rebelling against low expectations

Shoes for Honduras


UPDATE (12/09/11): They won! Thank you to everyone who watched and shared the video. $16,000 for the village of Cusuna!

Last week we got an exciting email from a 12-year-old rebelutionary named Sean. After watching the DVD conference, he and some friends decided to do hard things: Collecting hundreds of pairs of shoes for the village of Cusuna in Honduras.

Sean got to go to Cusuna to deliver the shoes, and afterwards, collaborated with Kathryn (13) and Sarah (9) to make the music video at the top of this post. The video is entered in the Friends and Heroes Contest, ending next month.

The grand prize is $8,000 for the winners or $16,000 for the charity of their choice. If Sean, Kathryn, and Sarah win, all $16,000 will go to help the village of Cusuna — and either way, Sean is going back to deliver more shoes!

View count is a big factor in choosing the winner, so watch the video and share it with friends. It’s a great reminder of how God can (and wants to) use young people to do hard things for His glory and the good of others.

Way to go, Sean, Kathryn, and Sarah!

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About the author

Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • Wow… what a powerful video! Love that song! Praise God for Sean, Kathryn, Sarah and all the others who participated in this project. All the best for the competition 🙂

  • Oh, WOW! That touched my heart. In our youth group right now we are talking about missions, and God has really spoken to me. I felt Him again watching this video. Keep it up Sean, Kathryn, and Sarah!

  • My brothers are from a west African country, so I know (and they know even better than me) what it’s like to not have shoes or clothes or a toilet that you share with less than 10 people or not know when your next meal is going to be. Thank you so much you all for reaching out to people like that! If we all in America realized the need and did something about it, there wouldn’t be so much need there. So thank you, from me, my brothers, and my whole family!

  • Wow! I love the way God works!! This is so encouraging to me 🙂
    I’m excited for a mission trip that I’m goin on next summer in Peru! I pray God will do great things through it! And I praise Him for what He’s already done!

    Thank you for challenging us to do hard things for God! And thanks to Sean, Sarah, Kathryn and many others for stepping out in faith and being an example to this dark world!!

    Love In Christ,

  • Way to go guys! Keep the fire burning in doing hard things for His glory. It’s been 6 years since God led me to The Rebelution and caused me to grow. I pray that there will be more young men and women who’ll stop, think, and listen to what God commands us to do. 🙂

  • I can not help but cry! These kids have succeded in showing God’s love through them. I can’t help but be blinded by it. It makes me wonder how I can get the kids in my youth group started on it. How can I as a leader inspire them to do such amazing things?

  • Wow! This is awesome! May the Lord bless their work!
    It is amazing to see what God is doing through people of all sorts…
    He can use even kids! Praise God!

  • WOW God Bless those kids. Man id really like to start my of drive for kid like that thank you Sean, Sarah, And Kathryn for giving me the inspiration to do that

  • WOW! That is so awesome. God bless y’all Sean Kathryn and Sarah! That is amazing that they did that. That really convicts me. Praise God! I really hope that they win.

  • I am Sean’s mom… and I have to tell you all thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your incredible comments! The kids are humbled and overjoyed to read the sweet words you have shared. We all agree… contest or no contest… God has done incredible things through this experience already, and we are so grateful! Our prayer from the beginning was that He would use it for His glory… and it is so evident that He has been faithful in doing just that! Thank you Alex and Brett for sharing this story! And thank you to everyone watching it!

  • wow when I was 12 I wasn’t doing anything like that!! Wow God is clearly using those children to do amazing things!! I pray that they win!!

  • OMG!!!! that was very touching! i never cried and i just BAWLED!!!! i KNOW God will do amazing things in yalls life. you have definetly followed Colossians 3:23. You have definetly worked for both people and God. Post your placing I know you will win first GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Great job! Keep collecting shoes and sharing them with others. You are an inspiration. Beautiful job on the song and video. Keep up the good work!

  • I went on my first mission trip when I was 12 – my dad and I went with my church to Haiti, back in 2000. That trip and the experiences I had with the kids there definitely played a role in fanning the flames of desire that were starting to burn in my heart to pledge my life to missions.

    The music video is beautiful,a s like many others have stated already, I cried as well. All I have to say right now is Sean, Kathryn, and Sarah… stay tender and willing to let the Lord use you in mighty ways like this – you never know how great the impact can be! Thank you for sharing what you’ve done and how the Lord has used you already. All glory to Him!!

