Faithful prayer partners,
Our first fundraiser, Chick-fil-a Walk a Mile in My Shoes is quickly approaching! I’d like to thank our event sponsors, Chick-fil-a, McFarlin’s Jewelers, and First United Bank for making the walk possible. I’d also like to thank our big shoe sponsor, Xcel Energy, and small shoe sponsors Amarillo National Bank, Advanced Eye Care of Amarillo, and Snack Pak 4 Kids. You’ve helped us get the walk off the ground and we will always be grateful. We will be doing a registration day at all area Chick-fil-as from 10-2 Saturday, May 19. If you can’t come to Chick-fil-a to pick up a packet, you can download one by going to the home page of this website and clicking on Walk a Mile in My Shoes. Packets and donations can be turned in at the Get Fit location on Georgia or you can simply bring them to the walk. We hope to see you there! Please pray that this walk would raise the money needed and that God would give us wisdom to use the money He gives us to minister to those in poverty in our community. If you’d like to help us collect shoes we need, go to the shoe closet tab on the home page of this website and click on “Needs”.
We have 9 mission groups that will serve this summer. They will do work projects ranging from painting homes of the elderly living in low income neighborhoods to organizing the shoe closet to doing maintenance at Hope Welcome Center. In the afternoons, these groups will do Summer Kids Clubs in apartment communities throughout Amarillo. Please pray that God would use these groups to bless those they minister to and that they would learn a lot about God’s redemptive purpose and the role they play in it.
As we near the end of the school year, I stand in utter amazement at all that God has done through Mission Amarillo. As of this writing, we have given away 1,662 pairs of shoes to students in Amarillo, Bushland, Canyon, and River Road ISDs. Receiving a new pair of shoes means a lot to a student. Stephanie Braddock of the Bushland ISD does a summer camp for impoverished kids in her school district. When she asked one student what he looked forward to most at camp, he replied, “Getting a new pair of shoes!”. Lisa Boydston at Sanborn Elementary told me of one fifth grade girl who was all smiles when she received her shoes and was still smiling when she saw her in the hall two hours later. I’m thankful God has chosen to us Mission Amarillo to show these kids He hasn’t forgotten for them. Please pray that God would continue to use Mission Amarillo to affect kids lives.
Last of all, remember our ministries in the apartment communities. Our property missionaries do a great job of loving the residents and meeting needs. We have four communities that are primarily refugee communities and have their own unique set of blessings and challenges. Some of these communities have residents who have lived there for years and others who only stay a short time and move on. However, our volunteers serve faithfully no matter the circumstances and do a great job of showing the love of God to the people who live in these communities. Please pray that they would be encouraged, that they would experience the joy of serving, and that God would bless them and give them a sense of peace as they serve Him in these communities.
Thanks for your faithful prayer support. Come out to the Walk if you’re available on Saturday, May 26!