Here is a typical shoe tying in Ohio, a shop used for collecting shoes from many shops, businesses, and churches. When there are 1200 to 1500 pairs of shoes ready to be processed, a shoe tying evening is scheduled for all who would like to come help. They are tied together, bagged, weighed, marked for weight, amount, and documented, then taken out to the storage area adjacent to the shop. When approximately 850 bags are processed, they are loaded into a semi trailer and sent to Virginia.
On occasion, Nat & Zipporah come to visit in Ohio and request we have a shoe tying evening when they are present. Here is a picture of an evening that they were here to help. This allows them to see first hand how the process takes place. It it also a true blessing for our friends and family to share an evening with them as it renews our relationships.
Old & young alike enjoy fellowship as we tie shoes for the benefit of widows in Kenya.
Filling the semi trailer with shoe bags to go to Virginia. Lynn oversees the shipment to Kenya.
Shoe loading crew, so thankful for good help!
Plenty of room for shoe bags!!
Used shoes are collected in Virginia, Ohio, and California in America. When enough shoes from all areas are collected to fill a large container, they are shipped to Virginia to be inspected, loaded into the container and fumigated. Usually, a container is donated and shipping funds are also covered by donations. They are shipped from Norfolk, Virginia and they are in shipment approximately three months. When they arrive in Kenya, duty taxes are paid, then shipped to Kiserian where they are sold to shoe vendors. The proceeds are then used to buy land for the widows housing. If you would be interested in knowing more about this ministry, or to have a shoe drive in your community, business, or church, please contact the following: