This is the ninth year for our Christmas Shoe Project, and my commitment to this amazing, joyful and life-giving outreach only deepens. As vital as all the outreaches of LIFE are to help save lives, this one is just as important to Betty and me.
When children receive new shoes, their smiles are big, their joy immediate, and off they go – running, skipping and laughing as children should. Life, for a moment, feels good.
In the undeveloped nations and poverty-stricken regions where our outreaches are located, families and children simply cannot afford shoes. Their bare feet are subjected to infections that often lead to devastating consequences including crippled feet, disease and in rare cases death.
The blessing of a new pair of shoes – made from a sturdy, durable, water-resistant material – is not only functional, but also a wonderful treat for these children. This brief moment of happiness, expressed through the gift of shoes, shares the love of Jesus in such a real way.
The Christmas season is not that far off, especially when we need to make preparations to manufacture and begin shipping shoes around the world. Our goal for 2017 is to help deliver as many of the 150,000 pairs of shoes to children in time for the holidays.
Since 2008 when Christmas Shoes began we have given out over 1,750,000 pairs of shoes. It costs $3.60 to manufacture and deliver each pair of shoes. That means $36 will help provide 10 pairs of shoes, $72 will help provide 20 pairs and gifts of $144 will help provide 40 pairs of shoes.
When I think of this outreach and your gifts of love, I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 9:8-9: And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor” (NLT).
Thank you in advance for making this outreach possible and sharing the joy of Christmas and the love of Jesus with children in need. Remember, Christmas comes early at LIFE Outreach, and for the poverty-stricken children we reach out to…
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