Feb 11, 2014
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Fabiola, a bright and energetic 9-year-old, lives with her three brothers, step-father and mother in Honduras. Like many in Fabiola’s community, they survive on a small income, barely able to provide life’s basic needs.
Fabiola’s daily journey on the uneven, rocky terrain to attend school at the Buckner Family Hope Center was done in a pair of old worn-out sandals, the only pair of shoes she owned, until a group of volunteers with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls visited her community last year.
Fabiola dreams of the day she can become a doctor and help the people who so desperately need medical attention in her community. Buckner is helping Fabiola obtain her dream by providing education, health and hope through a new pair of shoes.
“When children receive a pair of new shoes in Honduras, their faces shine with hope. It isn’t just a pair of shoes to them. It is a means of staying healthy, avoiding diseases and knowing that someone cares for them,” said Luis Aguilar, missions coordinator for Buckner in Honduras.
Jan 22, 2014
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We know 2014 is going to be a big year for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® – not only because it’s our 15th anniversary, but because we have set a huge goal that we need YOU to be a part of: delivering the 3 millionth pair of shoes by the end of 2014.
Shoes are essential for children’s health as a first line of defense against parasites, cuts, infections and other injuries. Shoes can mean education for many children around the world, where shoes are required for school attendance and families lack the resources to purchase them on their own. Shoes can also provide an orphan child with hope and the assurance that someone cares about them – for many, these shoes are the only item they truly have as their own.
We won’t reach the 3 million mark without your help! Here are five ways you can get involved with Shoes for Orphan Souls this year.
- Commit to Pray. Set a reminder on your calendar to pray for the following:
• That individuals, churches, organizations, schools and businesses around the country will partner with us to collect more shoes this year than ever before.
• For our domestic staff and volunteers who serve in the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid as they work to process the shoes for international shipment.
• That each overseas shipment will be cleared for export without any delays, arrive safely to its destination and be processed quickly and efficiently in-country.
• That our shoe delivery trips will fill up volunteers who will be the hands and feet of Christ to those we serve.
• That each child who receives a pair of shoes this year will know that he or she is valuable, loved and known by God.
- Go on a Mission Trip. There are six shoe delivery trips scheduled for five different countries beginning in late June. Are you being called to go and serve? Check out the 2014 trip calendar to find a trip that’s right for you.
- Host a Shoe Drive. Sign up now and be a part of collecting the 3 millionth pair of shoes in 2014. Hosting a shoe drive is simple – we’ll send you all the promotional materials you need to have a successful drive.
- Donate a Pair of Shoes/Give Online. A $25 donation is all it takes to provide one child with a pair of new shoes. Click here to donate now.
- Join our Email List (and follow us on Facebook and Twitter). Stay connected to the latest news and inspirational stories from Shoes for Orphan Souls. Click here to join our email list and start getting bimonthly updates.
Nov 15, 2013
Filed in Giving, Going
By Lauren Hollon Sturdy
Like many other parents, Kristin and Michael took their young daughters on a shoe shopping trip around the start of the new school year. After careful consideration, Addison, 5, and Jillian, 3, agreed that they each wanted a pair of turquoise tennis shoes with Velcro straps.
Although these shoes would have fit Addison and Jillian perfectly, they were destined for the feet of other children – two girls the family hadn’t even met yet. Read the rest of this entry
Nov 15, 2013
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By Carolyn Thurman
Can God use a tiny seed or a small pebble to accomplish His mighty purposes? He can, and He does! What about the parable of the mustard seed? What about little David and the pebble he picked up to slay Goliath? God continues His work today in the same ways we read in the Bible.
Most people have never heard of the small town of Perryton nestled in the Texas panhandle. There, God has used a small church in a small community to accomplish great things!
It started at the September 2011 Woman’s Missionary Union meeting, where each woman found a small magazine at her seat. Carolyn Thompson opened this booklet and God opened her heart to a ministry she had never heard of – Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. Her heart broke for children around the world without shoes.
She committed to do something and soon had the children at First Baptist Perryton involved in collecting money for shoes and socks. For two years, she led this small church to greater and greater involvement, and God moved deeper in her heart to accomplish more.
In 2013, she saw that Buckner was planning a mission trip to Russia. Carolyn, her husband and two other couples committed to go to St. Petersburg to serve orphans and “plant seeds.”
She planned a trip to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in July 2013 to prepare the hearts of those going to Russia. People of all ages signed up to serve in Dallas. Even the small children were used by God to draw pictures, place them inside shoes, carry the shoes and place them in proper bins.
Before leaving, many tried “The Barefoot Experience,” where they walked without shoes on the simulated ground of different countries to experience what children without shoes endure daily. As a young mother watched her children try it, God began to work a plan in her mind. Read the rest of this entry
Nov 8, 2013
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After your shoe drive ends and your shoes are shipped to Texas, processed, stuffed with a handwritten note, packed up in boxes, loaded into a shipping container and sent to their final destination, they go to children like Miarely.
Miarely is a 9-year-old girl in Mexico who receives new shoes through Shoes for Orphan Souls® and other services through a Buckner Family Hope Center, and she wanted to share a little more about her life and her family.
My name is Miarely Monserrat. I was born on February 25, 2004, in Sola de Vega, Mexico. I grew up in a very happy home with my parents and brother, but after I came to live in the city of Oaxaca everything changed, because it wasn’t like the town I grew up in.
My parents suffered a lot because there wasn’t enough food for us. Here in Oaxaca, food is very expensive, so my mom and dad both went to work to try to sustain our household. Read the rest of this entry