Honduras 2016

Posted by Andrea, Brandon & Daniel on March 30, 2016

There is just something so beautiful about pure, child-like faith. This trip showed us so many areas where the Lord blessed our simple faith and trust in Him.

From start to finish, our week in Honduras showed us again and again the faithfulness and goodness of our Father. Down to every single detail, both big and small, His hand was so evident on each of our lives.

From the very first moment in the airport, God had already begun to work on our behalf. Our flight was at 5:45am out of NJ, and because of prior events, we were running extremely behind. We had to check on 10 bags of supplies between the three of us, and 4 of those bags were tied together. When we went to check them on, they told us we would have to separate them, which would have cost us hundreds and hundreds of extra dollars. Thankful, our attendant knew we were going on a missions trip, and let it slide. Not only that, but we all got a free check on as well, saving us hundreds of dollars! Once we got through, we had about a half hour until our plane left and we were stuck in a huge line for security. We knew we couldn’t miss our plane, so we prayed and asked God to work. Literally less than a minute later, a security office came over to our line and right in front of us, he cut the line and allowed us to go to the front to form a second line. Although the people in front weren’t happy, we could only smile knowing that the Lord’s favor was so evident already!

Our week in honduras was filled with much joy, love, and gratefulness. Throughout the week, we got to spend each day at the Orphanage with around 25 amazing kids. We had two big projects for the week. First, we were able to build 2 soccer goals to create a field for the kids! I can’t even explain to you the excitement and joy the kids showed again and again and again. Throughout the week, the boys spent hours and hours out in the blazing heat playing soccer with the kids. It was simply amazing!

We also had the privilege to paint a house on site. This would be the future home of boys at the Orphanage, so we all felt very honored and humbled to get to paint the walls of the home where these boys would grow up. Our prayer for them that week was that those walls would be a safe place for them. A place where they would always feel loved, protected, and cared for. It was a very big project, but the Lord definitely gave us the strength and endurance to complete it. In total, we had to sand 4 big rooms by hand (Which was quite a project in 90+ degree weather and humidity), and then paint them the following days. We also were able to paint one side of the front of the home as well! We are thankful for all of you who donated to allow us to complete this project!

It was definitely an amazing experience to get to spend the entire week there with the kids where you could begin to build relationships and friendships. I know every child there holds a very special place in our hearts!

The other huge part of our week was partnering with our AMAZING missionaries who live in Honduras, Barbara and Rosemary.. I don’t think there are adequate words to describe just how highly we think of them or how much they inspire us. They truly are two of our heros! Day in and day out, these two faithfully serve the Lord and the beautiful people of Choluteca, Honduras. It is always a special experience to get to be apart of their ministries for the week.

Each night, we got the chance to go to their bible studies to minister to and bless lots of people. Every night, they hold a bible study at a different location throughout town, and people from the community get to come and be blessed. They are able to hear the gospel, and also get food when they leave as well. Every night, our missionaries provide these people with a sandwich, a drink, a cookie, lollipop, and an orange. For a lot of these people, this might be the only real meal they get to eat all week.

We had the honor of getting to pass out shoes, as well as other small gifts to each person! Being back in Honduras and getting to see the smiles, joy, and love these people have for a simple pair of shoes reminds me why my heart is so passionate about our ministry, and why I believe the Lord has always been so faithful in providing for all of our needs. I truly believe that the Lord smiles at the sight of His beautiful children around the world receiving a new pair of shoes.

To us, it is not just about giving them a pair of shoes. It’s about so much more than that. It’s about the hope and love that a pair of shoes can provide someone: hope in knowing that people in the United States, in the small state of Pennsylvania, loved them enough to bring them shoes and bless them with gifts; hope in knowing that they are loved, and prayed for, by not only us, but our entire church family and faithful supporters of our ministry back home. To them, these shoes show them that they are so much more than their situation or current issues. It’s a momentary joy in knowing that they are loved and cherished. Most importantly, it’s about the fact that we both serve the same amazing God. And because of Him and His love and blessings in our lives, we are able to freely give to them. Our prayer with every pair of shoes is that it points people back to HIM. Back to the father who is above all and in control of all things.

You see, sometimes it takes you traveling to another country to really put things back into perspective. Even though some of these people have absolutely nothing, they are still loved and cherished by Our Father the exact same as you and I are. We are no better than anyone else. In the end, all that matters is our hearts. My heart rejoices in knowing that my brothers and sisters in Honduras who live in such extreme poverty, have an eternal paradise in Heaven awaiting them one day.

