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Shoes galore, all for Chester Castle students

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 9:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Back row, from left: Bishop Darryl Brister, pastor of the New Orleans-based Darryl S. Brister International Ministries, and his wife Dr Dionne Brister, first lady of DSB Ministries; and Tiffany Grant-Smith, principal of Chester Castle All-Age School in Chester Castle, Hanover, together with five of the school’s students, showing off their new shoes, which was donated by DSB Ministries.

It was a case of shoes galore at the Chester Castle All-Age School in Hanover on Wednesday as all the students were given new shoes courtesy of the United States based Darryl S. Brister (DSB) International Ministries in a ceremony at the school.

At the end of the handover ceremony, all 280 students at the school had a new pair of shoes. The shoes, valued at approximately $826,910 (US$7,000), were purchased through donations from the members of the ministry team's parent church, the Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, which is located in New Orleans.

In addition to the new shoes, the students also received school supplies and DVDs with sermons from DSB Ministries.

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Head of DSB Ministries Bishop Darryl Brister, who

led Wednesday's 10-member ministry team to Chester Castle, said the shoe-donation drive started in 2013 after an initial missionary visit to Chester Castle All-Age School in 2011.

"Four years ago, in 2011, I came here for the first time with Cruise for a Cause, with about 2,000 missionaries from America, and we were all assigned to different schools to go and sing and preach there for the day. I was assigned to Chester Castle All-Age," said Brister.

"When I was here, while talking to several of the children, I noticed that many of them did not have shoes and some did not have a very good quality of shoe," continued Brister. "The Lord touched my heart, and I decided that we would establish a relationship with this school and ensure that once a year, we would give shoes to the school. Two years ago, we were able to send almost 300 pairs of shoes, and today, we are here to deliver and put shoes on the feet of, hopefully, every student in this school."

Brister said he plans to return to Chester Castle next year as part of an established relationship between his ministry and the school.

"I have a team of 10 of us today, and these are individuals who decided to take care of their own expenses. They donated shoes and took care of their own airfare and lodging to come here and be with us today," said Brister. "Next year, we are probably going to bring about 20 people to serve with us as part of our mission team. I want to share with the children of Chester Castle All-Age that this is going to be an ongoing relationship that we are going to have with them."

Principal of Chester Castle All-Age Tiffany Grant-Smith, expressed gratitude to the ministry team for its contribution to the school.

"The DSB family has spent a fortune to purchase the shoes and to be here gracing us with their presence," said Grant-Smith. "We do not have enough words to say thank you, but we can say we wish you all the best and we wish God will continue to bless you and your ministry."