In the winter of 2018, a group of college students brainstormed ideas on how they could fundraise for their mission trip. Everyone knows how challenging it can be. Nonetheless, their brains brought together the idea to sell t shirts. Only, they didn't want their t shirts to be your typical mission trip shirt. They wanted their t shirts to represent something bigger than just the trip, they wanted the shirts to stand for what the mission trip was all about, sharing the gospel. From there, 5 shirts were born. All different phrases with the statement "Ask Me Why" on the back. Everything from saying "I Have Joy" "I Am Enough" to "I Have Hope" and "I Am Free" written on the front in hopes of catching eyes and starting conversations. The idea was so loved by their friends and family that it only made sense to do it again the following year. This time, the idea being spearheaded by two individuals in hopes of doing something bigger than just themselves.
In October of 2019, the company was legally born, "Ask Us Why." From then, it has done exactly as they had hoped for, becoming something more than just a t shirt. Now, the company focuses strongly on ministry and reaching the next generation of believers while continuing to support mission work and fundraising. Since then, the team has grown, the company rebranded, the model restructured, and the mission has been established.
Ask Us Why exists to support, disciple, and mobilize the next generation of believers to bring Jesus to the world.
We support believers through fundraising for mission trips. This comes through partnering with teams to allow a % of sales made in their name through our site to go directly to them. The other option is to create your own t shirt that we will print and they can sell for a higher profit.
We disciple heavily through our Resource Hub. If you don't know, our Resource Hub starts off with articles delegated into three sections: Hot Topics, Essentials, and Sharing Jesus. Within these three we release an article every Tuesday and Thursday into one of those categories to help encourage, teach, or persuade people to think Biblically about the world rather than let the world interpret the Bible. Beyond that we have a Podcast that we release an episode on every Monday called VESSELS which breaks down even more topics that are relatable and relevant. We also focus predominantly on discipleship through our main Instagram page as well.
More than anything we are called to live out our faith, and too many churches are failing to mobilize their flock to live out the Gospel and reach the lost. We are passionate about living out our faith wherever we go. We have plans in the future to offer mission trips for the Ask Us Why community as a way to help people get their feet moving. Beyond that we aim to mobilize believers to not sit with their faith but move with it, especially through social media. We aim to create shareable content that people can easily repost or send to their followers as well as an easy way to witness to others.
Ask Us Why doesn't stop at apparel because we realized that apparel was simply the medium at which to keep doing what we were created for, and that is bringing glory to God in everything we do. We hope you love Ask Us Why and want to join us in this journey to reach the next generation and change this world for Jesus.