Humanity is demanding purpose. We're supplying it.
In 2015, sitting in small office spaces and coffee shops, the founders of Three to Abandon were working on a project for another Christian non-profit. Ideas were pitched, surveys evaluated, information dissected, but one strange detail stood out among it all; we found that some adults often came back to the U.S. feeling aimless and purposeless after serving in various ways around the world. At the time it made no sense at all. Why were some believers left feeling lost after they had come back from serving incredible communities in incredible places for an incredible calling? Because they just didn't understand how it was supposed to fit into the big picture of their life. Their service wasn't lost on the communities they reached, but the people serving needed direction too...
More research showed the need to understand life purpose was a recurring theme not just limited to people pursuing the great commission or even just to Christians. The search for purpose, as you may guess, is astonishingly pervasive across the millennial generation, generations before and after it, across all races and ethnicities, for both men and women. And even if someone eventually discovers their purpose, will the three things that limit all humanity - doubt, insecurity, and fear - hold them back from actually pursuing it? Will they have the tools to abandon those three things (and more) in order to chase what God has for them? Without real mentorship or community or truth, probably not.
Pursuing purpose is a balance of abandoning self, and embracing self (*Mark 8:35, Romans 12:4-8). So that's exactly what we focus on, using an exclusive and highly researched Purpose Curriculum. It is biblically-based, developed using modern psychology and coaching techniques, and we're there to mentor and disciple the community through the entire process!
The process unfolds in one of two ways: during a 5-day trip somewhere unique and private in the U.S. (The Abandon Experience), or within an online community in about 4 to 8 weeks, depending on your pace (Abandon Experience Virtual).
While Abandon Experience Virtual is open to anyone, the trips through The Abandon Experience are limited to U.S. and Canadian residents only, ages 20-38, and people interested in the trip must first apply to be chosen. The application process for the trips isn't about exclusivity, but about really understanding each individual, in order to strategically group people together for the few trips we have each year!
Finding and supplying the purpose we all seek is really a spiritual journey. It goes beyond a career. It looks past the world's definition of purpose. It involves Jesus. Imagine the impact of a generation who is confident in how they fit into the body of Christ. Imagine the impact of a generation where everyone was doing what they were truly made for. This is the dream we're committed to.
We continue to grow our community online and offline, reinventing what it means to have authentic, close relationships with people who even live hundreds of miles away. The people who've done an Abandon Experience have truly found a new sense of family, and often say it's one of the most incredible parts of their journey to purpose. Visit our full community page to get a glimpse of our leaders, volunteers, participants, and check out some of the real moments our community has captured since we started in 2015.
Three to Abandon is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
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