Hey Friends!

We have BIG STUFF going on!  Good stuff!

Can I just tell you how excited I am?  Ok… so I started my full time job with Compassion and I am going to love it.

Next, my kids are doing their chores again, Woot woot!

But that is not all.

Shoesforkids, Isabel’s ministry, is exploding with opportunity. We are now getting between 400- 600 shoes delivered every month thanks to some huge donations and some help from various ministries.  Just over a year ago, it was 40 – 60 shoes a month.  

There is more my friends!! Just this week, Donald Miller’s assistant called us and asked if Isabel would be willing to be interviewed by Donald at the “Story Conference.”  and tell her story about shoesforkids.  Isabel didn’t know who Donald Miller was, but I showed her his books.   When I told her it was in front of 500 people, she looked a little nervous, but with a resounding voice she said….”YES, OF COURSE I WILL.”

My final news is that Isabel is all signed up for a trip to the Dominican Republic for a mission’s trip in August and for the first time, since starting shoesforkids, she will get to deliver shoes.  Our youth group asked Stephen and I to lead a trip through Compassion for our church.  We have trusted God and all our kids are signed up to go, deposits have been made.  I am actually going as a volunteer on this one, purely as Mom and to help the church kids.  We get to meet Grace’s sponsored child too.  We have sponsored her for 9 years!

I know that many of you have followed our story and you have seen Isabel start her ministry.  I am so grateful for all of your help, donations, and words of encouragement.  Many of you have continued to ask how you can help.  We are in the humble process of raising support for this trip.   First time we have ever done this. The cost is around $1600 per person.  I know some of you have already helped and I am so very very grateful.

If you do feel led to support us in this trip you can make a tax-deductible donation to:

Laurelwood Baptist Church

17015 NE 6th Street

Vancouver, WA 98684

Please don’t mark the check with our names (as a memo) but instead send a note with the check saying what it is for (Dominican Republic Missions trip for Jones girls), and you will be sent a receipt. You can send me an email too at so I can be aware of any donations or if you have questions.

Again, I am overwhelmed and grateful at God’s goodness and how he works. I am grateful for God’s goodness in bringing people into our lives who share our vision.



12 Comments on “BIG STUFF!

  1. Glory to God! Glory to God! He’s writing your story into His song! I can’t stop smiling 🙂 I can’t wait to hug you soon… God is always at work. And you are joining Him! 🙂 So exciting!


  2. Well Amanda, we are just trying to keep up with the other Jones on exciting things in life!

  3. Greg,
    That is so cool! We have a child in Indonesia btw. I need to find out where you are going!

  4. Jay and Laura,
    I can’t wait to hear about your trip. Would love to see pictures, video etc!

  5. OK this is SO totally cool and fun and DIVINE! What a great ministry Isabel~

    Knowing the emotions we had meeting James last month I know you all will be in store for a FABULOUS experience in the DR Grace…only wish we could be with you!

    Blessings all~

  6. I have been meaning to get a story and pics to you about Rose’s 10th birthday party last Friday. Guests brought old shoes and Michele found some solid color canvas shoes on clearance that she scooped up so the kids could paint them to send some NEW shoes to kids who need them as well. They read the children’s book, “New Old Shoes” and all of this was inspired by Isabel’s “Shoes for Kids” and Rose’s love for kids and Compassion. Seriously, bug me until I get some pics to you and Isabel. I was planning to deliver them to Indonesia when I travel there in June…is that cool?

  7. Helen,
    I received your book today. THank you! I look forward to reading it.

  8. So thrilled for Isabel and for all the fun things happening for you all! I can’t wait to see how God uses that experience to touch the lives of many more people! Very exciting. =)

  9. CONGRATULATIONS on your AMAZING new job!! SO happy for you! And truly wonderful news for Isabel and shoes for kids. Yay!!

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