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 (NKJV)
Have you ever made a pair of shoes? Do you even think that you could? Last month at our church 15 women, teens, boys, and girls made 36 pairs of the sweetest shoes. They were made from old blue jeans and lots of different colorful prints, plaids, and polka-dotted cotton fabric. Okay, okay, we didn’t exactly assemble and glue the shoes but we cut out all the essential parts that get sewed, stitched, and glued to a sole made from recycled tires, by workers in Uganda. This awesome work provides incomes and jobs for otherwise unemployed people. It’s a win-win situation!
You see, there is a serious jigger plight in Africa, jiggers are burrowing parasites that sink themselves into the barefeet of children, adults, and everyone who walks. These parasites are debilitating, causing crippling, infection, and sometimes even death. And, the solution is so very simple – SHOES! But before the shoes can be placed on these precious feet, the jiggers must be removed which is no easy task. It is tedious, and very painful work. The children scream and those who “dig them out” cry while someone else holds the child and consoles them. The videos are emotional and moving.
Sole Hope® has an amazing story. A young couple began this ministry upon viewing a video that literally changed everything for them – please follow the link to read all about them. It is so easy to get involved, of course, donations are accepted BUT, you, your church, your club can sponsor a shoe cutting party for a minimal amount of money for the supplies. The party package is complete with patterns, templates, bookmarks, and a video to watch (have tissues at hand).
The Gospels have several illustrations of Jesus being moved with compassion, He wasn’t just moved, He acted upon his compassion.
He healed the sick. Matthew 14.14
He forgave debt. Matthew 18.27
He cleansed them. Mark 1.41
He taught them. Mark 6.34
It’s a wonderful thing when our hearts are stirred and we can actually do something about it!
What are we going to do about it?
And, one more thing, you will never again look at an old pair of blue jeans the same way you did before!