Last week I spent several days in Scottsbluff, Nebraska attending God in Shoes.  This was a ten-day event planned by Sue Carlson and a group of volunteers from the Scottsbluff area.

Heather welcoming the ladies

Friday was Spa Day, you should have seen the excitement on the ladies faces as they walked into a lovely room created to resemble a spa.  The room was filled with special surprises for each lady.  They could have a manicure, facial, massage and a new pair of shoes.  There was even lucious finger food to nourish the body.

These women looked like kids in a candy store they were so excited.  It was fun to just see the look on their face as they were pampered.

Shopping for shoes

My job was to massage hands, I massaged for five hours and finally my hands felt like I had been milking a cow for hours and I changed to polishing nails. 

The stories I heard as I rubbed hands were incredible, stories of heartache and abuse, stories of mistakes, stories of goals and no goals.  What I took away from that day was how can I make a difference for women who can’t look beyond what they have always known.

Their stores are about three generations deep and there seems no way out but to continue on.  The biggest goal I heard was to go to school and become a CNA.  There is nothing wrong with being a CNA but I couldn’t help but wonder if there could be something even better for them.

Each evening the people who came were given a wonderful meal, a better living seminar and a Bible lesson.

God in Shoes was a wonderful week and I look forward to helping with it next year in Wichita.  If you have questions about this program please comment.