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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Samaritan's Feet

Today my mother-in-law Linda, my 2 older kids and I were fortunate to be part of a shoe distribution organized by the local YWAM team.  An organization called Samaritan's Feet donated hundreds of brand new shoes.  We met in the morning at Agnes' house in Phokeng.  Agnes is a woman in the community who has opened her home to orphans in the area.  The children visit everyday to get a meal after school.  She has about 60 kids that know her as "Mama Agnes."  

 A group of kids playing games before getting shoes

This morning hundreds of kids and adults from the community came to Mama Agnes' house for new shoes.  The kids played games and had a short Bible lesson.  Then we washed their feet, tried on new shoes, and prayed with each one.

 This is me washing the feet of this beautiful little girl.

 She had such a brilliant smile after getting her new shoes.

 It was a very cool experience for everyone involved.  Especially for the adults that we served, I'm sure that they never imagined in a million years that white people would be washing their feet and giving them new shoes.

Our kids, Madison and Kyler, were able to spend the day working with us.  They both served as "runners."  Their job was to run to the shoe storage room and get the correct shoe size and type.  One thing that I love about my job is that my kids can work side by side with me.  What a memorable experience for them.

Jenny's mom, Linda, is visiting us right now.  She was able to work with us for the day.  Her job was to tell the story of the founder of Samaritan's feet, a man from Nigeria whose life was changed when a stranger gave him his first shoes as a young boy. 

Click Here to watch a video of one 14 year old boy who received shoes. 


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