And even though my heart will always break and wonder why certain people have to live in such difficult situations, I find peace in knowing that God sees them, and loves them. He created them, and cares for every detail of their lives.

Coming home from this trip, I think we are all inspired to do more, give more, and love more. There is a world out there that needs to know they are loved by God and that Jesus is Lord. Often times I would look out into the crowds at our nightly services and make eye contact with people and my heart would just break. I could see so much pain, hardship, and often hopelessness in their eyes. These people have been through so much, and so often they carry so much pain within them. I want to be apart of the change. I want them to know there is more to life. They can have hope! I want my life to count for something, to make a difference for the Kingdom. I want the Lord to smile at the works we are able to do through this ministry, and know that at the end of my life, I have served Him with all that I have.

We are so grateful for each one of you that has partnered with us in our ministry. YOU all help us to provide hope and love to so many. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible at all. I hope and pray that you are blessed by seeing these precious children smile knowing that your donations and support helped put those smiles on so many faces!

Above all though, we thank God for all He does, and all that He is going to continue to do. We are believing BIG things are ahead for Honduran Soles. Day by day, we are challenged and encouraged to continue trusting the Lord in all things, and serving Him faithfully with all that we do.

Check out our facebook album to see more pictures from our trip!
God Bless you all!

-Andrea, Brandon & Daniel

Our lives have purpose

Posted by Emily on June 1, 2015

Purpose: “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
[Proverbs 19:21]

Perspective.

We all have purpose. Our lives have purpose and they have value and they have meaning.
The Lord created us-- created you, for a purpose.

And we all have plans.
Lets be honest. We all have numerous plans for our lives that race around in our hearts, whether they are about our jobs, our family, travels, or even plans about how wealthy we will be or the type of house we will live in or maybe plans about what our kids will do in the future. No matter how young or old we are, we all have our own set of plans.

But lets be honest again. How many of us, when we read the verse above, get a little annoyed? Or even a little angry? I mean, if we all have our own plans, and many of them are beautiful and good plans, why does the Lord’s purpose have to prevail? Why, if our plans seem beneficial and godly, why then does the Lord have to override our plans and have His plans prevail? Are His plans really that much better than our own?

I mean, let’s face it: how many of us have had plans before that seem great, and then out of nowhere they change? Out of nowhere, we are all of a sudden on a different course, our plans suddenly changing right before our eyes. In the moment, it can be painful; it can be annoying; it can be angering, frustrating, and even frightening. Sometimes a change in plans can be good and we are filled with joy, but a lot of times, when our plans change, it’s hard to adjust and easy to become frustrated and confused.

However, if we trust the Lord like we say we do, a change in plans should always mean one thing to us: purpose.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.”
[Romans 8:28]

God’s purpose for us is immeasurably greater and more beautiful than we could ever imagine. We cannot understand the whole picture because we only see the here and now. We only see what’s right in front of us. But the Lord-- but GOD, the Creator and the Sustainer of life, sees it all. He sees our here and now, but he also sees our future. He was at the beginning of our lives, and He’s already at the end of our lives. He knows each and every step, moment, joyous day, difficult trial, loving friendship, journey, mistake, and heartache we are going to face in our lives. He has already seen the big picture. He already knows.

He knows us. His purpose, therefore, is, and should be our true plan, meaning, value, and reason for living. His purpose is glorious. His purpose for you will always bring glory and honor to His name and will always be for your good, whether you can see it or not.

As His children, we have our own plans in our hearts, and as our Father in Heaven, He has His own plans for us which will always prevail.
His plans are perfect and good and righteous for us, and this should give us a new sense of security and peace because with His purpose (if we truly believe it is perfect), we cannot fail.

So rest in the promise that He is faithful and that His purpose for you is good.

Have joy.

Have hope.

We all have our own plans, and it’s good to have plans for your life. But it’s also wise to be at peace with the fact that plans are not concrete and can easily change. The Lord our God is forever gracious and loving and kind, and His purpose for you is beautiful because He loves you.

Do not fear. Have faith. A change in plans means purpose.

And the Lord’s purpose for you, which is full of goodness and grace--

will always prevail.

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life -- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
[2 Timothy 1:9-10]

ACTION: pray specifically that the Lord would continue to guide you and that your plans would succeed according to His purpose. And pray for the contentness in your heart that if your plans change, you would still trust the Lord and still stand firm in the truth that He has a purpose. Pray that His purpose for your life would become evident and that you would be able to walk, in faith, the path and the life He has created you for.

