Our daughter Jenna just returned from ten months in South Asia. She’d been working with an NGO, reaching out to disadvantaged women. And in the countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) all women are disadvantaged. Whether poor, wealthy, educated or illiterate, women are at a huge disadvantage compared to men.
Jenna reached out to her neighbors, went on university campuses, and visited clinics and hospices to spend time with women and share with them the love Jenna has received from Jesus. Most of them had never heard of a God who loves them. When they worship their gods it’s often to placate them, begging the gods not to hurt them. Jenna said there is much spiritual darkness found in every sidewalk shrine and neighborhood temple.
Not all is darkness there, though, as the Body of Christ can be found among the people who live there too. Jenna enjoyed times of fellowship with them, joining with local believers for church services and small retreats.
One of those events led to the newspaper skirt.
Some local women had invited Jenna to their retreat, and like many retreats they played games. In one they handed out stacks of old newspapers to see who can create the best outfit from them. Jenna’s table had a bunch of old pros at this game, so they told her to stand as their model while they handled design and construction. Look closely at her hands and you can see they even made newspaper jewelry for her wrists.
The gospel – the Good News about Jesus – can be worn on your feet like a sturdy pair of shoes that carry you through life.
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7.)
Stand firm then … with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:14-15.)
Beautiful feet wearing the gospel of peace, proclaiming peace and salvation, announcing that God reigns. This is God’s design for you, for your footsteps, that wherever you go people will know you walk the path of peace and good tidings.
What gospel steps are you walking in today?
- When someone at work or school snubs you, what will you say?
- When the cashier at the grocery store hands you too much money back in change, what will you do?
- When your spouse or best friend or child or parent says something that hurts you, what will you say back?
There is not a single person you will meet today who is not in need of a smile, a kind word, a reassurance that they are precious to God. What good news will you bring them through your words and actions
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15.)
God has sent you into people’s lives. How will you walk in the gospel today?