Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blessed by you...

I wish there was some way to tell you how thankful we are for those of you who gave so selflessly. I wish you could have heard their laughter and seen their excitement- because you would have been blown away. Prior to giving the children their new shoes we held a meeting with their parents (those who had them anyway). We wanted to let them know that the children would be getting new shoes from some very generous donors, and we also wanted to use this opportunity to invite them to church. We asked that the parents allow the children to actually wear the shoes... which to many may seem odd. But the thing is, receiving a new pair of shoes is a BIG deal here. Such a rare occurance that they cherish them so much they actually don't want to wear them and get them dirty. We asked though that they allow the children to wear the shoes because so many of you had given for that very purpose. One mother spoke up and explained that she wanted her child to understand the value of this gift and to take good care of them. She also asked that we tell the givers how much they appreciated such a generous gift. 

So thank you.

Thank you for your beautiful hearts and for being willing to reach out to those in need.

Because of you- they saw Him.:)
























P.S I have a ton more pictures (341 of them to be exact) but I didn't have time to download them all on here. Some of you asked for pictures sent by email so I will be working on that over the next couple of days as I can. Thanks again!!! :)
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28 comments:

Suzette said...

What a wonderful look on the faces of these precious children. God is using you in such a mighty way and they are seeing Jesus through your love. Be blessed and may God continue to use you in such wonderful ways.

Reba said...

That makes my heart happy! Beautiful children, beautiful Jesus we serve.

Anonymous said...

Priceless, THANKS for sharing.

You and your family are truly a gift from God. It is so uplifting, seeing the look on those childrens face, you are truely amazing. Thanks for what you do.
Tammy from KY

Angie said...

Seriously...I have goosebumps. Could you all have a more exciting calling? Praying you have many, many parents coming to church!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

So beautiful!! Wish I were there.

xo

Adrian said...

Wow. Such a powerful picture of how Christ cleanses us, seeing their old shoes and their new...

Booking my flight to Guatemala now.

Dardi said...

Awesome...what a privilege to witness such sweetness! Love you!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love it! The excitement and joy on their faces is just priceless! Praise God!


Love you,
Heather

Amy...who wanted 4. said...

Yeahhhhh!!!! :-)

Ethridge Family said...

These are precious and priceless!

Do you have a facebook page? I would love to share more of what you do with my friends and family on facebook.

Treasures Evermore said...

Wow...incredible...Praising God with you all.

Blessings,
Connie

Stacy said...

Such happy looks on those faces! What a blessing to be able to be a part of that.

woosterweester said...

I love when you share things like this. It totally blesses my heart and spurs me on to live today to the fullest! Love to your fam,
Rory

Gina said...

While I can appreciate the sentiments of the mother who said she wanted her child to appreciate the value of the shoes and take care of them, I actually hope those children's feet feel so good in their new shoes that they play the heck out of them. :)

Leslie said...

Tears. We take so much forgranted. Beautiful to see your children tying the shoes of these precious children who are so in need. Thank you for sharing their need with us so that we could give.

Leslie said...

Tears. Beautiful to see this need met. Thank you for sharing with us so that we could give. Praying..

Gabby(: said...

Love it!
So beautiful(:

Tammy said...

This makes me smile! Praise God!:-)

Kathryn Lewis said...

what amazing pictures - the joy a pair of shoes can bring... thank you for reminding us and sharing such a wonderful moment

Leveta said...

So awesome! So precious! I love it!
Leveta

Rachel said...

That is amazing!! :)

SCC said...

I was explaining this to my 4 yr old daughter adopted from Guatemala. I was explaining the kids don't have shoes and asked her what we could do to help. She went and got her piggy bank and handed me enought money for 3 pairs of shoes. We told her she only had to buy 2 and we would buy 2. So, this is now her mission. She was on the phone calling her Aunt's asking for money. We are planning on donating some money for shoes. Do you know how much it costs to send a huge box to Guatemala of new/gently used shoes from here ? I know it is expensive but she also wants to start collecting unwanted shoes to send. Any suggestions ? Thanks and Thank you for what you are doing in Guatemala.

Phyllis said...

This makes me smile and cry at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing those pictures with us.
Phyllis

Debbie Doughty said...

The pictures tell all. That's what it's all about!

valerie in TX said...

I love this! Would love to have been there to help put shoes on these beautiful children's feet. :) Blessings to you!

Amy said...

I love these pictures! It brings such conviction of what all we take for granted including our relationship with the Lord.

Thank you for serving the children and families of Guatemala.

Amy said...

Love these pictures! It brings such conviction as we take so many things, like shoes, for granted.

Thank you for serving the families of Guatemala.

Jocelyn said...

these pictures are AMAZING, simply AMAZING! the happiness on these kids' faces, the pure joy in their hearts... it's amazing! what a gift they were given sent by love for the least of these and hearts full of Jesus!