Grace Community Church Women's Ministries
Jul
9

I once saw my two-year old grandson laugh so hard during a game of peek-a-boo with his mom that his chubby little legs buckled. He looked like a drunken sailor, throwing his little head back, finally dropping to all fours as his legs gave out from under him.

I am so grateful that my children and grandchildren have had far more occasions to laugh than to cry –and that is true of most of the families that are closest to me. In fact, it takes great effort on my part to place myself within earshot of a child’s misery. I’d much rather stay in the lane that’s dotted with belly laughs.

But, as Christians, we are called to step outside of our comfort zone; to expose ourselves to the sad part of humanity, the painful part, to throw ourselves into the ditch after the children who need our himage8elp.

So, when I saw a video that illustrated the pain  and suffering that children in Uganda endure as a result of sand fleas (jiggers) that burrow into their little feet, I was moved to help. I found a private non-profit called Sole Hope that was founded in 2011 by a Christian couple from the United States. Sole Hope is dedicated to addressing the plight of Ugandan children by eliminating jiggers; providing them with shoes to wear and working within their communities to eliminate the sand flea eggs that live and multiply in the homes and other gathering places where children play.

Women’s Ministries at Grace has partnered with Sole Hope to make shoes for Ugandan children. Most recently, we collected more than 300 pairs of denim jeans from those who attend our Sunday services and gathered together 50 women who cut the fabric using Sole Hope’s cutting party instructions. Sole Hope sent our work to Ugandan women and men who fashioned the individual pieces of denim into finished shoes.

The Ugandan children received shoes and the Ugandan men and women who sewed the pieces together earned money to provide for their families. So good.

Hosting a Sole Hope cutting party is easy, fun, and makes a huge a difference in the lives of Ugandan children.

Sole Hope makes it so easy to serve. So, contact them. Today. Please.    Sole Hope

  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice

    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood”

–  Isaiah 58:6-7