My final blog for this week is about footwear – so essential during the winter months. Whether we face ice, snow or rain, we will feel miserable if our feet get cold, our footwear leaks or our shoes are inadequate. This topic highlights more of the striking differences between our experience of winter in the UK and that felt by many families in Eastern Europe. Feel free to share this content with your friends…
Bob Northey, Communications Officer, TEN
Not so long ago, my wife and I were going for a walk with a friend (in our bubble). It had been raining and the path was quite muddy. Wellington boots were required. After walking a short distance, our friend suddenly stopped and with a downcast look, she explained that one of her boots had a leak and water was soaking her sock. We carried on, but things soon got worse. Every alternate step produced the sound of a definite squelch, which I found rather amusing. This was the last time these boots would be worn.
It made me think about how so many poor people in Eastern Europe suffer as a result of inadequate footwear, especially during the winter. Feet become cold, wet and at risk of frostbite and infection. The gift of a new pair of shoes or Wellington boots is transformative. How much easier is life when your feet are warm and dry. TEN’s WinterHelp appeal provides new footwear for adults and children in Eastern Europe. Donations made to WinterHelp have already made a huge difference to families you are unlikely to ever meet and like the one shown below.
Bianca is 14 years old and has a very rare form of cancer. For two years she has been cared for by Emanuel Hospice in Oradea, Romania. Bianca’s mother had to be with her while she was in the hospital and this meant that she was unable to work to support Bianca and her two younger sisters. The sisters were embarrassed to go to school because their shoes were so unsuitable. Thanks to WinterHelp donations, Emanuel Hospice were able to provide all three daughters with new shoes as well as jackets to keep them warm this winter. These gifts mean everything to Bianca and her family. Because of your generosity and Emanuel Hospice’s dedication, they’ve experienced God’s care.
THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING MY WINTER BLOG AND FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE WORK OF TEN