“Building a brotherhood through training for and responding to the physical needs of the overlooked”
“Cultivating effective, godly men of action and character for the exaltation of Christ.”
WHO WE ARE
We are an organization that equips men and young men to embrace the charge of tangibly making a difference for members of our communities who are overlooked, underprivileged, or oppressed. Our experiences teach these men the hands on skill and character needed to meet the needs of their community. Our hearts desire is to develop relationships that cultivate our four core values of manhood: Learn, Act, Serve, Train.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Workshops – these give young men hands on training in a variety of skills. It could be anything from a day in the woods learning wilderness survival skills, to learning how to frame a wall and window, to how to fix a mower. See the workshops page for more info and upcoming events.
Projects – these are a chance for men and young men to work together to tangibly help someone in our community that may be in a tough spot or season in life. Its also a chance to put what was learned at a previous workshop into practice or learn something new on the job. See the projects page for more info and upcoming events.
WHAT L.A.S.T. STANDS FOR
LEARN what you don’t know.
The most influential men in history did not wait for knowledge to find them, nor did they play the victim when they discovered there was something they didn’t know. They yearned for knowledge. They sought it out. They learned what they didn’t know.
If we are to live at a deep level of manhood, we must start by humbling ourselves and learning the skills and truths we don’t know. Whether it’s changing a tire on a car, framing a door, or maintaining integrity at work, we all have things we don’t know, so lets start learning them.
This is something we’re passionate about here at Living to L.A.S.T. We seek to create environments for young and old alike to learn a variety of practical skills through a hands-on style of learning. At the same time, we long to teach and exemplify the characteristics all men are called to embody.
ACT on what you do know.
Most of us, when we do know what to do, often choose to do otherwise. Whether it’s as simple as holding the door open for the lady behind us, or as difficult as preventing the terrorists from crashing another plane into the pentagon on 9/11, so often we know what to do but fail to act.
We don’t just want to be men who know, but also men who do. We are called to be men of action.
This mindset of action is something Living to L.A.S.T. strives to instill in the hearts and minds of men who attend our workshops and service projects. We seek to encourage and push one another not only to know the things that are true, but also to have those truths match our actions.
SERVE with what you have.
The best men in the world are not those who expect to be served, but rather those who serve others. In this truth lies the challenge to examine our own lives, lose the excuses, and let the Lord lead us as to how we can serve others with what we have.
Not only is this a goal we have for the men who come through our organization, but it’s something we strive for in the organization itself. We want to lead by example, giving men opportunities in our service projects not just to serve once, but to take what they’ve learned back home and serve right where they are.
TRAIN others along the way.
For centuries, the most effective model of learning has been to walk alongside someone in order to pass down knowledge and wisdom. It goes by many names: training an apprentice, teaching an intern, making a disciple, but the basic principle remains the same. In all but one occasion, the person handing down the knowledge was not without fault of their own, nor were they done learning what they were teaching. So lets stop waiting for the “experts” to come and teach, and start using our current knowledge and experience to train others.
This principle is at the core of what Living To L.A.S.T. is all about. None of the instructors are perfect, nor have they stopped learning in the areas they teach, but rather than sit on what they know, they decided to pass it on, in the hopes that others will do the same.