I was having a hard time deciding what I was going to do with my life. I prayed that God would use me as His vessel. I didn’t hear anything from Him for a while.
But in 2015, I was driving my car and saw an elderly man really struggling to cut his grass. So I got out of my car and helped him finish the yard. When I was driving away, I was amazed at how good that felt. And I truly believed God was speaking to me.
So as I was finishing up my computer science degree, I would find widows, veterans, disabled or elderly people that needed their grass cut and just do it. For free. I couldn’t believe how it touched them. So many of these people had lost a lot of joy in their lives.
More than cutting their lawn, I’d spend time listening to their stories. So this was not just about taking care of their yard; it was showing them they matter and that God cares for them.
Then I started getting kids in my city involved, encouraging them to take care of yards for people that couldn’t do it themselves. We’ll even blow leaves in the fall, and shovel snow in the winter. I give them a free t-shirt once they take care of ten yards, and if they do 50 yards, I’ll give them a free lawn mower. It was my way of mentoring and training young men to give back to their community.
Now it’s developed into a ministry called Raising Men Lawn Care Service. We have 244 kids throughout the United States and in five different countries that are doing this. I travel all over America cutting yards in different cities, and taking the opportunity to talk about the value of serving others. God has guided each one of my decisions, and I hope that He is pleased with the work that is being done in His name.