Shoes are very important to children in Africa. Without shoes, children are exposed to dangerous parasites and sharp objects that can cause serious wounds and infections. However, in Uganda shoes are often too expensive for families to buy for their children.
God started his work of transformation when Henry Tower was 12 years old, and Henry remembers it perfectly. He was walking through Marjay Town, on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, with his container of kerosene on his head when he saw Karim.
After his father died, Peter's family never had enough to eat. "My mother could only afford to buy beans and vegetables—but never meat," he says. Every Christmas, Peter's family would scrape together everything they had for a meal. "We would struggle to buy a little meat, but it was never enough."
Kim Killinger and her fellow Venture Team members watched as the Malawian teachers opened their gifts. “The twelve teachers slowly peeked into their bags,” says Kim, “and quickly erupted into cheers, African chants, singing, dancing, clapping, high-fiving, and praising.” When Kim and her friends had filled the bags with school supplies, they had no idea just how much those supplies would mean to the Malawian teachers. Kim let tears run down her cheeks, realizing this was more than just a celebration—she’d been a part of something really special.