This year, however, is different. Every Christmas, Mission Without Borders (MWB) runs Operation Christmas Love, delivering food parcels to families and elderly people living in poverty throughout eastern Europe. The boxes are filled with food necessities and also special treats such as chocolate. MWB also includes Christian literature that shares the real meaning of Christmas – and the significance of God's gift of his Son Jesus.
"Mommy, Mommy, come and see what Uncle Emil has brought to us!" Adriana's children shouted excitedly, jumping up and down.
MWB's family worker in Krupnik, Emil Metodiev, had arrived at the family's door with Operation Christmas Love boxes – and the children couldn't wait to see what was inside.
Emil said, "Over the years, I have seen many people living in poverty, but I have never met people living in such poverty as Ivan and Adriana.
"When we took the food boxes to them, the children's eyes looked at us with such anticipation and excitement. Their faces shone with so much joy as they opened the box and saw all the goodies.”
Adriana said, "Thank you, dear people, thank you – because, for the first time, someone has come to my house and given us something for Christmas. Thank you because I can feed my children, thank you that at least over the Christmas period, I can be calm and don't have to worry about tomorrow. Thank you because I see that good still exists."
Emil added, "The Operation Christmas Love campaign brought warmth and peace to Adriana's family this holiday season.
"But the greatest gift of all is that, once again, thanks to our donors, we are reaching the hearts of more people, showing them the love and care of our Heavenly Father."
With your help, we can reach more families in eastern Europe this Christmas. Will you join us? To find out more about Operation Christmas Love click here.