Thursday, November 1, 2012

Feet to Our Faith

Serving the "least of these" is a daunting task, but one which is also incredibly exciting and rewarding.  As we serve the community of Naigobya, we are often challenged with the reality of a life spent in physical and spiritual poverty, a hopeless life. It brings us great joy to bring hope to this community by literally putting feet to our faith.

Read on as Stacy reflects on caring for the feet of our neighbor children...

Washing someone’s feet is an intimate and humbling experience.  It is symbolic of servanthood, a lowering of one’s self. Now imagine washing feet that are dirty, wounded, and infested with jiggers, feet that are seldom washed or taken care of, feet that have no shoes and have walked many dirty, dusty paths.  These are the feet of many in our community of  Naigobya.  We had the honor of washing and treating our neighbors’ feet.  As we scrubbed and cleaned these feet our hearts were so touched by the privilege of serving  the least of these in this way.  Didn’t Jesus say‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’  Were we really washing the feet of Jesus?  We were created for this, to serve, love and give of ourselves.  Such a small sacrifice on our part compared  to what Jesus did for us!
Stacy and team member Alisha Vice washing the feet of
neighbor children.

We knew that we had to do more than just wash these precious feet.  These children needed shoes to help keep their feet clean.  Off to the market we went in search of new shoes. The following week we were able to wash those dirty feet again and present Derek, Scovia, Agre, and Dennis with new shoes.  Little seven year old Derek danced and ran for joy when presented with his shoes.  It was very possible that these were the first shoes he had ever owned. The others were just as thankful; they couldn’t stop looking at their new shoes and we couldn’t stop the tears in our eyes at the joy we received in giving.  It is an experience that we will remember for a very long time.  Our hearts are full of thankfulness to be able to serve Him in such amazing ways!

Click here to see how you can donate to the Afayo Project to help us buy shoes for all the children of St. Paul's Primary School.

 Alisha washes Derek's feet
Derek has just had his feet washed, jiggers removed,
and ointment applied. Bandages help keep it clean.
Here's how you remove a jigger...
The "nurses!"
Derek receiving his shoes! A happy day!