Wednesday, April 23, 2014

shoes and feet

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

This was an incredible day as some of our back2school team was able to go to Charlotte to celebrate with our ministry partners, Samaritan’s Feet, for their 10th anniversary.  This will be our 5th year of partnering with these awesome people who have a big vision to share hope with children around the world through the vehicle of giving shoes and washing feet.

It was a blessing to meet Manny and Tracie Ohonme who are the visionaries and leaders of this great ministry.  For the last 10 years they have pushed forward and experienced God in wonderful ways.  Over the last several years I have heard stories of how shoes have been given to children across the United States as well in many countries across the globe.

Yet in a more personal way we have watched hundreds of volunteers in our area serve children by washing their feet, talking to them about their hopes, and giving them brand new shoes.  There is nothing like watching a child be opposed to having their feet washed to being humble enough to talk and go through this precious process.  Then turn to look at our servant volunteers as they are engrossed in this project with many of them in tears as their hearts have been touched.

As Manny shared today, “washing someone’s feet is one of the most intimate and humble acts because feet are one of the dirtiest parts of our bodies.”  Jesus washed the feet of those closest to Him that included Judas, the one who betrayed Him.  There is no greater position to take than serving people who cannot serve you in return.

That really is why we do what we do.  That is why we serve the people in our community.  By using whatever resource we have, that might be food or clothes or school supplies or a number of other things, we win the right to share Jesus with people and see lives changed.

Jesus is still in the business of caring for people right where they are.  Today we were in a room of 200 plus people committed to making a difference in our world.  Businessmen, pastors, benefactors, families, friends, ministry workers and more came together to celebrate what God has done through the last 10 years that Samaritan’s Feet has been alive and to set the course for the years to come.

Shoes and feet is one place we chose to serve the people around us.  Seeing people as God sees them will change us and change each of these precious people we get to serve.  I cannot wait to see how God uses the various outreaches we are part of as well as our ministry partner, Samaritan’s Feet.  Pray for more lives to be changed and more people to say YES to serving people in the name of Jesus!

Luke 22:26  NLT
But among you it will be different.  Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

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happy birthday, Julie

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