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Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”    That was the lesson the children shared on that chilly Sunday morning in October on a walking trail in Halfway, MO. 

In The Beginning… is a small bible study group located in the heart of the Ozarks.   Each year the group chooses worthy causes to contribute to.   This year one of the causes their youth group chose was Life’s Christmas Shoe Project, sponsoring Christmas shoes for children that do not have shoes.   They set their goal at 100 pair of shoes.  The members of the youth group decided to raise the money by asking friends and family to sponsor them to walk one mile as a group.  They called it, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” in honor of the children they would be sponsoring.  They chose a date for their walk and started fundraising.   

A few weeks later, the group gathered together and after prayer and the reading of Matthew 25:31-40, they began their walk, excited that they had indeed, made their goal to sponsor 100 pair of shoes!  A few of the brave ones, including two preschoolers, decided that to truly “walk a mile in the shoes” of the children they were sponsoring, they actually needed to try to walk barefoot just like the kids they were sponsoring the shoes for, had to do every day.  To be honest, none of them made it the full mile barefoot.  They had to stop and put their shoes on to finish, but were quick to say they were glad they had shoes and was happy to know that 100 children would no longer have to go barefoot!