My name is Steph. I have passion to encourage women with practical principles for purposeful and powerful lives by knowing Jesus. I met my friend, Katie, when I spoke at a women’s retreat. We later found out that we lived one block away from each other. Katie has a passion to help, love, support and advocate for those overlooked.

Katie hosted a Sole Hope shoe party. I invited some friends and we had a great time. I blogged about the party with the heart to encourage other women to spread hope, one shoe at a time. About two dozen friends collected at our neighbor Katie’s home to spread hope in Africa…one shoe at a time.

That’s right, we can spread hope in Africa right smack dab in the middle of air-conditioned suburbia.

In one night, we made 38 pairs of shoes.

In one night, we had lots of laughs.

In one night, we spread hope.

The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I see that it doesn’t take much to spread hope. It started with one woman, Katie, having a burden for Africa. She rallied four women from four different churches to pray. Then asked friends to come help. Spreading hope isn’t complicated, it requires that you just show up with the right heart.

Maybe you’re called to host a shoe party? Sponsor a child? Feed the hungry? Clothe the poor? Visit an inmate? I dunno.

I hope we can share ideas here to sharpen one another to spread even more hope. In small or big ways, how do you spread hope?

Click here for more information on Sole Hope.

To read more from Steph, check out her blog at

To hear from Katie on Average Advocate, read her post Poverty vs. Indifference: An Advocate’s Hope or check out her blog at

Currently, Elisa is in the process of getting a Sole Hope party going in her Virginia suburb outside of D.C. She will then blog more specifically about the experience of hosting one of these parties. There will also be a feature post on the organization of Sole Hope. So stay tuned!


Update: Here is the link to the post Elisa wrote about her Sole Hope party, about how to pull one off:  Action: Sole Hope Shoe-Cutting Party. But she is helping others start them in Northern Virginia, so keep an eye on the Local Opportunities Page of Average Advocate.

  • Jamie Brown

    I’m hosting a party the end of May, I’ve received my packet, but I’m curious about 2 things: Where can I find an invitation pdf or flyer and approximately how many shoes can you make per yard of fabric? I’m trying to estimate how much fabric I will need to make 25 shoes(in pairs)so 50 patterns. Thanks so much! I believe my templates are for children’s size 1 shoe.

    • I made my own PDF which I can look and see if I have and send to you. If I remember correctly, I didn’t use something of theirs. As for how much fabric, I was just going through a pile of fabric the other day in my house that was never used! I know one girl went to a store and asked for fabric donations. I ended up getting just 5 or 6 yards in a cheap section of fabric and asked people to bring a little if they had some laying around. It turned out that we had a LOT extra and not even that many people brought some. All to say, I don’t think we needed much! And we did a lot of shoes.

  • sharon


    I am hosting a shoe cutting party next month…i ha ve the packet and video? QUESTION…if I only have jeans and no other fabric that OK…
    if I only have a little bit of fabric…DO i pair it up with the jeans…i am not quite understanding ‘inside’ / ‘outside’ fabric?
    Can you help me out?

    • You need fabric also. You pair up the outside fabric (whatever cotton material you have) with the jeans (inside fabric).

      It is best to try to cut a few out first before the party so it makes more sense. Hope that helps?!

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  • Thanks for letting me guest post today, Elisa! 🙂