Jesus received the gift of the poor, blessed the faith of the marginalized, identified with the predicament of the forgotten… and changed the world through them! What LLM does is unique to many organizations because we have limited our work to serve fewer, but in a more holistic fashion. In doing so, we rely on those transformed through our ministry to become the next generation of leaders to further that transformation. This calls us to a disciplined and committed approach, one that we believe is closely aligned to Christ’s model of ministry and discipleship.

Our goal is to break cycles of poverty, thereby ending unhealthy dependencies and fostering an interdependent community where all give as they receive. We believe a relational and spiritual approach to ministry ensures successful and lasting change.

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Our Guiding Principles

Are we compelled by the holy love of God? Our service is for God, led by his initiative and not in a response to human need. 

Are we enriching the whole person? Just as the challenges of poverty and addiction are complex, so are the people who are combating these challenges. Because of this, we serve people body, soul and spirit rather than relying on “simple fixes."

Are we creating a safe space that inspires growth? We believe that a community is a healing force not bound just by a geographic area, but a collection of healthy, deep relationships. All can give as they receive- living, working, playing and worshipping together.

Are we strengthening others to love and lead? We believe that the most effective change is initiated and achieved by local people, thus we develop indigenous leaders, building on their personal assets and God-given abilities. We believe that real love always makes the beloved stronger. 

 

Domains/Service Areas

Using a holistic approach, our organizational model combines housing, life coaching, education, mentoring and peer support in eight life areas/domains:

Basic Health and Safety - access to food, clothing, safe shelter, and healthcare
Educational Success - advance toward age-appropriate education levels
Employment - obtain and retain gainful employment
Financial Literacy - acquire skills for responsible financial stewardship
Relational Skills - restore and/or maintain healthy relationships
Citizenship and Community - become a contributing member of society
Recovery - understand the causes and effects of substance abuse, respond accordingly
Spiritual Maturity - involvement in faith community, development of self-esteem