The Needs

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody. I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
— mother teresa

Over the past 6 years being in missions and service, I've had the privilege of traveling and experiencing many new places, cultures and people - all along absorbing as much as I could, serving in tangible ways, and intentionally seeking to share the message of Jesus Christ in an as real and approachable way as I could. I have had some of the most intimate moments with complete strangers in the most unexpected of places and what I continue to come across is a deep desire to be seen and to be known. To connect on a deeper level. To be heard and loved. To find purpose in existence and to find hope beyond understanding. These are what I believe to be the root of our needs. Yes, we must to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and house the homeless. But we first and foremost need to welcome, love and care in a way that can only come from God. 

 
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CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY.

"I am air."

  • Lacking of a feeling of belonging.

  • Longing to be seen, heard, understood and accepted. (Sometimes at any cost.)

 

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Encouragement and purpose.

"I'm scared if I try I will fail." 

  • Desire for meaningfulness in life and work.

  • Deep need for encouragement and someone to come alongside them.

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faith and congruency.

"God isn't really relevant anymore."

  • Hurt from their past experiences with the church.

  • Anger, confusion and/or frustration with Christians and with God.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
— 1 Timothy 1:5
Hospitality & Community Integration.  Creating, facilitating and encouraging inclusive and accepting environments for others to come together in love and collaboration. Managing and collaborating with guesthouses, hostels and community spaces with the intention of cultivating a culture of acceptance and genuine care for each individual to be welcomed into. Instilling and living out the truth's that Jesus speaks - that each person is valuable and worthy - in the hopes of finding true identity and building bridges between people who, may otherwise, never come in contact with each other. The church needs to be found where community restoration begins and in the midst of where social change is happening. We must be at the forefront of making "those people" - family. Making THEIR needs, OUR needs - their hurts, our hurts.

Hospitality & Community Integration.

Creating, facilitating and encouraging inclusive and accepting environments for others to come together in love and collaboration. Managing and collaborating with guesthouses, hostels and community spaces with the intention of cultivating a culture of acceptance and genuine care for each individual to be welcomed into. Instilling and living out the truth's that Jesus speaks - that each person is valuable and worthy - in the hopes of finding true identity and building bridges between people who, may otherwise, never come in contact with each other. The church needs to be found where community restoration begins and in the midst of where social change is happening. We must be at the forefront of making "those people" - family. Making THEIR needs, OUR needs - their hurts, our hurts.

Fitness & Wholistic Life Coaching.  Identifying and diving head first into the specific health and soul necessities of individuals. Meeting basic needs, attending to physiological and self-fulfilling needs in order to find healing and restoration through the beautiful collaboration of body, mind, and spirit. Addressing issues of self- worth and grasping true identity. Seeking reconciliation through daily movement, healthy life habits, and growth in faith. Educating about nutrition, rest, and physical activity in the knowledge and strength of Christ toward the fullness of life that He promises. (John 10:10) Creating life specific plans for individuals and encouraging them each step of the way. Empowering them to live balanced, full lives where contentment and joy can be found in all circumstances.

Fitness & Wholistic Life Coaching.

Identifying and diving head first into the specific health and soul necessities of individuals. Meeting basic needs, attending to physiological and self-fulfilling needs in order to find healing and restoration through the beautiful collaboration of body, mind, and spirit. Addressing issues of self- worth and grasping true identity. Seeking reconciliation through daily movement, healthy life habits, and growth in faith. Educating about nutrition, rest, and physical activity in the knowledge and strength of Christ toward the fullness of life that He promises. (John 10:10) Creating life specific plans for individuals and encouraging them each step of the way. Empowering them to live balanced, full lives where contentment and joy can be found in all circumstances.

Educational Presentations & Intentional Conversation.  Initiating discussions about life, faith, hope, religion, social issues, identity and if God is real and relevant today. Creating “safe places” that encourage us to examine, doubt, and ask the hard questions. Seeking answers but also finding comfortability in the mystery of God. Challenging social norms, learning from others experiences, opinions and world-views while also taking these issues to the feet of Christ - absorbing it all in with the goal of growth in knowledge, wisdom and faith. Here is where connection, discussion and mutual respect/understanding can be nurtured. Conducting educational presentations and hosting events focusing on issues facing our communities today and how we can begin to work toward reconciliation and resolution.

Educational Presentations & Intentional Conversation.

Initiating discussions about life, faith, hope, religion, social issues, identity and if God is real and relevant today. Creating “safe places” that encourage us to examine, doubt, and ask the hard questions. Seeking answers but also finding comfortability in the mystery of God. Challenging social norms, learning from others experiences, opinions and world-views while also taking these issues to the feet of Christ - absorbing it all in with the goal of growth in knowledge, wisdom and faith. Here is where connection, discussion and mutual respect/understanding can be nurtured. Conducting educational presentations and hosting events focusing on issues facing our communities today and how we can begin to work toward reconciliation and resolution.

“Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place... the paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness; but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free.”
— Henry Nouwen