Most of you did not know my mom. She was a great person. A really great person. I miss her a lot. She did so much for the people of Haiti. Everyone knew who madame Zach was. She work long hours doing jobs most people would not do. She saved every penny she could to make the funds stretch for us. She loved the people that passed through the clinic. She tried to minister to everyone that she could. She loved the ways the women sewed their clothes. Some using different scraps of material to make a dress. She looked at people and loved them for who they were. I do not know when it started but she began asking people to trade their clothes or shoes with her. She would either give them a new pair of shoes or give them money to buy a pair. Why? She wanted people to see with their own eyes a pair of worn out shoes. She wanted them to think about it. So she put these shoes or clothes on the tables where we set out our info and pictures we we spoke at churches. She wanted people back home to have a something they could relate to in turn pray for the people of Haiti. She also wanted to bless a person with a pair of shoes. She was a great lady. Anyway back to the picture above. Someone came to my house last month. In their hand was a plastic grocery sack. Inside the sack was the shoe above. This is the story they told me. Before my mom died, Which was 4 years ago, an old man came to the clinic. Mom did the shoe switch with him. He was very happy with his new pair of shoes. He told his friends and family what madame Zach had done. They said they knew she was a christian. He has been wearing the shoes to work in the garden and walk to different places. Now he is getting older they told me and he could not make the walk down to the clinic to ask for a new pair of shoes. So he found someone that was coming down and sent one shoe with them. He needed a new pair. As you can tell his old pair is getting a little worn out. I fixed him up with a new pair, but of course wanted to keep the old one. It sits in the office so Lori and I can remember an act of kindnesses mom did for a old guy passing through the clinic. Even though she most likely saw over 100 patients that day, she took the time to spend a few extra minutes with this man. She showed him the love of Christ through her actions. She did not have to preached it, or quote it from the Bible. She simple showed him what Jesus would have done. So simple but with lasting effects. She had a gift that allof us have if we are just willing to use it. We can do small acts of kindness to show other the Jesus that lives in us. We can give a hug, we can say a kind word to someone, we can even buy someone a new pair of shoes. These acts of showing people Jesus go a long way.
Luke 6:38 (The Message)
37-38“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
Colossians 3:15-17 (The Message)
15-17Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.