It’s been a whirlwind to say the least.
First, lets talk about the jetlag. It’s 1:51am and I have been awake for the last hour. If my spelling is off or my grammar is incorrect, I blame it on the jetlag (as far as for my other posts and all the grammar and spelling mistakes, I blame my third grade teacher). My dog woke me up tonight as he started roaming around the house and now I can’t go back to sleep. I keep thinking about shoes. Yes shoes.
Earlier this evening, or would I say last night…I am so confused…and what day is it? Jetlag! Ok back on subject. Shoes.
We attended a dinner last night with Donald Miller (author of “Blue Like Jazz”). Actually, Isabel was invited and we all tagged along. Isabel is being interviewed at the Storyline conference this Tuesday because Donald wants others to hear her story. Pretty cool huh? So Isabel got to meet Donald tonight along with his manager, a film producer, Ian Cron, who wrote “Chasing Francis,” an amazing mom who started a music school for kids who are underprivileged here in Portland, and a few others. It was a fun evening, and along with a delicious Italian dinner and three Shirley Temples, Isabel got the VIP treatment. Anyway, Donald asked Isabel how she was doing and she was straight up with him. “I’m a little nervous.”
500 people will be attending this conference so what 12 year old wouldn’t be?
Anyway, I was lying in bed tonight thinking about this little organization of hers. Where is this going? Praise God we finally received the 501(c)3. This will allow donations to be tax deductible. Our needs aren’t very big. We basically have to pay for storage, a PO box and a few administration items. We could use some more duffel bags for shoe drops ($20 army bags), and Isabel is about $500 away from her fundraising goal for a trip to the Dominican Republic in August. What I keep thinking about is where is this going?
I mean it’s not this huge organization right now, but about everyday we learn of another shoe drive, or we receive a box of shoes, or money or something to help. Last week Keely and I dropped over a 100 shoes off in the Philippines. Next week, I will try to tote a couple of bags of shoes to Bolivia. Monthly, we are still getting large amounts of shoes down to Haiti with a team from Solid Rock Church. It’s hard to believe this has all taken place in a little over a year.
Anyway, I don’t really have all the answers to the future of shoesforkids, and Isabel just seems to be doing her thang (I meant to spell that wrong just so you all know). It keeps us busy to say the least.
It’s a bit of a whirlwind coming off a trip with Compassion, and then jumping into the world of conferences and shoes and email, then knowing that on Friday night I am back on a plane heading to Bolivia. It all hasn’t sunk in. It’s a little crazy…in a good way.
So while the jetlag has me up tonight, I know what I am supposed to do right now. I know that I need to pray. I tend to worry about things that I can’t control, like what happens if we get thousands of thousands of shoes? How do we disperse them all? I am sure Isabel would have some clever answer, and I know that God has a plan. I just have to trust Him. He has yet to fail us.
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Praying for sweet Isabel Tuesday! Cannot wait to hear about the day! And sitting here Thankful for the Jones fam O’five =)
Prayer is a good thing. I prayed for your sister on Saturday; and thought that somehow I remembered it was your birthday in June.
In any case, my impression of Isabel is that she does have faith. She’s not worried about what’s going to happen with all those shoes whenever they come. She has faith like a little child. She’s letting go and letting God.
I hope those were my prayers for your sister on Saturday. Letting go and letting God.