  • WOW! What a amazing and touching video. My friend and I say awesome packs come in small sizes. Its so amazing to see kids and teens all over the world making a difference and living in Gods name. Keep on working hard! God Bless.

  • this gal is my little LNT (leader in trainig) keep it up yall i wish yall best of luck my dads friend (dead) said “aspire to inspire before you expire) i hope we all live to do hard things

  • I can`t stop crying.. the second day. It`s one of the most beautiful things I`ve ever seen! God has got very very BIG plans for this children. I put it on my blog (in polish), which is about stepping into adulthood, `cause though Sean, Kathryn and Sarah are kids, they are perfect models (examples) for all adults.

  • I really love the song!!!!!!! It complements and enhanced the video!!!!!!! I do pray and hope that God will allow them to win the contest!!!!

  • The video that Alex Cuda suggestes isnt the best. what has the guy done? it shows an older man buying a jacket and bear and money to a family annoymously. What has the guy that sings done? Just curious. sean kathryn and sarah will TOTALLY win

  • Most of us just comment or watch video and think that it`s 0k, he helped them. Together we can really make this video winner – so let`s publish it!!! 29 people who has commented this post – show this movie your family, friends, through e-mails, facebooks, blogs, forums, twitters, and “thumbs up”/adding to favourites on youtube. 16.000$ – it is a lot for Cusuna and just showing video to others it is nothing compared with this what have been done by Sarah, Kathryn and Sean. =)

  • go!go!…… the battle is the LORD’s.. Sarah, Kathryn and Sean , i do pray you continue to grow under God’s unfailing grace ….

  • Simply seeing the name Honduras makes me want to laugh, cry, shout and dance all at once! These past few months our family has heard the “distant rumblings of divine thunder” in regard to Honduras i.e. God is going to do something really BIG and even EARTHSHAKING in the second poorest country in the western hemisphere! (And I am thrilled a brother and sisters in Christ are serving the people there) My patience is being slightly stretched as I wait to see His kingdom come.
    Sean, you Katheryn and Sarah truly have the beautiful feet of those who live the good news they proclaim. May the Holy Spirit encourage your hearts as you live for your Lord.
    “When we deliberately choose to obey God, He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power.” ~ Oswald Chambers

  • Alex Cuda: Thanks for sharing the video! I still like the original song but it’s nice to hear a variation of it!

  • McKayla R…
    I think you missed the point I made. I was talking about the VIDEO. Its was a VIDEO contest. To make the best VIDEO. Not a “works” contest…not a “pick the most worthy charity” contest , a VIDEO contest. The judges failed to pick a worthy winner, instead they went against their own rules that were outlined in the contest and picked a winner that would give them an “outreach profile”. The announcement of the winner was held up for 4 days because the judges screwed up. They wasted alot of peoples time. People that invested their time and efforts to create an inspired video that adhered to the contest rules. They entered the contest under one set of rules and then were judged under another set of rules.
    Also , the winner in this contest was the ONLY contestant that revealed and/or boasted of their intentions of what they were going to do with the prize money. You may be surprized to find out what the other contests were going to do with the money. Parading your charity was NOT part of the contest.
    In case you were unaware, Christianity is the embodiment of truth. There wasnt alot of truth going around in this contest.
    Good for the people of Cusuna. Regardless of the mess that was created in this contest, the people of Cusuna have their fishfarm, Sean has his win, and truth is dragged through the mud yet AGAIN.


  • P.S….

    Even though you were lathered up about an inferior attempt at a video entry…the public wasnt. The Cusuna video was 25,000 views behind the leading video.

    So much for the genius marketing strategy of Friends and Heroes.

  • Alex & Brett,

    Were either of you at the National Bible Bee in Nashville, TN this year?? If you were…

    I’m pretty certain you sat down a couple chairs down from me during the morning service with Mr. Baucham on Sunday. I was so excited to think that I’d get to meet you, but then you left before the service was over…so, I almost met you =) (Assuming, of course, that it was you).

    Belonging to Jesus,

  • Alex: I assume you are older than most of the young people with whom you are interacting, so it is disappointing to see you use multiple identities (Alex Cuda, Gabby, and Francis A) to create an illusion of support and to angrily disparage the motives and judgment of the winners, their supporters, and the contest judges. While your video was excellently made, I’m afraid your comments undermine your argument — they demonstrate a bitter heart and an inability to graciously accept failure.

    Amy: Yes, Brett was at the National Bible Bee this year! I’m sorry you did not get to meet him!

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