“God in Shoes” Coordinates Widespread Outreach in Orlando, Florida, to Serve Women and Their Families
“Tomorrow, your character, smile, and everything you carry is going to be about God and immolating the aroma of Christ to wherever you are going to serve,” said Jo Dubs, founder and director of the “God in Shoes” ministry, to a room of hundreds of women receiving orientation for a day of service during the 2019 North American Division Women’s Convention in Orlando, Florida. “Tomorrow is all about serving, it’s not about us.”
Since 2009, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference-based ministry, God in Shoes, has been the official community service outreach organizer for the division’s women’s convention, which is held every five years.
“Many conventions have similar formats, but what makes this convention different is the unique outreach done through God in Shoes,” said Carla Baker, director of Women’s Ministries for the NAD.
Participants came from the Cayman Islands, the Philippines, Guam, Bermuda, and all across the United States. The 625 women who registered to serve on Friday, September 27, received a “God in Shoes” belt bag to place their personal items in while on their assignment, and a “God in Shoes” button to pin on their clothing. The women had a dozen projects to choose from that met a wide range of Orlando’s societal needs.
“In going to an area, it’s always important to do the demographics and see where the needs are and then start making phone calls and looking online to see areas of need,” said Dubs, who secured locations for the day of service throughout the year. “Finding places where different organizations and programs are already doing the work, then setting up appointments to hear their stories and say, ‘How can I help you and affirm what you’re already doing,’” said Dubs.