Posted in Stewardship/Giving
Scripture: “You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command to you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” – Deuteronomy 15:10-11
I love shoes. It’s not that I have a lot of shoes, I just really love looking at shoes in stores, on the internet, really anywhere. Recently, I went on Eastmister’s youth group mission trip to Charlotte. One of the organizations we helped throughout the week was called Samaritans Feet. Samaritans Feet is a humanitarian aid organization that provides shoes to those in need, locally and around the world. This was the perfect volunteer work for me!
While we were there, we got to go shopping for shoes and donate them to Samaritans Feet. We also sorted and packaged shoes to go to people who needed them from nine different countries around the world. It was fun, but it also made me feel good that we were helping others.
In my life, I don’t always see the poor around me. This mission trip helped to open my eyes to the poor and made me more aware of the need to help others in our community and around the world. As today’s scripture says, there will always be poor in our land, and we should continue to help our brothers through organizations like Samaritans Feet.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving me this week of service in your name. I pray for the people who received the shoes and sandals. I pray that they make their lives easier and more comfortable. I also pray that you open my eyes to be aware of the people in need in my community and continue to give to them. Amen.
Submitted by Wilkins Johnson, 8th Grade
(Wilkins was a rising 8th grader at Crayton when he wrote this. He is the son of Steven and Sazy Johnson, as well as the grandson of Laine and Ann Ligon.)