This month we had the opportunity to speak with Stephen Boyd, ministry leader of Beautiful Feet located in metro-Atlanta.
Tell us a bit about Beautiful Feet
A group of men had been gathering for some time on Christmas Eve to celebrate Christ’s birth, and maybe do a last-minute shopping errand. Feeling that we had an opportunity, we began collecting a few dollars to buy shoes for a very rundown church in town. Orchard was kind enough to encourage us to apply to become an Orchard ministry. That relationship has grown over the past 7 years to an annual donation of over 500 pairs of shoes (and growing). The shoes are wrapped and labeled with our scripture verse, Isaiah 52:7 – 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!” They are then delivered to 8 different schools and shelters.
What motivated you to start this ministry and how has it impacted you?
My grandfather used to buy shoes for kids at Christmas, and he was the inspiration. The impact has been a greater sense of the true meaning of Christmas. Also, we’ve developed a Board of Directors, whom I love, and have made some wonderful friends at our partner schools and shelters.
We’ve seen your ministry and impact grow. How has Orchard helped to grow and sustain your ministry?
Prayer (I have to say that first, or Dan and Jonathan will get me!) Seriously, that is number one. In addition, they are wonderful partners to help with technology (online giving) creative (our flyers), and long-term planning and coaching.
How do you hope Beautiful Feet impacts the community you serve?
Making less fortunate children perhaps a little happier at Christmas, while sharing the gospel.
What do you hope God will accomplish through Beautiful Feet in the future?
Showing our community that we care and that God is able to do all things. We hope that our gifts are pleasing to Him and bring joy to the families we serve with ALL credit to the Lord.