My husband, two of our closest friends, and one of our amazing youth all traveled to Swaziland this past summer to work with Heart for Africa. And the trip was even more exciting this year because TOMS shoes has partnered with Heart for Africa and they go to do a shoe distribution day. When I skyped with Rob that night, my eyes filled with tears as he told me what happened that day. Since I wasn't there, I asked my friend Amber to write a blog post for me about it. Prepare to be amazed, my friends!
Here you go:
So my friend Kirstin asked me to guest blog and tell a little about my recent
trip to Africa. My first thought was, "I'm not a writer, I can't do this", but
then I realized, why did I go if not to give my testimony about how God is an
amazing and loving God.
My husband and I went to Swaziland, Africa over
the summer. We went with a Christian organization called Heart for Africa to
love on and encourage the people of Swaziland. This summer Heart for Africa
partnered with TOMS shoes. One of our objectives while we were there was to shoe
the children of Swaziland. Towards the end of our trip we got to spend three
days at a school called Ebholi. About 300 children attend this school from
The first day there we played with the kids, sized them for
the shoes they would be getting the next day and helped with planting a garden.
It was an amazing time and it made me miss my three children back home.
The next day we set up shop in one of the classrooms. As we were bringing in the
14 boxes of shoes we became a little nervous that we had three boxes of size 219
shoes, knowing we had not ordered that many of that size.
One by one the
children came in to receive their new shoes. We began with the biggest sizes. We
were on a roll. Shoes were fitting, children were smiling and we were incredibly
humbled- being on your hands and knees putting shoes on those less fortunate
than you will immediately change your perspective on life. And then it happened-
our fear- we were running out of the sizes we needed. We still had children that
needed size 240, 236, 228 and so on and we didn't have anymore, all we had to
fit those children were the three boxes of 219. And so we prayed- we prayed
You know how you hear people say 'It was a God thing'? Well we were
standing in the presence of "a God thing"! Those three boxes of size 219 fit
children who the day before had been sized for a bigger size or a smaller size.
It was a miracle and the looks on our faces said it all as the children were
walking out with these miracle shoes. How were they fitting?, and not
ill-fitting either, they were fitting perfectly!
It seems that people
claim 'it was a God thing' after the fact; we knew we were standing in the
presence of God working. It was happening right before our eyes.
trip changed our lives and we can't wait to get back. To serve the least of
these is what our Savior Jesus Christ has commanded us to do and so we will.