Thank you for signing up for next Sunday’s “Shoes of Hope” event.  It’s a beautiful chance to help give away (new figure) close to 500 pairs of shoes to children and adults in one of Charlotte’s most fragile neighborhoods.  There are still dozens of opportunities to serve.  Today, I wanted to share with you more background on this historic, unique opportunity.

Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza to visit Charlotte

We accepted with gratitude the “Shoes of Hope” invitation to serve from Samaritan’s Feet this month.  Because of your generosity, Elevation Church is able to support this event with both money and volunteers.  The founder of Samaritan’s Feet, Manny Ohonme invited the President of Burundi to visit Charlotte to bring attention to what’s happening in that landlocked nation in Africa.

Burundi is surrounded by other nations you’ve probably heard of; Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Republic of Congo.  Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and has faced some of the most devastating violence in modern history.  Between 1962 and 1993 – 250,000 people were murdered there in mass killings in Hutu-Tutsi civil wars.

Right now, there is a fragile peace in Burundi.  Emerging from a 12-year civil war, the people are beginning to reap the benefits of international mediation and support leading to this peace.

On Sunday when we serve – we’ll be there with some of the Burundi people.  We’ll be serving beside Samaritan’s Feet, and Forest Hill Church.  So not only will we be helping to give away hundreds of pairs of shoes to children and adults in a needy Charlotte neighborhood, we’ll be sharing in the opportunity to show honor to people from Burundi, to build relationships with friends in our church, and other believers in other churches as well.

I’m excited about the stories that will come from this opportunity.  About how God will use us not only to love children from our outreach partner, One7 – but also how he will allow us to share God’s love with others here in our city and from all the way across the world.

Volunteer spaces are filling quickly.  Go now to the Elevation Church outreach page and then click on the blue SERVE button.  Scroll down the page to find the drop-down menu of all our upcoming outreach opportunities.  I’m looking forward to seeing you Sunday at “Shoes of Hope.”