When Their Feet Are Still Bare

Continuing the Work Until There is No More to Do

By Amanda DeWitt

Thanks to generous partners like you, Unto® served nearly 2 million people in 34 countries last year. People experienced the kindness of Jesus, and many of them responded to the eternal hope He offers.

Here are just a few highlights of how God worked through you in 2019:

  • 5,525,280 meals were distributed to hungry children and families.
  • 28,850 families received water filters that protect them from water-borne illnesses.
  • 23,605 people now have access to safe, clean water through new and repaired wells.
  • 648,587 people received critical aid such as medical supplies, blankets, and hygiene items.
  • 14,891 people participated in vision clinics and received eyeglasses, opening doors for the eternal hope of Jesus to be shared.

Every meal given, water well drilled, or critical item distributed expressed kindness to people living in the toughest places — and provided opportunities for them to learn about Jesus. Because of faithful people like you, countless men, women, and children have hope!

Warm Coat. Cold Feet.

Together we celebrate all God did last year and anticipate what lies ahead.

As we look forward, we cannot shake the reality: there is still so much more to do.

When Their Feet Are Still Bare

Look at the sweet little boy above. A brand-new coat … but bare feet!

Unto does not simply “drop aid and go.” As the humanitarian ministry of Cru®, we work through local partners dedicated to long-term relationships and spiritual investment in people’s lives.

Our partners have been able to develop a relationship with this special-needs little boy, Basim, and his single father, Nadir. Being a single father in this part of the world is very rare. But when Basim’s mom abandoned them, overwhelmed by the responsibility, Nadir had no other option but to leave his job to care for his son. He struggles to provide for their basic needs.

The winter coat they received displayed the kindness of Jesus to this family. In their country’s freezing winter temperatures, proper clothing is a critical need. Thanks to the relationship built through the gift of a coat, local staff members can keep ministering to Nadir and Basim. Now this family know that God and His people care for them.

Around the world there are millions of little boys like this one — who need a coat, a pair of shoes, a blanket, or a meal. Each one has a story. And each one needs hope.

While we may not be able to meet every need in our world, we can each do something. And together we can make a significant difference — one life, one village, one coat, and one pair of shoes at a time.

Faithfulness Prevails

Like a beautiful gold thread meticulously woven through an intricate fabric, God’s faithfulness gleams across the Bible’s pages.

Abraham held his baby boy 25 years after God promised to make him a great nation by his own heir. After 430 years of sojourning in Egypt, the nation of Israel stepped into freedom and began their journey to the promise land. David took the throne fifteen years after his anointing, when God said he would be the next king over His people.

From the first glimpse of redemption in Genesis, to its fulfillment thousands of years later in the opening pages of Matthew, God kept His promise — sending His Son to die on the cross to save the world from sin.

Look across your own life, and you will likely see a similar thread. Amidst the waiting, struggling, and praying — faithfulness prevails.

The apostle Paul told believers, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). The work is hard. This world is broken. But God is faithful. And because He is faithful to us, we can be faithful to the people and tasks He has set before us.

As long we are on this earth, we will have more work to do. So let’s keep at it.

How can you reflect God’s faithfulness — to people living next door and around the world — this year?

Help Clothe Bare Feet

You can help serve over 2 million people in 2020!

More people are waiting to experience the kindness of Jesus and learn about His eternal hope. Your gift to the Maximum Impact Fund will help where most urgently needed — allowing us to fulfill more requests from the field for humanitarian assistance and opening doors to share hope with those in need. Together we can serve more than 2 million people in the toughest places this year!

Published March 25, 2020


Amanda is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Gift for Leadership, Kindred Spirit, and Christianity Today publications. She holds a M.A. in Media and Communication from Dallas Theological Seminary.