“Indeed, Life Leadership isn’t just a business built on purpose; it’s actually our purpose built on business.” –Orrin Woodward
One of the ways a community of people solidifies its culture is by rewarding productive behavior with the opportunity to do good. Many of the teams within Life Leadership have figured this out over the last few years, and one of the communities in Michigan has developed a yearly tradition of giving their most committed teammates a chance to be a part of a Road Rally.
“One of the things that I most appreciate about my affiliation with Life Leadership is the giving hearts of the people in the community. It warms my heart to see how our teammates genuinely care about others and will not think twice about giving time and money to help the less fortunate. It’s one of the biggest blessings of my life…” -Chris Schill (Life Leadership Member)
As they gather for their monthly get-together, they put out a point system for a game that everyone plays as a group. You can get points for doing all kinds of different things…crazy things, fun things, sentimental things. The main idea is to show acts of kindness throughout the neighborhood, and to intentionally do good for random people. This year, the leaders decided to throw a little bit of a twist into the mix. While you could still rack up the points through doing all of the “normal” good deeds, they also put a certain amount of points on donating hygienic items.
The participants didn’t know what they were donating the items for, so it came as a very pleasant surprise when the leaders announced that they were partnering with the Keystone Community Church in Saline, Michigan, to get all of the donations to the Cass Corridor Street Ministry in downtown Detroit. While the church supports several ministries–both locally and globally–this specific outreach is designed to tend to the needs of the growing homeless population in one of our neediest cities. Once a month, among other outreach programs in the city, the Outcry Ministry Youth Group “gives away donated food items, clothing, blankets, hygiene items, and other necessities to the homeless on the streets and under the viaducts throughout the city of Detroit.” As they create relationships and open doors to the physical needs of their fellow Michiganders, they also share about God’s Word through evangelizing, singing songs and praying with them. Their mission is to “demonstrate the love of Christ in a very practical way to show those who are ‘down and out’ that they are not forgotten.”
After gathering enough hygienic items to pack over 136 complete bags, (filled with Band-Aids, a razor, shaving cream, body wash, deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste) leaders in the area loaded their car to drop the donation off at the church. The lady in charge was overwhelmed and said that it was the biggest and most generous donation they’d ever received at one time. With gratitude, she explained how the ministry could now spend the weekend spreading the gospel, providing a meal, handing out clothing and passing out all of the much-needed hygienic items.
“‘Have Fun, Make Money, Make a Difference’…What a great mission statement! At our last event, our teammates had a ton of fun and in the process, had a chance to make a difference in total strangers’ lives. The kits that were put together may initially not seem like much, but they are items that are designed to restore the dignity of those who are much less fortunate than us. It was an honor to be a part of this outreach, and it’s an honor to be a part of Life Leadership.” -Mike Hartmann (Life Leadership Member)
“I am absolutely in love with Life Leadership and our team, which is always intentional about having fun together and giving back to those in need. I’ve always worked with non-profit organizations that serve many people in need, but continue to be in absolute awe of the passion and generosity the Life Leadership community continually exudes. Our most recent event incorporated purchasing hygienic products to donate to a homeless shelter. Seeing the car completely packed with endless bags of supplies that would be donated was such a wonderful and humbling feeling. I am grateful and blessed to serve alongside this group.” -Tiffanie Martinez (Life Leadership Member)
As Orrin Woodward so often eludes to, the more we touch individuals, the more we will be able to affect families. And the more we affect families, the more opportunity we will have to impact communities. And the more we impact communities, the faster we will be able to influence the direction of our society. This is what the “Life on Life” Initiative is all about, and Life Leadership is proud to have Members who are willing to serve and give back to those who are less fortunate.
What are some of the ministries/outreaches that you have been blessed to be a part of?