What is Step into My Shoes?

Step into My Shoes is a flexible, immersive digital experience and devotional for families, churches and groups. Each step helps children walk in the shoes of Ugandan Pastor Tom, his wife Nancy and their children and then invites us to follow Jesus’ footsteps—caring for children and for those in need. The experience invites us to choose one, practical way we can invest in children locally or globally together.

The biblical mandate

The Bible says in Romans 13 that all the commandments are summed up in loving our neighbor as ourselves. But how do we love our neighbors if we’ve not yet met them? Step into My Shoes lets families, churches and groups walk in the shoes of a Ugandan family in simple circumstances, and then follow in Jesus’ footsteps of caring for children and the poor.

Why children?

It’s often difficult for children younger than 12 to go on a mission trip. And yet, the decade from 4 to 14 is when 71 per cent of kids decide to follow Jesus. One of the most powerful ways kids develop, and keep, their faith is when they serve.

Why this experience?

While parents and influencers want to teach kids about God, gratitude and loving others, sometimes kids hear it best by experiencing things themselves. Parents, influencers, and kids who have experienced Step into My Shoes say it leaves them convinced of their own physical and spiritual blessings, and revved up to share the love.

Is the aim to sponsor a child?

Sponsoring a child with Compassion is an effective way to fight poverty by developing children body, mind, soul and spirit. But our motivation runs deeper. Compassion’s mission is to respond to the Great Commission by releasing all children from poverty—and that takes all of us, working together, helping the children God calls us to care for both locally and globally.

While Compassion partners with 6,500 churches in 26 nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America and cares for nearly 1.6 million children, poverty is much bigger. About 400 million children live on less than $1.25 USD a day and they need the whole Church to live out Jesus’ commands to care spiritually and physically for the least of these. When we do so, we fulfill both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

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