Remember the Farewell Summer Braai we had back in March? Well, thanks to all of the young adults who attended, we raised R1,500 to provide shoes to farm children in Philippi, one of Cape Town's larger townships where approximately 80% of the entire city's vegetables are grown!
Earlier this week, members of Yebo Life partnered with a Samaritan's Feet missions team from Charlotte, North Carolina to do the shoe distribution. (I actually knew one of the team members from a previous job I had in the States! How crazy is that?!)
We drove into Philippi with Edward, a local evangelist who works with 450 area youth on a regular basis. Once we arrived on site, Edward shared with the group. "The children are in need of mentoring," he said. "Because their parents are farm workers, most of them are left to their own devices throughout the day and into the evening. Some of them don't even attend school because they don't have the necessary clothes, supplies, or transportation."
The distribution was an awesome opportunity to connect with youth who are in real need of love and guidance. Before handing out shoes, the Yebo Life and Samaritan's Feet teams displayed the love of Jesus by washing the children's feet and praying one-on-one with them.
Thanks to Edward, the day was super organized! The kids were split into two groups of 25. The youngest came first, and after the shoe distribution, we spent time playing and running around — cartwheels, dance offs, and jump ropes galore!
The second group came through, and it was made up of mostly middle and high schoolers. These youth are the leaders in their community. If you impact one of them, the chances are, you'll impact an entire crew of kids. The head boy in the group, Joshua, is just 15 years old. After much hesitation and a chat with Tony and Jeffrey, he finally decided to have his feet washed. A few younger boys gathered around Joshua to watch. It was a powerful moment.
After all of the youth were taken care of, a few members of the Samaritan's Feet team grabbed Jeffrey, Edward, and his family. They wanted to wash their feet too! Drew, one of the Americans, prayed for renewed energy and strength as these locals continue to represent Jesus in the community of Philippi. I love the photo of Jeffrey and Drew below — a true, brotherly embrace!
There are still 400 children in Philippi that Yebo Life and Samaritan's Feet would like to reach through shoe distribution. If you feel called to partner with us by sponsoring a portion of this project, please click the donate button/link below.