“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Life on Life Initiative has officially gone viral! So many Life Leadership Members have decided to adopt this culture of making a difference in people’s lives. In a recent interview, Life Leadership CEO Chris Brady stated, “The Life on Life initiative is as important as it gets! It basically turns our Life Members loose in their local communities to make a difference anywhere and everywhere they see a real human need. What has already been accomplished in just a short amount of time is staggering, and best of all, it’s only the beginning!”
There are so many needs that need to be met and when those needs are identified by people who care, progress happens. When progress happens, then comes hope. Eventually, restoration takes place and people are now able to see a purpose for their life. Ultimately, the Life on Life Initiative is leading people to hope, restoration and purpose.
On Saturday, September 5th, 2015, Life Leadership Members organized a Life on Life event at “The Farm” in Fremont, Michigan, and the efforts from volunteers certainly served a purpose.
What is The Farm?
The Farm is a Green Care program using plants, animals and nature as well as traditional methods to help people of all ages grow, heal and overcome challenges they’ve had in their life.
The Farm helps build positive self-esteem and self-confidence while using hands-on experiential programs. Among these are educational, mental health, skill building, leadership, development of potentials, youth and families programs and prevention of abuse and neglect.
The Farm provides opportunities to learn to make healthier choices through increasing self-esteem, assets, competencies and leadership. This, in turn, helps create healthier, more productive citizens and healthier communities.
The Farm serves people of all ages, cultures, faiths, and walks of life. They work with schools, agencies, faith-based organizations, businesses, civic clubs as well as community and professional organizations.
The Life Leadership participants helped by fixing fencing, painting, gardening, doing grounds clean-up and basically anything hands-on that the program needed. Many people underestimate the power of healing through love. Animals provide unconditional love and have a natural sense for identifying emotions; that is why combining therapy with the unconditional love of an animal, really helps. The animals can sense when people are sad, when they need a hug, when they need a friend, when they are happy, when they are anxious, and even when they are tired.
“My favorite part about serving at The Farm was doing something helpful for others who minister to hurting people, without them being able to repay us. It feels so good to help without receiving anything in return. We met wonderful people and helped an amazing program.” -Beth Morgan (Life Member)
“For a few of our teammates it was their first time doing a service project or volunteering. It was great to see how much joy it brought them. The experience also bonded us together tighter as a team and made me reflect on the things that are truly important – which is leading people to truth and happiness and helping them have a more meaningful and fulfilling life.” -Beth Morgan
We are so proud of the Band of Brother’s – Leadership Company for serving at The Farm and helping to bring hope, restoration and purpose back to the people that they served.