What in the world do shoes have to do with clean water? Well, last year, my brother told me of an organization near him that collects old shoes, sells them by the pound to retailers in developing countries, then uses the money made to purchase drills for digging wells. My brother manages a gym and they were working with this ministry, The Shoeman Water Project, and collecting shoes from their members.
I thought this would make an awesome service project for our homeschool group, but Glen said we should get the church involved. It's been a year, but we've finally gotten it together! Saturday, October 23 will be "Soleful Saturday" at Community Baptist Church. If you live in the area, please join us! Everything starts at 2pm. We'll have a bounce house for the kids, hot dogs and at 3pm, The Pullen Family will take the stage (or the porch, actually). After the Pullen's, The praise band, "1-4-G" will lead us in a time of worship. If you don't want to stay, but just want to drop off your shoes, that's also possible. We'll have many eager hands waiting to take your shoes as you drive up.
Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is clean water. If you'd like to blog about this subject, just link up here.
I must confess, God is working on me. I think I've been oblivious for far too long. It's easy to ignore problems of others and focus on my daily struggles (which are NOTHING in comparison). God has been dealing with me in this area for a little while. I blogged a little about it here and here. A few weeks ago, Grayson and I went to a Christian concert. The Make a Difference Tour, with Max Lucado, Third Day, Michael W. Smith, and Toby Mac. I knew there would be an opportunity to adopt a child, so Glen and I discussed it and felt it was worthwhile. We have thought about it before, but wondered where the money would come from - the last thing we wanted to do was leave a kid with no help. This time, we thought the same thing, but God seems to be telling us to take the step so He can show us how He can provide. World Vision helps families in developing countries with clean water and food - specifically families effected by AIDS. I prayed throughout the night for God to point me to the child He had for us. To make sure I walk up to the right worker and that the first child's folder she took out, would be ours. When I walked up to her, there was a man flipping through all of the folders and then handed them back and said he would look at more at the table. What was he looking for? When it was my turn, she asked if we wanted a boy or a girl. I knew it had to be a boy. Riley has been asking for a brother since he was 4! The first folder she handed me had the meanest little face on it! Scowling like he definitely did not want his picture made. When I looked at his name, I could feel God's sense of humor - Elvis. Elvis! How sweet! He's from Kenya and has 3 siblings and a single mom. No dad. Such a familiar story. When I broght the folder home and showed Riley, the first thing he said was, "He looks really mean!". Well, we'll tell him all about Jesus.
I have to say, every time I hear about "Elvis" - you know...Presley, I think about our Elvis. Elvis from Kenya - and I'm reminded to pray for him. Every time I pray for him, I can't help but smile.
If you would like to learn more about sponsoring a child, visit World Vision on the web.
For too many years I thought I didn't have enough time or money to help. God is showing ways that don't require "too much", but do require me.