Each pair of shoes represents a child in need

By Chelsea Wade, Buckner Ministries Coordinator for South Main

The “Shoes for Orphan Souls” shoe drive has taken on a new meaning for me since my trip to Peru last December. Before the trip I was familiar with flyers, pamphlets, articles, DVDs, and the stories that others told me. I became acquainted with the process of preparing shoes and packing them with the rest of the congregation each year. I knew that there were children in other countries who received the shoes after we lovingly packed them. I also knew that I would learn more than I could imagine by placing shoes on their feet.

During my trip to Peru last year I learned the process of picking out a pair of shoes for a child. I experienced the importance of placing them on a child’s feet. I was inspired by the joy that came from watching a child marvel at them. I was humbled by the result of each interaction.

In these moments I understood the impact of shoe drives firsthand. As our shoe drive continues I want each of us to remember our purpose. I want each of us to remember that each pair symbolically represents a child in need.

Thank you for your continued support of Shoes for Orphan Souls, a program of Buckner International Ministries.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Sole Chain, our World Record Breaking Event at South Main Baptist Church.  The excitement starts at 9:00 a.m. Join us as we have some fun shattering the world record for the Longest Chain of Shoes.  But most importantly, we will be making a difference in the life of over 10,000 orphans.


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