The Story Behind the Soles
In June of 2011, sisters Emily Cole and Andrea Smith traveled to Choluteca, Honduras on their first missions trip outside the U.S. While there, they were able to minister to people by giving out food, clothing, and sharing the Gospel. Out of everything they experienced, the need and lack of shoes, especially for children, impacted them the most. Blistered and calloused feet running through rocky and dirty streets burdened their hearts and moved them to want to do something.
Once home, their vision to start something never took shape as they were unsure of where to start and afraid of taking a step out in faith. It was not until one year later, after their friends returned from Honduras that they heard once again the overwhelming need for shoes that filled the streets. So, in July of 2012, with a small vision but big faith, they started Honduran Soles.
With an initial goal to raise just 200 pairs of shoes for Choluteca, they quickly saw God’s faithfulness as they raised 345 pairs in just a few days. They quickly learned that God can do a lot with a little. The small goal of 200 pairs immediately changed to 2,000 pairs. Over the next five months, with the support of their church, community, and family, Emily and Andrea were able to collect almost 3,000 pairs of shoes. And, in January of 2013, six months after starting Honduran Soles, they traveled back to Honduras with nearly 2,000 pairs of the shoes.
Since this trip, their passion for this ministry has grown even stronger. They began collecting shoes for other countries around the world where teams were traveling to and they will continue to send shoes wherever there is a need. There are currently 300 million people in the world who do not have shoes, a basic necessity taken for granted by many of us. Emily + Andrea are determined through Honduran Soles to reach as many people as they can and bless them with a simple pair of shoes and a message of hope that can change their lives.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Jesus [Matthew 25:40]
We are an organization that runs off of volunteers and community– our work with Honduran Soles is not our full-time jobs and we do not get paid for it! However, it is a passion and a way for us to serve others the best way we know– through giving of our time and resources.