Christmas Shoes Project
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For 10 years now His Hands International has blessed children and families in Guatemala by providing them with new socks and shoes. Many children we come across are wearing shoes that are really worn out. Worn out to the point their little toes are sticking out. Their families just can not afford this luxury. We measure their feet and make sure they have the right size shoes. Each child also receives the Gospel message that Jesus loves them and died for them and there is hope in HIM.
This program came from an inspiration from the Holy Spirit. After an earlier mission trip to Guatemala, David R Varner, Founder of His Hands International was looking through some photos that he had taken. One photo of a little girl who David interacted with seemed to just jump off the screen and into his heart. The Holy Spirit said place shoes on her feet and children like her. And since then they have placed countless pairs of shoes on needy children’s feet over the last 10 years.
In addition to the blessing of knowing you are doing good, putting a big smile on a child and their parents face, the Varner’s received an unexpected blessing. The little girl who the Lord used to start this ministry outreach is now living in their home! Rossina was 5 years old when David first met her and took her photo. That photo hung in the Varner’s home for many years as a reminder of their work, until one day a phone call changed everything. The Varner’s once again knew they had to do something and offered to give an education and a stable home for this precious little girl. Today Rossina is 14 and the Varner’s are her legal guardian’s, as she pursues her education on a student visa in a safe, loving home.
The Christmas Shoes Project was initially funded by donations from the Varner’s business, Lake Country Satellite, LLC, and other businesses, churches and families that wanted to get involved. Now it has grown to a point where we need more volunteers to help us get the word out. We need more donors of new socks and tennis shoes, and we need money to help us with the ever-increasing shipping and distribution costs.
This year has been especially hard with the drought in Guatemala. And the need is much greater. In July we gave out between 250 to 300 pairs of shoes and our supply has dwindled to just a few pairs. We really need your help to make a difference this year! Together we can accomplish more!