LOVE BEGINS HERE provides middle and high school youth with an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in a life changing way through week long, local Mission Trips where they live in Catholic community and continue His work on earth.
We boldly take initiative to bring love to our neighbors, evangelizing with patience and joy. We are aware that when we close our eyes to our neighbor, it also blinds us to God. We encounter Him in those we serve. By putting God first in all we do, we live to serve others. Things of the world come last. We will find ourselves and come alive when we make a sincere gift of ourselves to our neighbors.
Small things. Great love.
We work on a small scale with a larger perspective. No task is too small in the eyes of the Lord when filled with great love. We will aim for perfection in our work because our work belongs to the Lord.
We are missionaries who work with passion, knowing we can bring God’s love to our brothers and sisters who hunger. Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self. We refuse to settle for comfort and complacency, because we know each person is infinitely loved. We are the ones who enjoy life most, leaving security on the shore, on a mission to spread the joy of the Gospel.
LOVE BEGINS HERE Launched in the summer of 2009 in the diocese of madison. ten years and 69 mission trips later, LBH missionaries have transformed communities. Beginning in 2016, Love begins here has branched out to help other catholic dioceses and communities engage in local mission trips with the LBH family.
"Love Begins here reminds me that true joy comes from following Christ in everything we do. I am able to live that out on LBH by going out of my comfort zone to help others, and I found joy in my work." - High School Missionary
"I used to close my eyes to people I didn’t care about. I was never happy. And then, I came to Love Begins Here for the first time. I spent time in prayer, and I would talk and laugh with other missionaries. I was finally happy after years and years of being depressed." - Middle School Missionary
"Nothing we did on Love Begins Here was going to change the world drastically. What it could drastically change is someone’s life. Although our tasks were small, they were by no means trivial, and we made a lot of people’s days by just giving of our time this week." - High School Missionary