Love Out Loud

gatlinburg-bear-silgat-baptist-boothQuick! What’s the most popular National Park in the US? If you guessed Smoky Mountain National Park, you win a bag of pinecones. Over 8 million people visit this spectacular park every year. The park offers 750 miles of hiking trails and Allan and I had time to cover .5 miles. Our goal was to attend the Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union Conference. Their theme, “Love Out loud” went along with the idea of donating gently-used shoes to Soles4Souls. We spoke with hundreds of women at our booth, encouraging them to organize a shoe drive at their church. Whenever we’d ask a woman “Do you have extra shoes in your closet?” they’d laugh and say “Lordy, I have bags of extra shoes!” Naturally we suggested they recycle their shoes with us. Many teenage girls attended the conference also, so we explained the Soles4Souls fund raising program where they can sell clogs or flip-flops and keep 40% of the profits. It was fun seeing their excitement about this fund raising effort since many were trying to earn money for mission trips this summer.

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