I’ve never been a girly-girl. I was raised by a single dad who had himself been raised as the only son sharing a house with five older sisters. I am sure by the time he was grown, he had had enough of all things feminine. As a consequence, there was not a lot of fru fru in my early life. I owned one pair of shoes…black and white boy’s high-top sneakers. I wore them with everything.
The Urban dictionary describes “fru fru” as “very decorated or girly in nature.” I have expanded that in my mind and use the term to describe any woman who manages to both maintain a nice haircut and put together outfits on a regular basis. I so admire those abilities! I feel that I could be fru fru, if only I didn’t hate clothes shopping, despise getting my hair cut, hate putting on make-up and have an aversion to wearing jewelry. Really, that’s all that is holding me back. My poor husband. I am such a mess. But think of all the money he saves!
Nevertheless, I have one girly-girl pleasure: Pedicures. When the weather turns warm and my feet come out of their long winter’s hibernation, white and crinkly, unready for the sun; I take one look at Thedermreport.com and say, “We need a professional.” And I get a pedicure.
What luxury! What indulgence! And so worth it. Because for at least two weeks out of every year, I have beautiful feet. And for those two weeks, I feel like a Fru Fru girl. Don’t look at my hair. Don’t look at my stained blue jeans. From the ankle down I am all womanly beautifulness.
Sadly, almost no one notices. What is wrong with you people? Do I need to throw myself down in the church foyer, take off my sandals and wiggle my toes in the air to get your attention? Obviously.
Feet don’t always get the attention they deserve. On that note:
Here at Harvest, we have a lot of beautiful feet: people who minister on a daily basis and share the good news of Christ to those around them.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Romans 10: 1-15
We also send out and support missionaries to reach across cultures and geographical boundaries. Many of these people have made great sacrifices to follow the call of God on their lives and are seeing abundant fruit as a result.
Team Expansion: Led by Harry Douglass, Team Expansion works to plant churches among Latin people here in Oregon and in Cuba.
Key Communications: The ministry of Key Communications has many facets and a goal to reach Muslim populations all over the world. They produce audio and literature resources in Urdu (Pakistan’s national language) and broadcast Christian media to South East Asia through short-wave radio. They support recent converts from Islam in areas hostile to the gospel of Christ and educate Christians in how interact with Muslims in a positive way.
Jaffet Perez: Jaffet works to support churches in Central and South America. Since many Spanish speaking areas do not have Bible colleges, Jaffet helps to train-up church leaders wherever there is need, often traveling thousands of miles a year. (Currently, he is working with two churches and an orphanage in El Salvador.)
Ibero American Ministries (IAM): Doug and Shelly Kallestad: Doug and Shelly work with IAM ministries to plant churches and provide humanitarian services all over the world.
Pablo Martinez: Pablo pastors a church in Tecate, Mexico
Tierney Christian Mission: Jim and Kathy Tierney are spreading the word of the Lord across the Kamketo region of Kenya, Africa.
South Sudan African Mission: Paul Douglass works with his team to train native Sudanese men to serve Christ, planting churches and extending the Kingdom of God in South Sudan.
I look forward to sharing more details about each of these ministries and how we can support them. These are the hands and feet of Jesus, spreading the good news all over the world. And they are beautiful.
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
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