Friday, August 27, 2010

Gloria Haynes was named "Samaritan of the Month" by Samaritan's Feet

This morning I opened my email to see the newest edition of Samaritan's Feet newsletter.  And there she was our own Gloria Haynes has been named "Samaritan of the Month".  I am proud of our church family and how they serve others.  Gloria shares that in precious ways.  Below is part of their newsletter (see the original here):


First time volunteer Gloria Haynes did not let her recent knee replacement surgery hinder the excitement of participating in her first shoe distribution with Samaritan's Feet in Collinsville, Virginia.  
 
Arriving at 7am and carrying a small wooden stool, Gloria  helped Samaritan's Feet prepare for the distribution.  As the children filed in, Gloria sat on her stool so that when she washed feet she could look straight across rather than down, at the child across from her.  At 8pm that night, Gloria finally headed home.   
 
"I wasn't sure what to expect but I prayed that each child I had in front of me would see that they were loved and were very special to me.  I wanted to make a positive impact on their lives," Gloria explains.  "There was one little boy who wasn't liking any part of having his feet washed even for new shoes and socks!  He was very shy.   We found the BEST pair of black swede tennis shoes in the world.  I couldn't help but get excited when I saw his eyes brighten up.  I asked if I could wash his feet so he could at least try the shoes on to see if they fit.  We talked a little more and I earned his trust and friendship."
 
"I did get to wash his feet," Gloria continued.  "He got his shoes and I was richly blessed with big bright eyes, a grin from ear to ear, and the best hug ever.  It was a wonderful day.  I had no idea that I would be the recipient of such glorious blessings and many hugs from these precious children."  

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