Saturday night was a much needed girls’ night. Over dinner and rocking ice cream sundaes we chatted and laughed… Man, I can’t remember the last time I laughed that much. But after the last dish was put away we got out old jeans, permanent markers, and scissors and made shoe kits for Sole Hope, an international mission dedicated to getting shoes on the feet of children in Eastern Africa to combat a debilitating parasite.
I cried watching this video. In fact, I’m crying again as I write this. It hurts to watch the jiggers being dug out of these children’s feet and to hear their anguished sobs. Then I see how easy it is to make a difference, and I think, how can I not help?
Who reading this has an old pair of jeans they don’t wear? I know I do. That pair of jeans can make a pair of shoes for one child in Africa, maybe even two. Your pair of jeans can prevent bugs from burrowing into a child’s feet and laying eggs until he or she can no longer walk.
I don’t know about you, but when I realize that’s at stake, I see a Goodwill trip in my future. It’s the little things that make all the difference. Cutting out the patterns takes nothing but time. Or you can sponsor a shoe for only $10. This pays for the material for the soles and helps create a job in Africa so that a deserving person can support his or her family.
If you’d like to find out more about Sole Hope you can talk to me or you can visit their website solehope.org. If you’re thinking of hosting your own party, that’s awesome! Check out solehopepary.org for more info and please share. Or if you’re in the Bloomington area and you’re interested let me know! I will be hosting a party of my own in the next couple weeks. Anyone is welcome to join.
What do you think of Sole Hope? Would you be interested in getting involved? Are you involved in another worthy organization? Please tell us about it!
Jesus calls us to be His hands and feet. How are you taking strides today?
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