Minnesota Conference Women’s Ministry in Minnesota took a group of volunteers to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in their “God in Shoes” outreach event on September, 2017. We then hosted our first event in the Twin Cities area on January, 2016. Alice was one of the volunteers for both events. She is a nurse in a psychiatric ward. “God in Shoes” is a weeklong outreach event culminating in a spa day specifically for the women in a community. The spa day offers manicures, pedicures, facials and a brand new pair of shoes to each participant.
“I am so thankful that I was able to participate in the “God in Shoes” events. I have had a change of heart by participating in “God in Shoes”. First, from the time we came back from Lincoln, I have been able to use the “God in Shoes” experience with my patients at work. Whenever my client is having a hard day, anxious, depressed and can’t settle down, I offer them a foot soak in warm water; some agree while some refuse, and that is okay. I normally keep a small bag of Epsom salt in my locker at work. It is amazing how this exercise just calms them down and helps them to comply with their care plan.
At our recent visit to Alexandra House in Blaine, Minnesota, I did not think I would meet or see anybody that I knew despite the warning from the staff that we may recognize some familiar faces. As I passed by the lounge to go to the children’s room, I spotted a lady that frequents our psych unit as a patient. I work with her when she in our hospital. What this taught me is to be of service to anyone around me. Sometimes we are so busy and focused on our own issues. “God in Shoes” has opened my eyes and my heart to be aware of people around me and their needs. It could be my own family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers that might just need a smile, a hand, a listening ear or a prayer.
I have also learned how teamwork can make things happen. It was amazing to see how the rooms were turned in to such a beautiful and peaceful environment within a short time. The smiles and coordination were wonderful. I thought to myself, I wouldn’t have done this if I were by myself, nor would I have even thought of it. I really feel blessed to be part of this group.
My prayer everyday is for God to help me, and each one of the ladies involved in “God in Shoes” to be able to put a smile on somebody’s face every day.
Working with people who are anxious, depressed, abused, etc. I want to be able to be of service. At least if I am able to soak someone’s feet and provide some foot message to them, I want to be able to. I want to go an extra mile from just being a bedside nurse to a nurse of service. I want to make “God in Shoes” a way of life, a life of service everyday.
“Finding God’s Calling” Weekend, April 8-9, 2016 at Southview ChristianSchool, Burnsville, MN: a weekend for every woman to learn how God has called her, gifted her and what to do about it.
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