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Event Evokes Last Supper

Rising Hope, Samaritan’s Feet wash feet, distribute shoes.

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Jackie Pegram of Samaritan Feet tells the story of the Last Supper.

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Lines form at the door with participants waiting for their feet to be washed.

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Rick Harshman washes the feet of a young child.

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Rick Harshman fits shoes to the child before they say a prayer together.

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Prayers and wishes were spoken softly throughout the washing room as the participants waited for new shoes.

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With a leap and a bounce, children try out the new shoes and head outside to the other activities.

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Miss Jennifer of Rising Hope hands out handmade shoe bags to all of the participants.

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Palms were given out to all of the participants in the Bible Study class in commemoration of Palm Sunday.

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A moon bounce is shoeless entertainment.

Staff and volunteers from Samaritan’s Feet came to Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church on Russell Road Monday, April 6, in a joint mission.

Samaritan's Feet was conceived over 28 years ago in Lagos, Nigeria when a stranger from Wisconsin spoke to a young African boy. That boy received his first pair of shoes at the age of 9. The young boy, Emmanuel Ohonme, went on to compete in sports allowing him to eventually attend an institution of higher learning in America. Ohonme never forgot that stranger and in 2004, he decided to help impoverished children in Africa. Samaritan's Feet was formed. Samaritan's Feet is an international organization and the goal is to give 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million children in 10 years. As of now, 750,000 people have been helped.

The group set up — with Rising Hope Ministry staff — a Bible Study room, waiting room, measuring and washing rooms and a shoe distribution room for the program. Hundreds of children with their families and babysitters arrived throughout the day to partake in the program.

In the Bible Study room, the story of the Last Supper was retold.

It was before the Passover supper that Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles. Jackie Pegram told the story and explained the traditions of the time of the Last Supper and the days that followed. Palms were distributed. Afterwards the families were taken downstairs and feet were measured. One by one each entered the washing room where volunteers were ready with clean foot baths. Feet were washed as shoes and socks were identified in the stockroom as the right match.

A prayer was said and a small cross given to each participant.

Outside, the mission church set up games for the children and the staff prepared food and offered beverages to all.