On Friday, January 30, Hear His Heart went to serve at Crisis Assistance Ministry. We were thrilled to be able to assist this ministry that helps the poor in our community. We had fun sorting clothes and preparing them to be placed in their store. We also had the pleasure of seeing our friend, Pierre, again. We enjoyed the opportunity to pray for him and give him encouraging words.
On Friday, January 16, Hear His Heart went to Samaritan's Feet to serve at their warehouse by sorting soap, shampoo, lotion and various items that had been donated to them. While there, we watched a video about this organization and learned that it was started by a Nigerian man, Emmanuel "Manny" Ohnome. As a young boy, Manny was approached in his village by a missionary from Wisconsin who invited Manny to enter a contest where the prize was a pair of shoes. Manny won the contest and earned his first ever pair of shoes. But even more important than the pair of shoes, were the words of hope shared by this "Good Samaritan." The missionary gave not only the gift of shoes to this young boy, but he also gave the gift of encouragement about believing in your dreams, reaching for the sky, and never giving up.
That gift of hope propelled the young boy to work hard at developing his talents, skills, and confidence. As a young man, he turned those lessons into success, earning a full basketball scholarship to a college in America.
Earning his Bachelors and Masters, Manny was climbing the ladder of success in the technology industry when on a trip home to Nigeria, his passion and compassion collided and became a vision of Samaritan's Feet. Determined to make a difference, both in his homeland and around the world, Manny and his wife, Tracie, began Samaritan's Feet in 2003.
Through Samaritan's Feet, Manny has the opportunity to continue the legacy of love and hope he received when he was given his first pair of shoes and to make a difference in the lives of millions.
We were thankful to learn about this ministry and were blessed to be able to serve them. We once again were able to see that one person's dream and vision can have an impact on the world.