Join the Shoe Mission!

Join the Shoe Mission!

James 1:27 - "to visit the orphans"

The first Shoe Mission took place in 1999, to Moldova, when a church group traveled to Eastern Europe to serve children living in the country’s orphanages. The team witnessed frostbite on the orphans' hands and feet due to lack of proper winter clothes. Since then, CERI has sent multiple teams of volunteers to distribute shoes, socks, gloves, hats, and scarves to all the children living in Moldova’s orphanages and in many other countries around the globe.

This year, the Shoe Mission will serve 5,000 children living in Ukraine’s orphanages, offering them proper boots, socks, hats, scarves and a message of hope, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The children that will be served by CERI volunteers have either lost their parents, or became separated due to war, abuse or extreme poverty.

Important Dates

  • Applications Due: October 1, 2018
  • Deadline for Purchasing Airfare: October 15, 2018
  • Ground Cost Due: November 1, 2018

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What you need to know


  • Have a valid US passport good through June 22, 2019. (no visa is required for US citizens)
  • Must be able to, at a minimum, handle own luggage.

Recommendations: The CDC recommends all visitors to Ukraine have up-to-date routine vaccines before travel, including: MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella), DTP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis), Varicella (Chickenpox), Polio, the annual flu shot, as well as Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A can be transmitted through contaminated food or water.

What to expect

  • Schedule: Teams will work long days, sometimes from before sunrise until after sunset.
  • Weather: Highs of 39 degrees and lows of 20 degrees. There may be snow and ice.
  • Clothing: Clothing should be comfortable and layered to accommodate both inside and outside temperatures.