The story of our ministry is not one of a typical sound because we
have not planned this all of our life. We did not picture this life
for ourselves, necessarily, but what we witnessed was something more
extraordinary than a calling or message. We witnessed true divine
fragility and the true meaning of spirituality in the average person.
It is rare to witness such a natural beauty in this world, but when
you do, it will leave you breathless and struggling for answers inside
yourself and society.
The story begins as two guys who merely were looking for answers
in a world of hurt and fear. We were struggling through times of
hardships involving death and other misfortunes of life. As any
average person would, we clung to what we thought would help us along
the way and restore our happiness. We used faith in the traditional
sense as taught, however this did not restore the ideals we desired,
but we did find an answer that worked; which was faith – not in the
typical sense. This faith was not in something else but within one’s
self. It came to this because a void feeling that overwhelmed us with
all other salvation. This was not due from our disbelief in faith but
from disbelief within ourselves. To find this we went on an unexpected
journey that was not only emotional, but defining and justifying to
the world gone wrong.
This day began as any other on the job site. We began a day’s work
and began discussing life, religion, and politics; our three favorite
subjects. Today’s discussion focused mostly on religion though because
of the troubles we were both facing, and the journey we were on to
find the answers in our lives. At this point, we were very unsure of
anything and really wanted to challenge ourselves to find out how
others felt on this situation too. Today was different though, certain
things like this had been said before; however, instead of blowing it
off like we usually do we decided to challenge ourselves on an
emotional level, one of which we had little experience. We decided to
do this because we realized if you do not try and change what you do
not like, then you have no business thinking it will change. Things do
not happen unless you make them happen.
We decided to go out for lunch today because we had to run an
errand for work. We also had to make a trip to the local all purpose
store. The only problem was we still had no clue of how we were going
to challenge ourselves to whatever it was we wanted to know, but we
just knew we were going to do it. It was something we felt more
passionate about than ever before and were destined not to justify our
pain, but finally change the commonly growing hurt and emptiness we
felt on a daily basis.
During lunch, we pondered how we were to make this happen. We
finally decided to bring forth this objective at our local store
because what could be better than experimenting at a place where
everybody goes no matter their stature. Then all of a sudden it dawned on
us, lets ask other people how they are dealing with the same concept.
It was such a simple concept, but the answers were anything but.
As we strolled into our local all purpose store , we had only one
thing on our mind and weirdly, it almost felt like we were going to rob
the place, but in reality we were giving our mission a purpose and
meaning. We decided to find one person and approach them together.
The first person that was approached was your typical single mom. We
happily struck up a conversation with her and we honestly think she
just wanted someone to listen. She had recently been through hard
times too – divorce and death, the loss of her only son. She became a
heavy drinker and was outcast, but still wanted to have faith because
it was all she had left. To see someone in such disparity would break
even the strongest and coldest of hearts, just like ours. We asked her
how she felt about God. She slowly began whimper and a slow tear fell
from her face. She told us that she wanted to believe and hang on the
only thing she had, but she just did not know how anymore. We told her
we wanted to help her, to rebuild herself. We wanted to show her
support really exists in this world and hope is real, but it is up to
her to make it happen. She then asked us if we were atheists, we
looked at one another and both had the same answer without even
blinking. No, we are just like you, a beautiful soul that has been
broken by society and needs to rebuild before they can have faith
again. We told her how we did not want to discourage faith but amplify
it, no matter the denomination or affiliation, by showing her how to
live again and remember how to be strong again. We explained there is
much to learn from everyone, regardless of beliefs, because we all
experience similar issues, yet handle them differently.
The lady began the subtly cry and began to thank us, even though
she had done the work by merely accepting her reality and facing it
head on. It was a sense of beauty watching such an event takes place.
It was almost as if we saw the burden being eased, even though she
still had much to do. She ended up taking our numbers and imploring
us to keeping helping people because what we are doing could change
the world one person at a time.
Honestly, this changed our lives as much as it did hers and it
gave us the inspiration for a ministry of a different cause. It is one
that is more than faith and money, it is one of realistic hope and
idealism that one needs to live and compete in a harsh society. It is
critical that we all keep a firm sense of reality to get us through
the day, but without believing in ourselves and facing that reality;
society will destroy you one day at a time because nothing occurs
until you help it.
We began this just as two average people named Brad and Stephen,
and shockingly, we made a difference in someone’s life. After that
event, we made it our mission to try and enrich as many lives as we
could. Now we want to share with you our experiences and hope you join
us in doing the same. We want to help you refocus and redirect your
life so you can do the same for someone else’s. This ministry exists
to help those seeking understanding because we are those people, and
have been there, just like you.
Beauty in the essence of reality will change your life forever because it is
something most people never witness. Our message is simple; we want
to help you realize just that. Make a change in your life and help
each individual soul, who desires help, remember why you deserve
to make it through the day. Some people in our society may not believe
one person can change the world, but everyone can agree that one
person can save someones life and that is something we tend to forget.