Playdates with God: Sole Hope Shoe-cutting Party (and a giveaway!)

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.

Small things.

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.

Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:

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  1. bluecottonmemory says

    I think this sounds like a wonderful idea. It’s something I could really do! Blessings to you in your Monday!

  2. says

    Sole Hope is such an amazing organization, and so easy to help. I’ve also been wanting to bet my hands on Michelle’s new book. I’ve heard so many wonderful comments about it!

  3. says

    What a beautiful way to make a difference. This is the first time I’ve heard of Shoe Hope. I enjoyed reading about it and the ways to help them. The book sounds so interesting, too. ~Pamela

  4. says

    Very inspiring, Laura. It truly is the small acts that God uses in big ways. Thanks for hosting and letting us know about Michelle’s book. Also, congrats on your own book coming out! Can’t wait to check them both out!

  5. Kate says

    Love it! We just had a Sole Hope party last month .. Such fun! And thank you for hosting this giveaway .. Am so eager to read Michelle’s book!

  6. says

    I hosted a Sole Hope cutting party last year in December and it was so heartwarming and fulfilling knowing we were doing something that matters. And I don’t have Michelle’s book but would love a copy. I thought I’d be moving to London during her launch but here I am, still waiting.

  7. says

    Uh! I sneezed when I was typing my title and I can’t figure out how to edit. I’m sorry! This is lovely. I am super excited that each one of my blogging favorites has written a book this year. Your words are bringing life…

  8. Sharita Knobloch says

    Love this post and my heart is yearning to get my fingers on a copy of Michelle’s new book. It is on my list! (And so is your book, my friend. Congrats, friend!)

  9. Simply Darlene says

    Indeed – every bit done in love for the Kingdom shines God. I reckon as we gather the blessings of our own lives, it is the tiny that matter most.

  10. Judy Grieve says

    Thank you for blogging about this mission. it will be a wonderful way to get the women of the church together for a “purpose with fun.”

  11. Tracey Tackett Lobaldo says

    Love what you do Laura! Your look at God’s world is beautiful and always uplifting!
    Gonna share this Sole Mission with my church!

  12. says

    It’s a great cause, Judy. The party was a bit hectic, but there are jobs for everyone and we had so much fun. Let me know if you decide to do it. I would love to hear about it!

  13. says

    It is such a great program, Lisa. If you watch the video, you’ll see how Sole Hope is helping change the infrastructure of the communities they partner with. I can’t say enough about it.

  14. says

    I do hope you get to read Michelle’s book, Sharita! I’ve been making it part of my quiet time in the morning and have been surprised at how much richer the time is. And thank you for the congratulations on my book. You bless me with your kindness 🙂

  15. says

    I’m still praying for you in all this, my friend. Life is crazy and God’s timing is perfect, but I know how challenging the in-between places can be. I am sending you so much love.

  16. says

    Isn’t Sole Hope wonderful? I hope you get a chance to read Michell’s book, Kate. It’s so rich. I love history but was surprised how much reading about the lives of these women has touched me. I love Michelle’s voice.

  17. says

    It’s a great group project! We had a really good time, something for everyone. Even our little toddler would deliver cut pieces to the quality control table. It was a great experience.

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