God loves you and is passionate about you. Be passionate about your plans, but be even more passionate about trusting the direction He takes you in and the purpose He created you for.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
[Ephesians 2:10]

From Andrea's heart

Posted by Andrea on April 30, 2015

Be still my heart.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7)

Some days it’s hard to be patient. I don’t know about you but lately I have been struggling. Questioning the Lord’s plan for my future and doubting His timing. I have been anxious, and I find myself laying awake at night wondering when God will answer my prayers, always worrying how certain situations in my life will play out. I need direction, guidance, and discernment.

I’m 22 years old: preparing to graduate college this month and get married the next. Everything about my life is about to change, and I am walking into a new season of life full of new adventures, new relationships, and new journeys; a new home, a new school, a new career path, and yes, even a new last name.

I have spent the last few months trying to figure out so many parts of my future, and at times I feel so overwhelmed. Sometimes my heart feels as though it’s about to burst.

There are certain areas of my life that I have been praying about for years. Yes, years. Not just a couple of weeks or months, but years. And sometimes I feel as though my prayers are going unheard. I find myself pleading with God to answer my request, and to say that I’m impatient would be an understatement.

I have been allowing myself to get frustrated and feel defeated. I have questioned God’s timing and plan, and have doubted his plan for my future time and time again.

Have any of you ever been in that situation? Praying for something that’s on your heart, whether it’s a new job, a new home, a bill that needs to be payed, a healing, a broken relationship, or even a certain situation in your life that you need to turn around. You pray about it, again and again and again.

And nothing happens.

Nothing happens.

And still nothing happens.

What if God never answers my prayers? Do you hear me God? Time is running out. You begin to lose hope. Slowly your trust in Him may begin to fade.

I’m not going to lie and say that waiting upon the Lord is easy. In fact, it is anything but easy. But what if God’s plan wasn’t to take you out of your current situation, but to allow you to go through it for a specific purpose? What if in the midst of your waiting God is trying to teach you and equip you and prepare you for what is next in your life? What if this is all just a part of a bigger plan for your life?

When I say that I trust God, I am saying I TRUST YOU GOD. I trust your timing, your plan, and every second you have planned for my life.

And recently, I have continually been reminding myself of this. It is one thing for me to say I trust God, but it is a totally different thing to make trusting Him a lifestyle. What does worrying do for me? How can worrying about my future or certain situations change them?

I need to stop worrying about my current situations and future, and instead turn to THE ONE who is in control of it all.

When we say we trust God, that doesn’t just mean when things are easy, or when things are going in our favor. It’s not enough to partially trust God, or only trust Him with certain areas of your life. Trusting God requires you to fully and totally submit yourself to God in all areas, even in the times of uncertainty or waiting.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hands.
[ Psalm 31: 14-15 ]

I trust you God, so that means in my time of waiting I still trust You. And lately, I have been realizing a few things about “my time of waiting:”

Sometimes there are blessings even in the waiting.

Sometimes God asks us to wait even when He’s already promised us something.

So many of us are too busy stressing and worrying about our lives that we miss out on what God is trying to teach us in our current situation or struggle. We do not understand or hear what the Lord is whispering to us because we don’t take the time to be still and listen. We are too preoccupied worrying about our future.

The whole idea of waiting goes against everything our culture teaches us. Our culture says everything must be now, in my time, when I want it. We live in a culture of instantaneous answers, satisfaction, and access to anything we could want. Everything in our flesh wants us to run forward full force. But, what if God’s plan is for us to hit the brakes and wait on Him? What if waiting isn’t a bad thing, but is actually a blessing? In Hebrew, one of the words for wait is Qavah. Translated, this means to “look patiently,” to “tarry or wait” or to “hope, expect, look eagerly.” So, when God tells us to wait, He is telling us to be patient; to have hope and expectation of what He is going to do.

What if this time of waiting is a necessary part of God’s plan? What if God is trying to refuel you, teach you, and prepare you for things in your future?

Have we forgotten that even people throughout the Bible had to wait upon the Lord?

  • Abraham was 75 years old when God first promised him that he would become a great nation (Genesis 12:2-3). And we know that his son Isaac was born when he was 100 years old. That’s 25 years of waiting for God to fulfill his promise.
  • David had to wait around 20 years from the time he was first anointed until the time he became king.

