Keeping Bruce Involved in What He Loves

“Bruce wore his orange Samaritan’s Feet shirt with great pride! He loved people and outreach opportunities of all sorts. He was a quiet and reflective man who enjoyed serving. Samaritan’s Feet allowed him the opportunity to do just that on several levels,” said Bruce Nefke’s widow Jill.

Jill describes how Bruce first heard of Samaritan’s Feet from a friend and he soon began volunteering in the warehouse sorting shoes. Then he participated in a local shoe distribution. And when the opportunity arose to go to Brazil in 2012 with Samaritan’s Feet, he immediately signed up.

“The whole concept of meeting needs in a practical way (supplying shoes) coupled with the act of servanthood (the washing of feet) while at the same time sharing the gospel was something that Bruce felt led to do,” Jill said.

Bruce was also impacted by the personal story of Samaritan’s Feet Co-Founder Manny Ohonme and how a simple pair of shoes was the catalyst for a much bigger purpose— bigger than what anyone could imagine. Seeing the power a pair of shoes can have on someone’s life, Bruce continued to serve around the world, including in the United States, Brazil, Jamaica, and India.

“Bruce passed away a little more than 2 years ago. Since then my life has been drastically different as you can imagine. I just want to keep a little bit of Bruce involved in the things he loved,” Jill said.

So, Jill decided to do an annual Facebook fundraiser for Samaritan’s Feet in honor of Bruce, saying “I know that if he were still here, Bruce would continue be a part of the message of hope and encouragement that Samaritan’s Feet shares with the world.” Jill’s fundraisers have raised over $1,350 to support the mission of creating a world with zero shoeless children.

“I know that God multiplies and greatly blesses any donation given for His glory,” Jill said. “And that is my prayer for this fundraiser. That it all be done for the glory of God and the spread of the good news we have in Jesus.”