Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Flip Flop Fleet

Before I dive into this post and explain the 50 pairs of flip flops that are in the picture, I want to back up to Sunday. The girls were part of a "commissioning" on Sunday in their SS classes for doing God's work. They were given the opportunity to show their desire to be used by God in any special job that He gives them to do. This week they had made a list of different ways that they could serve God (give gifts to needy families, visit the elderly in nursing homes, collect toys or shoes for orphans...all their ideas). I wanted to piggy back off of this idea of serving others. To encourage them, I told them we would find some way that they could be used to reach out to others.












OK, fast forward to last night, when I got a comment from someone new on a post and I figured I would track down the blog and see who it was. The blog I found was called Flip Flop Fleet (click HERE). The whole blog is dedicated to finding "friends" to collect (or buy) 50 pairs of shoes and donate them to needy children in Haiti or other needy locations. This sounded like something the girls would really enjoy. I wanted to jump right on the newness of wanting to serve so I pitched the idea this afternoon. They decided to use their own money (from their business ~ HERE) to buy the shoes. We headed out and found the deals at Target and Walgreens. (50-75 cents each pair)












We are a very ACTION oriented family. As I speak, the shoes are boxed up and ready to go. Less than 24 hours of finding this ministry. I am so proud of my girls for desiring to serve in any way and to sacrifice their own money. They have already asked if we can do more than 50 shoes. I love their hearts.

Swing by the Flip Flop Fleet blog to see if this is something you and your family might be interested in doing. (click HERE)

15 comments:

Susan said...

That is TOO cool and totally fun for the girls to be so practical in helping others. Rah Rah. I heard the other day some statistic about less than half the world's population doesn't have shoes. Wow. We always do Samaritan's Purse's Shoebox gifts at Christmas and send our little "shoe box boy" (yes, we call him that and pray for him with that name) socks...but what if he didn't have shoes...

Julie said...

That is so great!!

chewhi said...

very cool!!!

Lee & Bev said...

LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! What a creataive idea and what fun the firls must have had picking out shoes to send. I bet the postage was almost as much as the shoes! I am so proud of them and for you - their mama - in helping them to "put some shoe leather" into their desire to do something for God this week!

Lee & Bev said...

Our hearts are heavy for Darren and Olivia. What a beautiful testimony on his blog. Although we steadfastly believe in God's sovereignty and that"His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts" we still ache and hurt for Misty's family. Father God, may your Spirit be an uncomprehensible source of peace and comfort to this precious family.

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cindy said...

How cool is that?!? I love that your girls were excited enough to want to do more!

Kidmo Blog said...

Way to go Girls!!!! I'm totally proud of you!
~daddy

Susan said...

Hey Chuck, are you blogging from Kidmo? I also wanted to ask Cris if you send them to with the States or to Haiti?? How much was your mailing costs for all those flip flops?

Susan said...

I checked out her Fleet of Flip Flops blog...very cool.

Denise said...

You girls are totally awesome! Way to go! From Denise a friend of flip flop fleet.

steffany said...

You guys rock.

Christine said...

What a terrific idea! Your family is such a testimony to serving God.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

That is very cool! I love your action orientation! Too often I sit and think of good ideas but don't take action- thanks for the inspiration to just do it!