What we do
Founder Ryan Jasper, while on a surfing trip to Nicaragua in 2009, was burdened by the sight of children rummaging through garbage dumps looking for food. Due to the extreme poverty that drove families to such desperation, these children were also walking through these dangerous conditions with bare feet.
Ryan knew he had to do something. As a CEO of a retail company with 17 surf shops in Florida, Ryan began talking with distributors about donating unused or defective shoes to deliver to the villages in Nicaragua. On June 26, 2010, Ryan and a small group of volunteers placed shoes on the feet of 500 children in La Chureca, Nicaragua - and with that small act of love, Beautiful Feet was born. Though Beautiful Feet began with meeting a basic physical need, over the years the need of a more comprehensive strategy became apparent. Since 2010, the rally cry to “Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty across the world” has brought Beautiful Feet to where it is today:
A hands-on, comprehensive strategy to lift communities out of poverty.
Fighting poverty one step at a time through intentional physical, spiritual, educational, and economic transformation.
Three Primary Focuses
Local Partnerships & Shield Centers
We believe our relationship with God and people are at the center of what we do at Beautiful Feet.
Relationships are the core of discipleship and together we discover God-given purpose within.
- We empower and resource local pastors
- We don’t seek to establish a base in the countries we work in, the local church is our base and the heartbeat of Beautiful Feet Shield Centers
- Development of economic engines to sustain operations long-term by helping communities create sustainable growth and young adult trade education
Many in Developed countries live their lives void of the real poverty most people in the world experience. We believe God has given every human being a mandate, to love their neighbor as themselves and to remember the poor. When we do, we unlock a God-given purpose within. A purpose to serve and love others.
1 Timothy 6:17-18 Paul writes,
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
We desire every trip to create a relationship with the community they serve. Relationship is the core of discipleship.
We want to engage groups based on their interests or skills. Our Mission Trip options are:
- Surf and Serve – A mission opportunity for surfers to surf the waves of Central America and serve our communities.
- Kids Camp / School Assemblies
- Disaster Relief
Child Sponsorships allows what we do at Beautiful Feet to fight poverty in Jesus name, in a comprehensive way. $45 a month allows a sponsor to choose a child, which helps them receive: