Over the last five years, webnet has been developing a partnership with a small group of churches from the Baptist Union of Albania.
In 2019, in its fifth year, a small group from webnet churches collected and helped deliver shoeboxes full of Christmas presents there. This is something the Albanian Baptist Union has suggested as one way we can help them reach out to the communities they are in contact with. We are putting the tools of compassion into the hands of local churches!
Thank you – we had a total of just over 3,000 shoeboxes which were then distributed to children in Albania. The team even managed to go to several new places last year and saw the contrast between the rich and poor; they really felt God calling them to continue this work in Albania.
Here is a little video of the bags ready for distribution:
Pictures from handing out the 2020 WEBags can be download here:
Do keep an eye on the WEBox Project page on Facebook for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/weboxproject/videos/?ref=page_internal
The events of the past year in Albania, with the earthquake at the end of 2019, and now Covid-19, mean that this year there is even more of a need for the WEBoxes. In reality though, there are limitations and restrictions, due to Covid-19, that make running the project in the usual way unfeasible.
This gives us an opportunity to explore a different way of running the project, and we are inviting you to be part of this new opportunity!
For 2020, instead of buying the items in the UK, packing and transporting them across Europe, we will be buying the gifts in Albania and giving them to the children in gift bags. This should not only minimise Covid-19 contact points, but will also be more environmentally friendly and invests in the Albanian economy.
So, how will it work? We are suggesting that a WEBag of gifts will probably cost between £12-£15 and so individuals, as well as churches and schools or any community group here, can gift money towards one or more bags. Additionally, to maintain the personal connection, there will be the opportunity for people to send in messages electronically, which we can then print and put into the bags.
You can do this by clicking on this link:
This is great for those of you that can Gift Aid, there is a small charge which you are informed about on the page.
If you would prefer to pay directly to our bank account then please do so by quoting WEBox to the following account:
Account Name: West of England Baptist Association
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account Number: 00006162
Please remember to use the reference WEBox when making the payment.
If you would like to send a personal message please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Videos from previous years below:
See how delighted the children were to receive their WEBoxes in 2017:
You can download this video at Vimeo.
Watch this video about WEBox in 2015:
Please be praying. Thank you.