These Boots Were Made for Walking
In Honduras, the main mode of transportation is “shoe leather express”. Sure, there are cars, buses, and taxis, but for the most part in the poor villages, the people walk everywhere. When there is notice that a village is going to have a team from the states to hold clinic, people will walk for hours to see a doctor or nurse to receive medicine. Today, I want to talk about, These Boot Were Made for Walking all over the mountains.
The medical team from my home church in Pennsylvania always raised money to purchase rubber boots to hand out to those who needed shoes. The boots cost $3.oo a pair but now they are about $5.00 a pair but still not a bad price.
When rainy season arrives, from May until about November or December, the people track around in mud. Through the fields, up mountains, and even the roads are mud, thick mud. Their shoes that they have, become damaged from all of the water and mud. Many times, they will wear flip flops, but they don’t have much protection from the weather and it’s cold in the mountains when it’s raining all of the time. Another big problem that occurs from having wet feet all of the time is fungus…athletes feet. I will write about that another time. Therefore, rubber boots are very welcomed.
One time, my husband was attending to a little boy that he was trying to take his boot off to give him a new pair. His were ripped and very well worn. Well, he couldn’t remove them and asked the boy to take them off and he couldn’t. Hmm? How long were they on his feet? Finally, Don cut them off his feet. His feet weren’t in good condition and there was an odor that was almost unbearable. You, just must hold your breath and smile.
On another occasion, I treated a little boy who had an ugly-looking second degree burn on his ankle. I took off his rubber boot and had no socks, which they, usually, don’t have and there it was an exposed burn. It wasn’t treated, or covered in any way, just a dirty rubber boot. That had to hurt, burn and was on the way to being infected. A hot coal dropped down into his boot from the mud cook stove in his home. Many burn accidents occur in the homes when mom is out working in the fields and the young children are home to fend for themselves.
Just think how many rubber boots you could afford to give to these children. If you want to donate to buy a pair or boots, please go to my ministry site and donate through paypal and write a note that it is for boots. Click here: www.honduras4godministry.com Let’s Count Our Blessings! It is the season of Thanksgiving.
We may have met by chance…But we become friends by choice.