In February 2013, we took a group of young people on our inaugural mission trip to Indonesia. What began as a surf trip soon evolved into much more – a chance to LOVE, LIVE, and GIVE in Indonesia. Click on the links below to find out what we will got up to in Indonesia besides surfing! This 11-day mission was the first of many mission trips to Southeast Asia and around the world!
As part of our Indonesian skate mission, we worked along side locally run programs such as Bali Life Foundation. We were able to serve this organisation labouring to prepare their new premisis for opening later that month. We had the opporutunity to bless this foundation with new skateboards and are currently in talks about building a new skate ramp for the new premisis!
Do you want to get out of your comfort zone? Do you like to travel? Do you want a life changing experience?
Contact us to find out about our future missions trips and how you can be involved!
In addition to the skate ministry, we volunteered our time at Putra Pemenang Bali Soccer Club. Partnering with ICC (International Christian Community) we had the chance to help coach approximately 80 local children – Balinese & Javanese – that are divided into 6 age groups.
We were able to supply soccer balls and soccer boots to the local kids. We also were able to provide ongoing sponsorship to a number of kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to attend these training sessions and hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For only $7.00 AUD, we can send 1 child to these training sessions for an entire month, and $30.00 AUD will buy them a pair of boots! If you would like to give specifically to this part of the project, we would love to hear from you!
Do you want to get out of your comfort zone? Do you like to travel? Do you want a life changing experience? Contact us to find out about our future missions trips and how you can be involved!
Prayer Support - I read once that we should dream so big that only God can fulfill it. Our dream is to see Love Is A Verb grow, and to do that requires faithful supporters. We need your prayers for direction, for opportunities, and for the relationships we hope to build along the way. We especially need your support during our mission trips – for protection over our team, and for favor in the eyes and ears of those who need to hear the message of LOVE and HOPE. Prayer is just as vital and important as giving of your time or resources. Please contact us if you feel led to be a part of our prayer support team.
Financial Support - In addition to prayer, we need your financial support to see this organisation grow. We truly believe God has called us to GIVE passionately, and we want to extend that offer to you to partner with us in this way. Whether you have the means to give abundantly or only in a small donation, no gift is too insignificant for God to use. Sometimes giving seems difficult when things are tight but understand that even a small amount can make a difference. Additionally, 100% of the profits made from the sale of apparel in our online store will go directly into the hands of those in need. We are exited to see God open our eyes to specific needs and projects, so stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved financially. If you feel led to donate to the organisation to support administration and/or flights and accommodation for mission trips, please contact us
Have you ever had a moment in life where you thought to yourself – There has to be more to life than this? For years, that thought has surfaced over and over again in my head, but I was too comfortable to find an answer. At the time, life was good; I had no complaints, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to upset the balance. I ran my own business that enabled me the luxury of working on the beach every day and travelling the world. What a life, right? For many people, maybe this would be enough, but for me, I felt like something was always missing. I had so much to be grateful for, and yet I still felt unfulfilled. I began to think that financial success and material possessions could not be the end-all to happiness and fulfillment. I was looking for answers but coming up empty-handed.
Imagine someone standing still and the whole world around them was in fast forward – that was me. I was on cruise control, just going through the motions, until a special person gave me a book that changed my life forever. Now those that know me well know that I don't read books - ever! But I accepted the book with a smile and a courteous “thank you” without any intention of ever opening the cover. Little did I know that this book would plant a seed for what I now know is the direction God wants me to take in my life. The book "The blessed life" by Michael Roberts is all about Giving. Its the story of generousity and how it is a powerful tool and prinicple to live by. Some people believe in Karma, I however simply believe in the Bible. I beleive the bible is the word of God and it speaks extensively about the principle of generousity.
The seed that was planted years ago has now come to fruition, and Love Is A Verb was born. Love is a Verb was created out of a desire to build a platform for people to Give. My desire for this organisation is to use our passion for surfing and skating to give young people the opportunity to give generously to those in need. In fact its more than just that, Its a tool that will challenge people in their own lives. It's an opportunity for people to get out of their comfort zones, get off the couch, get away from our cushy lives and go to a place that will enable some serious soul searching!
1 John 3:17 "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no compassion for them, how can the love of God remain in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love in theory or speech but with actions and in truth." Love Is A Verb - an Action! Throughout the Bible, God makes our purpose in life pretty simple - 'accept God's love, love God, and love others'. At Love Is A Verb, our goal is to LOVE in a relevant and effective manner. We are God’s hands and feet on this earth, and our desire is to go where He calls us to go – to LOVE those He calls us to LOVE.
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." We are called to LIVE life to the fullest and in the many blessings that God has for us. Love Is A Verb will be organising mission trips overseas, where volunteers will have the opportunity to visit exotic places, surf the world’s best breaks, skate the best skate parks, and enjoy the adventure of travel! But most importantly, these mission trips will give volunteers the privilege of sharing the fullness and joy of LIFE and God’s LOVE with those that are less fortunate. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) – not only will volunteers be able to bless others, but they will walk away with the kind of joy that only comes from serving and giving of yourself.
Isaiah 32:8 – "But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand." Our mission is to GIVE generously and wholeheartedly to those in need. In giving, we hope to reach people with an everlasting LOVE that only comes from GOD. Through hearts of generosity and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, we believe that God can break down barriers and open the hearts of those who so desperately need His love.
"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for days to come."Love Is A Verb is not just about surfing, skating, and soccer – it’s much more than that! Our vision extends beyond youth to the core unit of society – the family.
The Gift that keeps on Giving
Imagine meeting a family in need. Most of us would not hesitate to offer financial assistance to help a family or child on the brink of poverty. Although the gift is well intended and useful at the time, those funds may only last a day, a week, or maybe a month; soon the vicious cycle of poverty would circle back around again. Now imagine giving that same family a way to break this cycle. We believe sharing the gift of business with families can achieve this goal. Business is an effective way to help them create brighter and sustainable futures for themselves and their children, whilst empowering them at the same time!
Business as a Gift
Using the gift of business to break the cycle of poverty is a long-term goal for our organisation. We plan to start small by working with local families in impoverished areas, teaching them simple but effective business skills. Additionally, we will provide vital supplies such as bikes, tuk-tuks, cooking facilities, etc., which can be used to bless families with the necessary tools to provide for themselves. Meeting the needs of these families physically will be a great blessing, but our ultimate prayer is that God will use this work in a huge way to bring families to Christ. We have big ideas in this area and with God’s guidance and the support of those partnering with us, we hope to open bigger and better businesses that will provide for not just one, but for many families.