Participation in Labor of Love service event involves a leap of faith. Recently, one of Labor of Love’s co-founders was talking with the local organizer of an upcoming service event, and they identified LoL leaps of faith of two distinct types:
- Participants making the commitment to come, often arranging time off work or away from other obligations, travel to the city where the event will be held, and knowing they will contribute something financially to fund the project supplies… and all of this without having any idea what type of work they will be doing.
- Organizers taking a leap of faith to invite people to their community, many of whom they do not know and who may never have visited there, well in advance of knowing the details of arrangements that will need to be made for the group, especially how to seek the service opportunities for the weekend. Organizers also make commitments to people in need, with a leap of faith that the participants who have said they will come will actually show up and make good on those promises.
Listen as a local organizer describes the process as she experienced it.
Most Labor of Love people know well both the excitement and possibly the anxious feeling of the first leap of faith. Anticipation of project information builds until some of the details begin to trickle out a few weeks before the event. Then a new anticipation begins to build as we begin to anticipate loving the individuals we will serve. The fruit of that anticipation is an outpouring of love for two days whose effects linger for a very long time in the hearts of both the giver and the receiver.
Local organizers take their leap of faith within the safety net of people who have gone before them to host a Labor of Love, and the active involvement of one or more of Labor of Love’s co-founders as mentors. It can be a roller coaster of an experience – making phone calls and other contacts, prayerfully seeking inspiration on where and how to serve, becoming more aware of needs in the community – both those that are a good fit for Labor of Love weekends and sometimes needs that require an ongoing local volunteer commitment.
The impact of Labor of Love rests first and foremost on the source of the inspiration about who and where we need to serve. We serve not so that people will see us, but so that through us, people will see and acknowledge Him.
Our success and impact also rests on the brave leap of faith of the men and women who over these past several years have stepped up to the plate to host an event and have worked so diligently before and during the weekend of service so that it will be a transformative and fulfilling experience for volunteers. We salute them, each and every one.
Will you take a Labor of Love leap of faith? Which one?