Life Advice Part 2: You Were Made to Serve

Tim Ainley, CEO of Forward Edge, recently shared an inspiring message at a graduation commencement ceremony that is a timely and impactful message for us all. But, especially for recent graduates, young adults, and teens, these words could be the guiding principles you need as you step into a world with a million different possibilities:

Read Part 1: Remember Whose You Are

Ok, the second thing I wish someone would have told me is this: 

You were made to serve 

Let’s go back to Ephesians 2:10, which says: We are God’s handiwork (poiema), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

God made us to do good works…to bestow charity upon others…to give…to love…to serve. 

We follow Jesus’ example, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. 

In fact, do you remember the last lesson he taught the disciples in the upper room before going to the cross? He washed their feet and told them just as he has served them, they now ought to go and serve one another. 

That’s the purpose you were made for, graduates: to serve others. 

Let me ask any of you who have served on a mission trip…do you feel like even though you went to give of yourselves, you actually got more out of the experience than you gave? 

Yes! That’s the common theme we hear among people who serve with Forward Edge on mission trips. Because it’s how God designed us! 

And here’s what’s fascinating: science confirms this. 

Did you know that there is a positive biological response to altruism? That serving others, and giving to others, is actually good for your mental health?  

You see, when you give to someone else or serve them, with no motive behind it, no strings attached, your brain releases three chemicals: oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine.  

Doctors call these three chemicals the happiness trifecta because when your brain releases them, it brightens your mood. It increases your joy. 

You see, God designed us to serve others, and He biologically wired our bodies to flourish when we do so. 

You were made to serve. 

Read Part 3: Let God’s Will Come to You


Pilau Masala Recipe from Kenya

The rich flavors in Pilau Masala are a staple in Kenyan cooking, often mixed into rice. These flavors reflect Kenya’s diverse culinary landscape, showcasing a blend of indigenous African spices with those brought over by traders and settlers. We hope you enjoy this delectable spice mix as much as we

Go to Blog »

Financially Free

Conventional wisdom on wealth has been expressed throughout the ages. Ancient Greek philosopher Democritus wrote, “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, but rather dwells in the soul. By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.” Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin stated, “He does not possess wealth that

Go to Blog »
living on mission

Presenting Your Mission in 5 Steps

When it comes to sharing with others about your mission, calling, or passion for a particular cause, your main objective should be to connect with your audience. Get them engaged emotionally and intellectually so that they are ready to receive what you have to say. Whether you are one-on-one or

Go to Blog »

Fundraising Tips for Your Mission Trip

Forward Edge International has sent over 1,500 mission teams over the past three decades. During that time, we’ve gathered a few tips common among those who’ve successfully raised funds for their trip. Fundraising not only helps support your trip financially, it also provides a way for your friends and family

Go to Blog »
Transform a Child's Life Through Sponsorship

Habari (hello), my name is Tabitha

  • location


  • 11 yrs. old


Entered the program: October 2019

Tabitha lives with her mother and three brothers in a one-room sheet metal house which they rent. The family has one bed that is shared by three people and the two older children sleep on the floor. They get water from a borehole and the bathroom facility is in bad condition.                                                                                              
Tabitha’s father abandoned the family so her mother is the sole provider working as a fruit vendor. It is very difficult for her to feed, clothe, and educate the children; they wear tattered clothing and shoes, and spend most of the time at home due to lack of school fees.

Tabitha's brother, Geoffrey, is also in the Mama Beth program.

Sponsorship Level What's this?

Three $38 sponsorships are needed to cover the complete holistic care of one child. Cover one, two, or three sponsorships.