Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. “Footprints of Faith” will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when “Christmas for Families” will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry.
Pay it Forward with Christ and Prodigal Ministries of Kansas are both based in Great Bend. They have collaborated with Live Like Jesus Today, Ellinwood, and Working Men of Christ, Sabetha.
“Footprints of Faith” is a project started by the Sabetha ministry to collect new and used shoes for men, women and children. The shoes are delivered to two orphanages. The deadline to drop off shoes is Saturday, Dec. 8. So far 500 pairs of shoes have been collected this year, Nuss said.
“Christmas for Families” is a project to collect Christmas presents, which will be delivered to local families by Christmas Eve. “We’d like to help as many families as we can,” Nuss said.
Items can be dropped off at Prodigal Ministries, 820 Hickory St., Pay it Forward with Christ, 1410 Odell, or Live Like Jesus Today, 208 Craig St. in Ellinwood. Other drop-off locations in Great Bend are the KSN TV station, Pathways, Club 1 Fitness, OPI, the Presto at 24th and Washington, and Klima Well Service, 800 Coolidge. State Farm agent Kathy Burt in Hoisington and the Dollar General store in St. John will also accept items.
Donations are also being accepted to help pay for shipping and for wrapping presents. Checks can be made payable to Prodigal Ministries of Kansas.
For more information call Prodigal Ministries, 620-797-0185. Nuss can be contacted at Pay it Forward with Christ, 620-786-5372, payitforwardwithchrist.org.