A first-grade girl made direct eye contact with the woman who had washed her feet and was then putting new shoes on them. “You will all be blessed,” the girl said.
That moment made a lasting impression on Challys Williams, a Temple Baptist Church member who helped with the Samaritan’s Feet outreach at Cypress Springs Elementary School in Ruston, La., recently. “Oh, what a precious little girl,” Williams said. “May we stop to pray for her and the others to receive salvation.”
The recent project was Temple’s first time working with Samaritan’s Feet. That organization (which is not affiliated with Samaritan’s Purse) “serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities,” as stated on its website.
Helping to provide shoes for children is one way in which Temple’s people reach out in Jesus’ name to Ruston and its surrounding communities. John 13 records His setting the example for Christians as He washed the feet of His disciples.
Williams related a second anecdote from the project, one that involved two brothers. The boys are active in their church, so they were familiar with the scripture as she reminded them of Jesus’ example of humility and service in ministry. She encouraged them to follow that example for their mother, and she later heard them talking about washing each other’s feet. Williams observed: “Oh, don’t you know our Lord was enjoying seeing His little children catching a nugget of His truth? Pray that they will live His truth every day.”
The socks and shoes that children received in the Samaritan’s Feet project will one day wear out and be discarded. With God’s blessing, however, the spiritual truths that they received will grow and prosper in their lives.