Actively bringing about much needed change in our communities and hope to the broken and disheartened.
“Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”
The first time we heard this we felt like someone needed to do the dishes. We are not really sure who originally said it – it’s somewhere in the book Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, but even in their book it is a quote from a t-shirt.
Both Tyler and Ryan have similar stories. If you’re interested in them – this blog has served as a map of the trajectory their lives have taken since graduating from Houghton College with the intention of being ministers in the church. All you have to do is start from the beginning and you’ll discover stories of struggling faith and failed dreams – but also of success and big accomplishments. Through all that we have done, it has been our aim to make an impact on the world around us and share our stories and our struggles with everyone.
We both started with jobs in the church, with the goal of living “missional” lives – or being tangibly helpful to those who needed help physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Tyler worked at a church in Virginia before he left to attempt to start a not-for-profit coffee shop in Las Vegas that would serve homeless people living underneath the city with help from the Wesleyan church. Ryan spent time working in a homeless shelter and with emotionally disabled children while engaging a small church in Syracuse in reaching outward to the community and the world through acts of service. Both of us have struggled deeply with faith, left the church, and through the years have come to recognize spirituality outside of the church in our own ways.
Tyler now works as an adoption specialist in Florida, while Ryan is working toward his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo and continues working with emotionally disabled foster youth. We share our experiences with you here in this blog, as we engage in what it means to ‘be a dishwasher’ in a world that needs people to support each other in times of need and to be servant-leaders in our communities.
As we live and write we hope to do so as men who will bring revolutionary change to our communities. We don’t pretend to be doing it 100% right or to have all of the answers. This is simply a place where we unpack and explore the ways in which we feel we can change our communities for better, all while exploring the physical, spiritual, and emotional elements that impact us along the way.