The mission team was just a mile from the Mexico border. They were setting up a shoe distribution at Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville, TX for around 150 people. Those 150 people had left everything behind in Mexico in search of a safer, better life.
“These shoes are marvelous; this is the first gift [immigrants] receive as they come into the United States. After their long journeys, someone sits and shows how much they care by washing their feet. It means so much and how much they care as they begin their new journey,” said Oswald, Good Neighbors Settlement House.
Upperclassmen from Charlotte Christian High School were serving along the Texas – Mexico border with Samaritan’s Feet and Border Perspectives, an organization that provides service-learning experiences along the South Texas border.
“Serving together with Samaritan’s Feet has been a very pleasant experience because through this action, this activity, we see many smiling faces,” said Eunice Moya, Community Partner, Border Perspectives. “Truly, my heart was filled with joy. I had an experience with a single mother who has six children. She was happy, she was crying with pleasure, she was crying with happiness, because she said her children were going to go to school and they had no shoes.”
Over the week, the team would serve around 1,000 individuals along the border, most who have just arrived to the United States. They would give these individuals a new pair of shoes—a welcomed gift, as many had traveled so far and so long by foot in search of safety and security.
“I am a single mother of 8 children, and I cannot financially provide for my family. Today we feel very blessed and thank the Lord for providing shoes to our entire family,” said a mother who was served in South Texas. Another mother said, “It feels great to have a basic need like shoes provided. Thank you, Samaritan’s Feet and Border Missions, for making today happen.”
Many recipients told those who served them that they had walked so much recently and were so grateful for their new, comfortable shoes. Even the leadership team for Border Perspectives, a partner of Samaritan’s Feet, knew the significance a new pair of shoes could have on families.
“I grew up without shoes. My family was very humble and only bought shoes once a year for all my brothers and myself, there were 8 of us. My father was a pastor and the pastorate life is always difficult when it comes to meeting the needs of the family. But I had a warrior mother who always looked out for us so that her children had what they needed, and through her sacrifice we could obtain one pair of shoes per year. When we received that pair of shoes, per year, we were happy,” said Moya.