December, after weeks of practicing, running around getting everything organised, it was time to do “Cika Jovan i najbolji poklon” (Uncle John and the Greatest Gift) for our shoebox package distribution.

I wrote the story (with the help of some friends!) and it is about how Uncle John invites all the (naughty) children to come to his place and then tells them the story of Christmas (and that the greatest gift is actually Jesus!) through pictures… there is a bit of “magic” involved and it is pretty cute. You can watch it  on youtube (push the CC button for English subtitles).

Here you can also see the narrator, who tells a lot of the story…

After the plays, we sang a couple of Christmas carols (translated)…

And the most important part of the program is at the end… the Samaritan’s Purse shoebox packages!!!

Then it is rinse and repeat… we can fit about 60-70 children in the church I work with and so to do the over 400 packages, we need to do quite a few plays and distributions. Also because we have such a lot of distributions, we have two groups of kid actors… here are the second group, and both groups did a FANTASTIC job… They are all kids we have worked with for years and it is so fun to see how God is using them now to reach other kids. We were so proud of them!!

And both groups loved singing carols with me 🙂

Some happy customers…

As you can see, we had a lot of fun with our Christmas play and handing out of shoebox packages… Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces makes it all worthwhile!!

Belinda Chaplin
YWAM Banja Luka
Bosnia Herzegovina