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"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly." Richard Bach

Saturday, November 19, 2011

How a pair of shoes can change your life.

Field trip to Samaritan's Feet...

 We learned how one young man made a difference.   And that, being only one, we can make a difference too.
Manny never had a pair of shoes until he was 9 years old and never slept in a bed until he came to the U.S.  Samaritan's Feet began with an idea and shoes he collected in a garage.  Nearly 3 million children have been blessed with shoes and have heard the gospel because of him.  Nationally and internationally.


Impoverished children have their feet washed before they are given their new shoes.  

 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  John 13:3-5

And they hear the gospel.  

How beautiful upon the mountains
      Are the feet of him who brings good news,
      Who proclaims peace,
      Who brings glad tidings of good things,
      Who proclaims salvation,
      Who says to Zion,
   “ Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Hope from head to toe.

We unpacked boxes and processed shoes.  Our fingers touched a gazillion shoes today.  I thought of the men, women, and children whose lives would be affected by the shoes my hands held. 
It was an honor to participate.
I took for granted the shoes I carelessly pulled on this morning.  I didn't even 'see' the selection and choice I picked from.   I take for granted so many things.

Imagine not having a pair of shoes. 
I. mean. really. imagine.
Think barefoot.  Go barefoot.
It is good for the kids to imagine too.


 The Goal:
10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million children in the next 10 years -  
 "...nearly 1,000,000 die each year as a result of foot-borne illnesses that may be preventable by simple protection – shoes."

Get involved.  Start a shoe drive of your own.  Go barefoot and feel the difference.  Donate money required to ship shoes.  Buy a pair of shoes.  Go on a mission trip.  Volunteer.

How can we impact our community?

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Brenda said...

Wow! What a great field trip! I've heard of this organization before, but didn't know much about it. Thanks for telling us about your trip. They are definitely doing wonderful things.

Christina Parker Brown said...

Brenda, it really is an awesome organization. I was not familiar with it until this field trip.

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