Wings of Hope Foot Washing Ceremony

Wings of Hope Foot Washing Ceremony

He [Jesus] poured water into a large bowl. Then he began to wash his disciples’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around him…”Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You are right. That is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:5,12-15 NIV)

During the time of Jesus the roads were long and dusty. The disciples’ feet would have been dirty from walking with Jesus in there sandals. Jesus was their ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ a position to high to be kneeling and washing the dirty feet of others. That job was for servants, those of a lower station. But Jesus knelt to serve his friends and then challenged them to serve others.

Today in Haiti the roads are long and dusty. When you visit and wear sandals you can begin to understand why the disciples’ did not have want their ‘Lord’ to wash their feet. Every year the Wings of Hope kids have a foot washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday. A ceremony dedicated to kneeling down and serving others. Remember what Jesus asked of us, to “do as I have done for you.”

As we go into Easter and celebrate the love that Jesus has for us we, at Hearts with Haiti, ask for you to pray for the St. Joseph Family and it’s leaders. Prayers of thanksgiving for the joy the kids and leaders continue to have, for strength through challenging days, and for them to feel the love that we all have for them. We also ask you to consider giving to Hearts with Haiti to support the St. Joseph family either by participating in the challenge today, contributing to purchasing a van for the Wings of Hope house, or becoming a child sponsor. Finally, we ask you to share. Share your stories about Hearts with Haiti and the St. Joseph Family by tagging us on Facebook, or using our hashtags: #heartswithhaiti #sjfhaiti #wingsjacmel.

Grace, peace, and thanks,

Lydia Cauley

Hearts with Haiti Administrative Director

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