Yesterday, we gathered all those jeans with the holes in the knees. We gathered those milk jugs we’ve been saving. We brought quilter’s cotton and safety pins. Some of us had pinking shears and some didn’t even know what they are. But our small group came together and brought our offerings for a Sole Hope shoe-cutting party.
We watched this video together. As the images of poverty-stricken children rolled across the screen, I watched the faces of our own kids. When Asher Collie said that many of these children had never owned a pair of shoes before, I saw it in their faces—they wanted to help.
So we did. We traced and cut and pinned and counted. And when it was all over we had the makings for 30 pairs of shoes. We will box these up and mail them to the Sole Hope offices in North Carolina, where they will then be sent to Uganda for a local seamstress to assemble before they find their way to little feet.
I’ve been reading Michelle DeRusha’s new book 50 Women Every Christian Should Know in my morning quiet time. I’m going slow through this one, getting acquainted with each woman intimately. This morning, I read about Mother Teresa. This is a woman who “chose to act deliberately in small ways” and made a big difference. Michelle quotes her as saying, “There are many people who can do big things, but there are few people who will do the small things.”
This is what I think of when I watch Dan Ingram tracing patterns onto the legs of old blue jeans. Or Tom Smith struggling with how to best use a pair of pinking shears. And when I see my friend Marci balance her toddler Luke on her hip as she gathers up bits of material in one hand. Or see our teenagers cutting on milk jugs. I am so blessed to love these people and do life with them.
Sometimes a problem feels too big to make a difference. But this is one tiny way we can help. Providing shoes for thirty children will improve their health by decreasing the risk of contracting jiggers and other illnesses often spread through the removal of the jiggers. If you are interested in hosting a shoe-cutting party, read more about Sole Hope and their mission here. You can make a difference.
I’m giving away a copy of Michelle’s book 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Wednesday to be entered for a chance to win. I’ll announce the winner Thursday morning. I hope this book inspires you all the way it has me.
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