Vanuatu is largely based on subsistence farming and most young people would be most familiar with that environment. V2LIFE uses our small farm as a tool to disciple young people.
A handful of youth live and work at the LIFE FARM. They have recognized issues in their lives such as addictions, emotional hurts, moral struggles and all their implications and a general loss of direction in their lives that are momentarily hindering them from getting an education or a job.
Life at the farm is filled with all sorts of manual labor – taking care of our chickens and ducks, working the gardens, processing the harvest or selling the products, only to mention a few here. We plan to develop a small fish farm and even handicraft and arts in the future.
Besides learning hands-on skills, the youth also learn responsibility, reliability, honesty, work ethics, team work and many other important values for a successful and meaningful life.
Teaching skills in agriculture and aquaculture is a great opportunity to introduce and even research effective models and systems for grassroots level improvement of livelihood and health. We expect that over time our trainees will return to their communities to impact their families and communities.
The farm runs alongside our LIFE FAMILY which gives the context for life at the farm…the farm is family run.
To be LIFE FARM staff you need to have some experience in farming or at least a real interest in getting experienced, wanting to use farming as a tool to disciple and rise up young people. You need to be a mature Christian, not being shaken easily, especially not in areas where the youth you will be working with are struggling.
The LIFE FAMILY provides the context for our farm. The two ministries really go together, depending on each other. It is like the farm is family run, staff and participants living and working together in a family like environment.
It is during the family times when the youth receive encouragement discipleship and counseling to help them form life-giving biblical habits and patterns. Within the family there are also times of worship and intercession as well as teaching sessions on selected topics.
As a staff with the LIFE FAMILY you need to have a heart for, and preferably some formal training and experience in counseling. You will work with young people struggling with addictions to alcohol, kava and marijuana, struggling with the hurts from abuse and family breakdowns, struggling with anger and even rage, some of them having spent time in prison. Your job is it to create a safe family environment facilitating the process of healing that needs to take place. You will need to have a solid walk especially in the areas where the youth are struggling. As much of this is happening in the context of the farm you also have to be okay with manual labor, animals and getting your hands dirty.