In the fall of last year, Polly, Love INC Executive Director, spoke at Family Life Church and called the church members there to action, inviting them to participate with Love INC in any of our various ministries. At the time, she had no idea who would answer the call. This month we would like to publicly acknowledge one man who responded six months ago and has faithfully served behind the scenes every Thursday since as Love INC’s GAP delivery person. We are incredibly grateful for Bill Meyers’ helping hand. Bill can be seen every Thursday running various errands for Love INC. He completes tasks like delivering donated items to our GAP ministry locations, picking up essential products for our clearinghouse or shelter, and shuttling food from Newberg Christian Church’s community dinner to our women’s shelter. Bill has become an integral part of the function of the clearinghouse and continues to bless us with his steadfast commitment. “And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."- Mark 9:35
In January Love INC was invited to take part in the Community Rewards Program of Fred Meyer, presented by the Kroger Family of Stores. In this unique program, Fred Meyer grants their shoppers the opportunity to link their rewards card to a charitable organization of their choice and in return Fred Meyer donates according to the number of rewards points shoppers earn. It doesn’t affect their personal rewards points, either! The first quarter of the program finished at the end of March and we were notified that 114 community members had linked their cards to Love INC, generating a donation of $1,917.82! Many of those people were our very own clients, who were quick to sign up when they first found out about the program. Please continue to join our clients in this effort so that we can further bless those in the Newberg area who have need.
Over the past few months one of our weekly volunteers has been working with an elderly client, who we shall call Betty. She was in need of new housing, and had no family or friends in the area who were able to help her. The process was long and difficult at times but Love INC remained in contact with Betty throughout the series of challenges, including finding a foster home for some of her beloved dogs. God impressed upon a volunteer that she needed to stay in touch with Betty and always be there to love, listen and help when possible. Recently Betty was able to move about two hours away to a lovely apartment in a quiet town. Our volunteer drove out to visit Betty to make sure she was settled in and had everything she needed to be comfortable. Their conversation lasted a couple of hours and ended with hanging colorful pictures on the wall to celebrate a long-awaited move and commemorate a friendship that was built through the Love INC ministry. “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”- 1 Peter 1:22
If you were to venture into the women’s shelter you would now discover that the living room area looks like a new creation. That’s because New Creations Intl., a furniture company whose owners live in Newberg, re-designed the room by providing a high-quality set of furniture including a leather couch, love seat, chair, and ottoman. The easy to clean and fresh smelling collection is unlike anything the shelter has ever had available for our clients and hosts. Thanks to New Creations, the primary living space for our shelter guests is now the most comfortable, relaxing room in the house. It’s a place where friends can enjoy each other’s company with fun-filled activities or conversation. “My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” – Isaiah 32:18
Every month Love INC sends out a Monthly Update highlighting our ministries’ biggest needs, both for the clearinghouse and for our GAP programs. People from all over the community always respond with generosity, but every so often we are surprised by an extra special donation. Frank Slyter, manager at the Hillsboro Costco, read our update, noticed we needed jeans and khaki pants for men. He asked his male coworkers if they had any to spare, and within a few days dropped off a dozen pairs of assorted men’s pants. His gift could not have been any timelier, as we have had several new homeless men become clients who were in dire need of clothing. “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? ‘And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:37-40