For over 12 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’t 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 12 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 16 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. Because shipping expenses have soured over the past several years, we looked for new ways to administer this program without the added expense of shipping. We developed a wholesale relationship with a Guatemala shoe manufacturer Chicote. We now can purchase a pair of shoes for around $4. This allows us to help children more quickly and efficiently. So if you donated shoes in the past, please consider making a monetary donation and we will ensure a child in need receives new shoes.
We really need your help to continue making a difference. Together we can accomplish more!