I admit it. My head is swirling. I received two large boxes of shoes today from Ohio, and learned yesterday that we will be receiving several hundred pairs of shoes from Arkansas and Alabama in the next couple of weeks for Isabel’s shoe ministry. When I told Isabel, she was in shock and awe. The mother load is coming!
Her prayer resonates in my head. A few months ago, Isabel prayed to God that she would be able to help every child in the world receive shoes. Look what happens with a prayer, and the Body of Christ willing to come together to be that answer to prayer. We are His hands. We are His feet. But in the process, my garage is filling up with shoes. We have trips coming up for delivery, but we may have to find ways to step up distribution. Our small operation of collecting shoes and distributing shoes is turning into a medium operation. Are we ready? This makes my head swirl!
Last night at dinner we talked as a family. Where are all these shoes going to be stored? What are some ideas of stepping up distribution? We strategized, we schemed, we thought of some creative ideas. Do we need shoe delivery trips? Would volunteers come along to help us? Please pray as we move forward! It gets us so excited. I continue to think of the dump in Guatemala. Oh how I would love to take more shoes to the Compassion project near the dump. Also, the Compassion staff in Peru has asked for shoes for babies and toddlers. The need is endless. Think of all those little feet!
Today I sent off the papers to the IRS to formalize as a 501(c)3 non-profit. We have five board members and we are now registered with the IRS and the State of Washington. I ask you to pray that we are granted our 501(c)3….and quickly.
I ask you to pray that we can find free storage. Our goal is to keep our overhead low so we can just focus on the ministry. I have a friend in our town that is looking for a place for us that would not charge any rent. Please pray something may work out.
Please pray for Isabel. She is a busy girl who is only 11. She continues to get invited to speak. Two schools have invited her to come in so the students can do a shoe drive. She continues to get nervous. Wess Stafford, from Compassion, passed on a message to Isabel to let her know that he continues to get nervous every time he speaks. He said that this reminds him that he needs the Holy Spirit.
We are also praying about partnerships with other ministries as well who work with kids. We want to make sure we do this right!
We are praying about a trip for Isabel. She told me again last evening how she wants to see what she is doing overseas. Ok ok, I get it.
I am leaving on Tuesday for Ethiopia with Compassion. I am taking as many shoes as I can. Stephen leaves for Brazil next week. He will take as many as he can!
This entire thing started this last March with $30 in Isabel’s pocket. She bought the first seven pairs of shoes. I feel like it’s the loaves and fish story. Look at how it multiplied.
Jesus, help us get these shoes to the masses now. Thank you Lord for the opportunity!
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