I Was Shoeless and You Gave Me Shoes

Aug 14, 2013  |     |   General

When I am getting ready for the day, all I have to do is look in my closet and I have a myriad of shoes to pick from to go with my outfit.  I have shoes for this color scheme or that look good with this outfit.  I don’t ever have to wonder if I will have shoes to wear for that day.  Today, I was working in the Timberlake Outreach Center, which is our free thrift store for the community.  I was reminded of the reality of many people who walk through our doors as a woman and her two boys came to the front desk.  She asked if we had any boys’ shoes because her son’s shoes had started “talking.”  It was a boy maybe 4 or 5 and his shoes had long since worn out.  She seemed desperate. 

                I love working for a place that thanks to support and donations from the community, can help meet these basic needs.  If our ministry didn’t exist, this boy, quite literally would have no shoes on his feet.  This story isn’t an isolated case.  I have seen children literally come in with no shoes on in freezing temperatures.  To see children walking in without a proper winter wear is extremely common.

Matthew 25:36 says “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  This is Jesus telling his disciples what the King will say to people as they enter into eternal life with Him.  It says that they will respond, when did we ever see you naked, or sick, or in prison.  And the King responds in verse 40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Children choosing everything from
shoes to toys at Timberlake Outreach center

                Thank you to those of you who help us minster to people with real tangible and spiritual needs.  You may not think of it this way, but the shoes, clothes, or other items you donate to us are things for the Lord.  They suddenly become things of eternal value because they are going straight to the people so close to the Lord’s heart. Thank you again, we literally could not do what we do, without the support from you all!

Bethany Loux

Volunteer Department