Excited yet nervous, Isabel shared from her heart about her shoe ministry on Saturday night. All the way to Messiah Lutheran Church, Isabel expressed how nervous she was, so I asked her, “Do you want to do this?”
“Yes, I definitely want to do this, I am just really nervous.”
Her audience? 20 adults with disabilities. They all attend a bible study at this church.
A podium was set up for her. Isabel carefully placed her notes on it.
Jenny wanted to sit by us. She gave us hugs and she was excited we were there. Jenny was the reason we were invited. Her mom has been following Isabel’s shoe ministry and had told Jenny about it. The leader of the study thought “Shoes for Kids” was a great way to get her group involved in doing something for others.
Isabel spoke boldly.
“When I went to Africa, and I met the children, I could see tear stains on the children’s faces. They did not have anything, and I wanted to make them happy. That is why I started Shoes for Kids.”
The audience responded with empathy.
After her speech, she showed the video, “Making Happy Feet,” then she said, “I challenge you now to collect 30 shoes in 30 days.” (A good ask I must say)
A man from the front row quickly responded, “40 shoes!” and the group agreed.
Before we left, Jenny hugged us and thanked us. So sweet and beautiful!
When we got back into the car I said, “Isabel, isn’t funny how sometimes in life we are asked to do things that are not comfortable?”
I just had to smile.
Tomorrow, 30 pairs of shoes are headed to Tanzania with our friend Suzie. Saturday I will be taking 30 plus shoes to the Amazon in Ecuador. What a blessing to be apart of a child’s dream.
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