Who is it for?
Step Into My Shoes™ is for families to do on their own or together with a small group and for churches or schools to do with their whole congregation. While most activities are geared for families with kids ages 5-12, suggestions are provided for how to tailor this to preschool and teen family members.
Why is Compassion doing this?
Compassion’s mission is to release all 400 million children in extreme poverty into who they’re made to be in Jesus’ image—physically and spiritually. To love these children as ourselves means, first, we need to know their family’s stories! In addition, Compassion works solely in partnerships with Christian churches so Step Into My Shoes™ is designed to not only help families grow in serving but also to grow in faith. Early measures show those who did Step Into My Shoes™ grew in serving, reading the Bible, having spiritual conversations, and joining small groups. And many began praying daily for kids in need!
What is the time commitment?
Typically families devote 10 minutes together, over a meal or at bedtime, for a midweek video and devotional. On the weekend, when schedules are freer, there’s a hands-on, eye-opening activity that lasts 30 minutes, or more if a family wants to go deeper.
What is the financial commitment?
Step Into My Shoes™ Family Kit is $19.95 (volume pricing available with group set).
What is included in the Step Into My Shoes™ toolkit?
Your Step Into My Shoes™ Kit includes everything you need to meet your
African host family and discover what it means to “live from God’s enough.”
• Video DVD – Engaging videos featuring Pastor Tom’s family and their daily life
• Map of Uganda
• Journey Guide – Bible-based family devotionals and fun, enriching activities
• Prayer (Shoe)Laces – Wear one and share one to jog your memory to pray for kids in need
• Free 1-year global children’s magazine subscription to connect with kids around the world
How does it help families in need?
Step Into My Shoes™ focuses on God’s purpose and power and then invites us to prayerfully commit to one act of service, either locally or globally. In addition, to keep the transformation going, it provides an ongoing blog, fresh with ideas that keep our families seeing the world through God’s eyes—no passport required.
Keep me updated! How do I find out about new resources?
The Step Into My Shoes™ team has made it easy to keep in touch with additional resources for your family. Sign up now at stepintomyshoes.org for access to: Compassion Explorer Magazine and the family journey blog.
How do I get ideas for how to do Step Into My Shoes™?
We would love to hear your feedback. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit Facebook and search StepIntoMyShoes (all one word).