27 young children...5 pairs of shoes. It was my third Buckner International "Shoes For Orphan Souls" trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. We were at one of Buckner's Family Hope Centers. Our volunteers totaled about 20. Overall, there were approximately 160 kids at the center. In our group, "Team Rojo," we had 27 young boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 4. After we had colored pictures with them and attempted to teach them a scripture memory verse, it was time for our kids to receive their new shoes and socks. When we entered the room, Ashley Williamson (who now serves as manager for "Shoes For Orphan Souls") looked a bit shaken. She informed us that there weren't enough shoes for our kids. She knew of only 5 pairs that would fit our small kids. She had another bag that had 6-8 pairs of shoes, but she felt like they would probably be too small. So that's where we stood...27 kids...5 pairs of shoes. What happened? We began washing feet and putting shoes on the feet of the children. Half an hour later, all 27 children had new shoes on their feet, and Ashley showed us 10 pairs of shoes that were left over. It was a miracle reminiscent of the 5 loaves and 2 fish in Matthew 14:15-21. May God be praised for multiplying shoes in Oaxaca!
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(Photo of Andy listening to a Bible story with a group of children in Oaxaca, Mexico)