I know imagining waiting on the Lord for that long may seem overwhelming. But the Bible does tell us a few things for us to be doing in our time or waiting.
How do we wait on the Lord then?

  • Prayerfully ( Psalm 25:4-5 )
  • With strength and courage (Psalm 27:14, 31:24)
  • Rejoicing and trusting in His holy name ( Psalm 33:21 )
  • Based on the Fear of the Lord and His unfailing love ( Psalm 33:18,22 )
  • With hope ( Psalm 33:20, 39:7 )
  • Patiently ( Psalm 37:7, 40:1; Habakkuk 3:16, Romans 8:25, Hebrews 6:15 )
  • Obediently ( Psalm 37:34, 119:166; Isaiah 26:8-9 )
  • Desiring Him ( Isaiah 26:8-9 )
  • Single-mindedly ( Psalm 62:5 )
  • Expectantly ( Psalm 123:2, Micah 7:7 )
  • Believing His Word ( Psalm 130:5 )
  • Assured He is all we need, He is our portion ( Lamentations 3:24 )
  • Quietly ( Lamentations 3:26 )
  • Always ( Hosea 12:6 )
  • In anticipation of joy ( John 3:29 )
  • Eagerly ( Romans 8:19,23 )

Waiting on the Lord is hard, but it is so worth it. Allow your time of waiting to be a time of growth, renewal, and anticipation. Use this time to grow closer to the Lord, to strengthen your faith and your trust in Him. In your time of waiting, I challenge you to be on your knees more now than ever before; to continually be seeking the Lord, praying, fasting, and listening to Him; to be in the Word each and everyday, and to hide God’s promises deep within your heart. Speak these promises to yourself each and every morning. Cling to these promises, knowing that God’s Word is true and His promises are real.
Sometimes waiting can be a beautiful thing and can teach you more about yourself and others. It can be a beautiful time of growth, of strength and renewal in your life. Maybe, just maybe, having you wait upon the Lord is the only way God can get your attention, and the only way he can help you grow and help you become who you need to be for your future.

Take heart my friends. We are all called to wait upon the Lord at one time or another. However, it’s how you handle your time of waiting that will show you and others Who your hope and trust is in.

This passage in Isaiah is one of my favorite passages. Know that the Lord will fulfill and give you all the strength, endurance, and patience you need:

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV)

Regardless of if I wait a day, a month, a year, or 50 years, these few things will never change: My God is good, and faithful, and I can trust Him. His promises are true. His plans for my life are good and perfect and true. He loves me, and he loves you. And, if he never answers another prayer the way I would like during my lifetime, He will still be good and forever worthy of our praise.

In our times of waiting, Lord, be glorified.

Amen.

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him. [ Lamentations 3:25 ]

From Em’s heart

Posted by Emily on April 19, 2015

Trying to adequately express all the emotions and thoughts I have and the way my heart has been feeling lately is really, really hard to do. Honestly, the past few years of my life have been some of the best and some of the toughest and some of the biggest moments of growth and learning, and hey-- I still have so much living left to do.

I came to college two years ago with absolutely no idea what I wanted to study or do with my life after I graduate. The funny thing is that I still don’t.
The beautiful thing? I get to keep trusting that the Lord is perfectly placing and planning and directing each and every step I take. Not only that, He is actually walking WITH me. Next to me. Holding my hand and whispering “Em, it’s okay not to know yet because I know.”

Such peace.

I do know a few things though:

I know I love people. I know I love being with people, I love listening and learning with others; getting the opportunity to show compassion, to work to see others how the Lord sees them. To be in community with people and show them kindness, I love this. I am so thankful for the relationships the Lord allows us to have with others.

I know I love justice. I know my heart cries for injustice and hates it, and I long to see Jesus heal & get rid of every wrong and hurtful word, action, situation, and relationship in this world. I want people to feel valued and cherished because they are. I want people to experience life living in freedom that comes through love and truth and through what is right and pure and beautiful-- the love of our Father.

I know I love learning Spanish. I love languages, I love other cultures, and I love the idea that I can learn another group’s language and communicate with them, making them feel loved and respected. For them to know that I took the time to learn something that is so valuable to them and integrated into their lives each and every day and is apart of who they are. The idea that I could translate for others who are working to build relationships but need to get around a language barrier; that I could be an interpreter for mission groups or preachers trying to spread the message of Jesus but don’t know the language. Wow. This excites me.
This moves my heart and fills it with JOY and passion.

