How many pair of shoes do you have?
Too many to count? I lost all my shoes in a plumbing related flood in 2009 and still have 6 or 7 pair.
How many do your children have?
Do you let your children go barefooted? Outside? In the dirty streets? In places where it is commonly known people get parasites in bare feet?
Now I’ll admit, I ran around outside in bare feet a lot when I was growing up. Most everyone did. But it was by choice, not because we didn’t have shoes. And I didn’t run around in rocky, icky places. We had nice lawns and sidewalks. If we went somewhere off the regular path we wore shoes.
It really is hard for most of us to imagine our child not having shoes even when we feel like we are barely making ends meet. We would go without before we let them go without.
Our little Monday Night Bible Class was recently moved to get involved in a project to raise money to put school shoes on children in a small community in Nicaragua. We called it KISS.
Kids in School Shoes
Children without shoes can’t go to school. Even worse than that children without shoes get parasites and awful diseases and often die. Most of the children in this community do not have shoes.
It was so moving to see the way God worked on the hearts of the women in the room the first night one of our members approached us about the shoe project. We had to do something.
This grandmother wanted to provide an opportunity for her grandchildren to work towards a goal to help someone. She felt the $25 cost of one pair of shoes was an obtainable goal even for a child. From there she shared the opportunity with others.
The goal grew from her grandchildren raising money to help one child to a goal of putting school shoes on all the children of about 50 families in this one community. By the way, her grandson raised money for 3 pair of shoes the first week.
There are many people who are equally deserving and needy, but this one need was brought to our attention at this time.
Our little group of women knew they could make a huge difference in the life of these children right now. So we acted.
We came up with a flier.
We got the word out.
We saved our pennies.
We encouraged our children to save their pennies.
We encouraged families to save their pennies.
We continue to save our pennies.
So far God has blessed the efforts and the change collected has grown into larger contributions and we have collected enough money for 37 children to have shoes.
We didn’t wait until we knew we could buy shoes for all for us to help one. We started with one grandmother encouraging her grandchildren to save for one child.
Our friend Chris in Nicaragua works with a mission called With One Hope. He is in direct contact with the families of this community and has begun to purchase and deliver the shoes to the children.
This is not a solicitation for you to send money for shoes. Although we won’t turn it down if you do. This is an encouragement to look around you. There is someone in need that you can help. What can you do without to be able to put some shoes on a small child, provide socks for someone without a home, or buy grape jelly for your local community storehouse. Perhaps you don’t need one more book this month, or a manicure, or a new pair of shorts, or a new lipstick.
Here are some ideas of ways to help:
Community Storehouse of Keller is very low on donations due to the two weeks of inclement weather we had in early February. We are having a March food drive for just grape jelly and instant oatmeal.
Make an online donation by going here: http://communitystorehouse.org/
Matthew 25:35-40 NIV
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’