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God In Shoes - Kansas City
Updated: Oct 5, 2014

Early one Friday morning in September, 47 Midland Adventist Academy high school students and teachers joined Sue Carlson, and Pastors Chanda Nunez and Rayshaun Williams at the Central States Conference Center to prepare for God in Shoes--Kansas City.

Principal Randy Bovee says, “the students assembled 500 Family Fun Day Tote Bags and 500 Ladies' Spa Day Tote Bags, organized 500 pairs of shoes into large black garbage bags according to size, and placed tags in the books and Bibles that will be handed out throughout the God in Shoes events. While working quickly and efficiently, the students added prayers for God's blessing on the items that they were preparing for the community."

After the event, Sue Carlson, Women’s Ministries Director, got this letter from Megan Schlinsog, a senior at Midland who helped with the recent God in Shoes program in Kansas City:

"I am a senior from MAA. Our bible class was asked to help with the children's health expo on the family fun day part of God In Shoes. This consisted of eight stations, and at the last one all the kids received a Bible. I was working at the first station, and even there I was amazed at how much some of the people wanted Bibles.

I remember there was one parent who came through with her kids, and wanted to make sure that her kids would get Bibles. At the very first station, she told her kids that they should pay attention so they could get Bibles so she could read to them from the Bible. This was very surprising to me, as I have always grown up with multiple Bibles in my house. When she said this, it really hit me that not everyone has the privilege of having multiple translations of the Bible always available to them. I was so glad that I could be a part of helping these children get a Bible so they could know Jesus.

I honestly left wondering if I was more blessed than the families that I was supposed to be serving. These Bibles that we gave them are great for children. They are at a third grade reading level, so the kids can understand them. I had the very same translation when I was kid, and sometimes I still like to read from it for its clarity and ease of language. It makes me happy that these kids will be getting such a usable translation."

Sue also got this note from SA President Hannah O'Rear:

“I had a great experience at God in Shoes. I was able to help at the final station of the children's expo where we were handing out Bibles. My favorite part of this experience was seeing the kids react when they received their Bible. I saw a lot of faces light up and even heard some say, "Wow, I've been wanting one of these!" It was definitely a very humbling experience considering I've always grown up with a Bible. It was also great because you got to see your help in the community directly.”

Midland believes in community service. Yes, yes we do. (thanks to The Cutting Edge for the story and pics)