I also know I love missions. I love this beautiful world the Lord has created, with all of its different people groups, ethnicities, languages, cultures, and scenery. I love knowing that while I’m able to serve just as beautifully right here in PA, I can also go out into this great big world and make an impact, work to make change, to serve, to love, to listen to different stories and meet different people where they’re at, with their different ideas and baggage and hurts and pains and questions just like me. To love them. To serve them. To go and work to experience what life is like for others and not always be wrapped up in my own small little corner of the world.
My heart.

And you know what else I know?
I know that the Lord is faithful and that this verse is true and powerful and has so much value: “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
I’m not going to say these past few years I have lived a life anywhere near perfect, one without any doubts or anger or frustration or fears, or without times of wondering why God didn’t seem to be answering me in my questioning.
But I can say I have grown. Wow, have I ever grown. Not a growth where I’m trying to say “hey, look at me, look how great I am and where I’ve made it to.”
No.
I’m talking about a growth where the Lord has increased my love for Him, where He has drawn me in closer and wrapped me up tighter and shown me a newness of life and placed in me a stronger desire to serve Him than ever before. All simply because He first loved me, because He is constantly loving me, and because He will love me forever. It’s all about Him.

The Lord has known the desires of my heart since I was born, and He knows them now even when I don’t fully recognize or know them all yet. He sees my desires and loves them because He placed them in me and knows exactly how beautiful they will be when they’re pursued.

And so, like He always does, the Lord is working everything out in His perfect timing. Within the past few weeks, I have finally declared a double major in Spanish and Political Science, and am at a school where I get to take incredible missions courses as well. I get to learn this beautiful language; I get to study international politics and relations from a Christian perspective and learn about injustices and how I could potentially work to change them; AND I get to learn about mission work, about the way the Lord has called us to all nations to share His love and message, and how there are so many strategies and aspects to missions that I never knew before.

Incredible. The desires of my heart, the things I want to study and pursue, I can. I am.

It’s a small step, I know, but it’s a beautiful one because I have seen the faithfulness of my Lord through it: how He has heard my frustrations and uncertainties and seen my tears and prayerful nights of not knowing what to do. And He has moved. He has guided me and brought me to this place and through it helped me to grow and have more faith in Him than ever before.

[ I want you to know something: I want you to know that the Lord loves you and He loves your heart. He loves your desires and your plans and your passions and He loves to help you pursue them. All because: He adores you and cherishes you and longs to have a deeper relationship with you that grows each day. And He fights for you. He fights on your behalf. He wants you to succeed, to learn, to see the world differently and through His eyes. He wants to show you a new way to live, a new way to dream, and a new way to understand this world. All you have to do is trust Him, love Him, have faith in His timing and remind yourself daily that He is in control. So whatever the desires of your heart are, know the Lord has given them to you for a reason and that if you will continue to delight in Him and trust Him, He will (in His timing and in His perfect way, not our own way), give them to you. Be patient and see.
The Lord will work all things out.]

I have grown these past few years and learned prayer is powerful and that the Lord blesses it. He blesses us for our obedience and willingness to trust Him through the tough times. I’m still sitting here wondering where I’ll be in the next few years and what I’ll be doing-- my future job is still a mystery to me and I can definitely say I still feel like I’m walking into the unknown.

The best thing though, I’ve realized, is knowing I’m not (and will never), walk into it alone.

{That my heart would be more and more like Jesus’s heart.....This is my greatest desire.}

We Are Called to Serve

Posted by Andrea & Emily on April 4, 2015

We’re excited. And we’re humbled.

We’re humbled by the fact that God, who created the entire universe and who knows all things, loves us enough to care about each and every intimate detail of our lives-- and in our case, about a small organization that is crazy about shoes.

He cares so much that He wants to be present not only in our lives but in the things we live for, meaning our PASSIONS, our DESIRES, our HEARTS. The things we care about. All of it. And this should give us HOPE! And COURAGE! And tell us we do not need to fear because God is walking with us through each moment, holding our hand. Guiding us. Giving us strength. And most of all, this should give us great faith. Not just small faith but a strong, relentless, and passionate faith; a child-like faith where all you do is trust God and believe His Word is true. Because it is. And because He is forever faithful.

Living a life for Jesus Christ calls us to a life of faith--- but also to a life of action. Faith should compel us to move. To do. To trust God, to trust that what He has called us to do will not cause us to fail because our God does not fail. Real, authentic faith is faith where you take a step out, even if to others it might make you look crazy. This kind of faith doesn’t ask for action, it demands it. We know that our works do not save us-- faith in Jesus Christ alone does (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6), but we also know that faith by itself, without works, is dead (James 2:14-17). We are called into action. We can see this perfectly in the life & ministry of Jesus.

