Sandals are a problem in Uganda with our sixteen children. Can you imagine looking after sixteen pairs of shoes? Phiona complains that as soon as she buys sandals for the children they are broken or missing. When I look at the sandals for sale in the local markets I can understand why they only last a few weeks. They are foam and with just a little play they give out and break. The children naturally came from a barefoot place and prefer to be barefoot but we are seeking to protect their health and safety over comfort and ease. In Africa a child has to take deworming tablets twice a year. The primary ways of getting intestinal worms is by eating with dirty hands and from walking barefoot. I don’t know the science of it, and I probably don’t want to know, but the worms can enter through the skin on the feet. Eww, I know. Not only are there worms but there’s no official trash pick up so the risk of being cut is great. I giggle to myself as I hear Robert or Phiona scold a child for running barefoot down to the water well. They get sent home with their heads hanging low as they miss their fun. As a mom I have experienced the same frustration.
Phiona has asked me to bring some sturdy velcro strap sandals for the boys and girls. She knows that things from America hold up much better than the cheap foam they can buy on the street. I am not soliciting. I am inviting you to buy a pair of sandals for a child in Uganda. There are several ways we can do this. You can donate 30 dollars and I will shop. Or you can get the great joy yourself and I’ll send you the name and size of the shoe and you can send them to me. I have to have the shoes by April 25! So this is not something to procrastinate about.
Yes, I could go buy shoes with money I have raised from selling crafts. I could. But I know something. The children are praying daily to God to provide for new shoes. Phiona has told them, don’t expect Mama Tonya to give you everything you need, you have to ask God to provide. So I am interested in their prayers being answered. I believe that if God hears a prayer from a child in Uganda he can put the answer on the heart of a loving person in America! I get to be the messenger and storyteller.
If your heart is moving you to purchase a pair of sandals for one of our children so they can run and play safely contact me now! I think it would be fun to send a photo of you and a small wish or prayer for the child so I can tie it to the shoes. Won’t it just be so amazing for this child to see God answer prayers? I just might have to video tape the moment they receive their new shoes so everyone can see their pure gratitude and worship to a God who does provide in miraculous ways.
I hope you will do this for a child! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
….by the way… I can only hope I get a greater response than sixteen…and if I am able to collect more sandals I can share with the children who live in the villages where our kids come from as they are still barefoot.