Jesus came to serve, not to be served (Matthew 20:28). This should be our example.

This week, ask the Lord if there is anything He wants you to move on, or if there is already something you feel like He is calling you to do, then pray about that! And trust Him with it. Trust Him, through faith & with faith, believing that He will provide and help you with whatever it is!

God is able. God is faithful. We can have hope in this!

So have faith. And MOVE.

--Emily & Andrea

3,655

Posted by Andrea & Emily on December 31, 2013

Looking back upon 2013, we are amazed and overwhelmed at how good God has been to us. Over the course of this past year, Honduran Soles has been able to give out around 3,655 pairs of shoes in 6 different countries, and nearly 625 pairs to operation Christmas Child’s shoe boxes, which are distributed all around the world! We have also been able to raise almost $5,000, which will be used to purchase uniforms and black closed-toe shoes to send 250 kids to school in Zambia, Africa.

To say that God is good is a definite understatement. We are living testimonies of His faithfulness and blessing. Beginning Honduran Soles in 2011, we never could have imagined we would be where we are today, but God had/has bigger plans for this ministry.

We have seen lives changed in many different ways. True miracles occurred before our eyes- God multiplying our shoes, providing shoes when we had none left, and not to mention His favor on many different difficult circumstances including getting our shoes through customs when we were questioned and finding a lost shoe to a pair for a woman who had helped with our ministry and needed a pair of shoes. We serve a God that cares; a God that cares about the little details. He has blessed us in more ways than we can count and has provided for us too. There were times when things didn’t seem logical, or the impossible seemed to happen, and all we could reply was “only God.”

This past year has been a year filled with joy, growth, and faith. We have both learned so much through this journey. God has strengthened our faith, taught us to trust Him, and has held our hand through every step we have taken. He has shown us that through our weakness, and what little we have to offer, He can use us to do the impossible!

We truly do have much to be thankful for. We know that what little we gave this year, God has used and multiplied for His kingdom. Even in something as small as a pair of flip-flops, we have seen how God has used them to show who He is. A simple gift of shoes has been a bigger blessing to people around the world than we will ever be able to understand. To those receiving shoes, it’s a sign of hope. A sign that God loves them and cares about them, and will always provide. It’s a blessing beyond what we can comprehend.

It has been a journey, but one we wouldn’t trade. No matter what has happened, or how many shoes we have supplied, it still is all about HIM. Without God, we have nothing. He has been our strength, our guide, and our sustainer. When we take it all away, our God is still God. That’s what it’s all about. We pray that through this past year, people have seen HIM in all that we have done, and not just two young people collecting shoes. We want Him to receive all of the glory! It all comes down to this: Christ loved us enough to die for us. He died for my sister and I, two messed up sinners trying to do good. Without Him, we could never make it on our own. But by placing our faith in Him, He has opened doors and done more for us than we could ever have thought possible. He has truly saved our lives, and we pray that in all that we have done, people see Him. It’s more than just the shoes; we want people to know Jesus, to know they can have a relationship with Him that can change their lives. We want people to know their situations and circumstances, how much money they have or the house they live in – these things do not define them. God defines them by saying “I love you and care for you; your life matters. You are valuable to me. I created you with a specific purpose. You are my child.” Christ is enough, and through each pair of shoes we hand out, we pray that people feel Him and His love, and that they can come to know Him.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say a huge THANK YOU. We have the most amazing family, friends, church, and community. We have had people support us, encourage us, and inspire us. We want to say thank you to our parents for always believing in us, supporting us, and being our backbone through everything. They have sacrificed so much for us, and have been our biggest fans through everything. To our family, and friends – we really couldn’t do what we do without you all! To our church family and amazing pastors- thank you for always lifting us up in prayer, and for speaking life into us at all times. To those in the community and all who donated in some form, whether financially, donating shoes, or through prayer, THANK YOU. We are two blessed girls. We really wouldn’t be able to do what we do without all of you. We always say that we are the feet that take the shoes and distribute them, but you all are the hands always providing the shoes, support, and love.

We are just two ordinary girls who serve an extraordinary God! We know that this is just the beginning of greater things to come in 2014!

Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes.
Let’s get busy.

With so much love and grateful hearts,
Andrea & Emily Cole


And Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

 
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