27 02, 2017

March Update

By | February 27th, 2017|Update|

"I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Don't you see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Isaiah 43:19 "New things" is a favorite theme in the word of God, and it's a favorite theme at Love INC! When someone walks in our door for the first time, they don't just received a handout or help, they receive hope. We tell them God is doing something new in their lives beginning now! He can take them out of the wilderness, out of the dry place, and bring them into a place of refreshing, into new life. That's what I love best about this ministry – giving people hope that from that moment on, God begins a new work that will forever change their lives. I, too, am in a new place. As the new president of the Board of Directors of Love INC, I am excited to walk this path before me. After several years of service, Ken Cuddeford will be fulfilling his committed term and stepping down. We are so grateful for his dedication to Love INC Newberg and our community, and look forward to partnering with Ken in new and exciting ways. What a privilege it is to see those who come to Love INC take their first steps on the new path God has created for them! I look forward to serving this ministry and the awesome churches in our community that make [...]

22 02, 2017

If It Were Not For God… I Would Not Be Here Today!

By | February 22nd, 2017|Shelter|

“My life has been transformed,” “Lenore” volunteers, as we position ourselves on her new couch to hear her story. “Only God could have made the transformation in my life! Serving the Lord is my purpose in life.” Lenore had just signed a rental agreement for her first apartment in many years after working through the Newberg Community Shelter (transitional living program) for the past year and three months. She had to walk though several volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, counseling appointments and repayments to creditors to reach this point. “Daily life is still a challenge but so much better than before. I enjoy my job at the cabinet factory to which I commute daily on my trusty bike. I have many friends, participate in a local church, I assist my family in their needs and I encourage others to use the resources Love INC and the local churches provide.” “What is the reason for my recovery…? Two words: Love INC! My life was a wreck, multiple marriages, three years in prison, bad relationships, drinking and drugs. My life was off to a really bad start in every way. I can’t begin to tell you the misery of my life at that time. Several years ago, I looked for help to Love INC to live in their women’s shelter, but I didn’t obey the guidelines and was soon out on the street sleeping in my car.” In her desperate situation, Lenore turned a second time to Love INC to request to live [...]

15 02, 2017

Community Serve Project Success!

By | February 15th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

On Saturday, February 4th Jake Kanyer and 10 other students and adult chaperones from Veritas School in Newberg braved the elements to help two elderly Love INC clients with yard cleanup. It was a lot of raking and both clients were very grateful. Here’s what one had to say: “Thank you for the people you sent. They really moved mountains and were so helpful!” As a senior at Veritas, Jake has had the opportunity to serve as the leader of a “house” of about twenty 7th-12th grade level students. Organizing quarterly service projects such as the one described above have given students opportunity to create peer relationships that foster leadership, fellowship, and Christian maturity at school. Thank you to Jake and Veritas School for truly making a difference in the community through the house system. We look forward to working with you in the future to meet needs in our community. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”- Joshua 24:15

8 02, 2017

A Bridge to a New Life

By | February 8th, 2017|Shelter|

Norma never though it would happen to her... “I was a successful data processor, earning a great salary when suddenly it all stopped! I lost my job of 23 years and had nowhere to turn!” There were many challenges in Norma’s life; her parents were atheists, but honest people and encouraged their children to attend church and live a life with honest principles. Although married several times, Norma never found support in a husband, but was encouraged early in the Christian walk by her step-mother. In her shock of job loss and nowhere to turn, Norma survived for a period of time as a live-in housekeeper and cook for the elderly and eventually found herself in Newberg, Oregon. She came in contact with a Love INC staff member who invited her to move into the shelter as a place to get her life back to a meaningful existence. “The Love INC Shelter experience saved my life. I found new life spiritually emotionally and physically... plus I was counseled toward the next stage in my life. Through the direction of the Love INC staff, I became a licensed massage therapist, was employed as a driver for the local bus company, located a home (Love INC paid the down payment) and moved from the Shelter to a new life experience and hope. Now I can serve others...I am a weekly host at the Love INC Shelter, I’m member of a local church in which I produce the weekly media power points and [...]

1 02, 2017

Young Believers Setting an Example

By | February 1st, 2017|Clearinghouse|

During Christmas break, Love INC received a call from Dr. Ryan Nienaber, a chiropractor in the area. He shared that his son, Noah, and two other boys from Horizon Christian Elementary School in Tualatin, OR, had spearheaded a fundraiser on behalf of Love INC as part of their class’s service project program. They wanted to invite us to receive the proceeds at their next chapel service. Ryan shared that Noah personally selected Love INC because of his parent’s past involvement with the organization and because he believed in the mission of mobilizing local churches to help people in need. Noah and his buddies had channeled their belief in the cause of Christ and began selling candy canes and hot chocolate at school throughout the winter. That soon spread like wildfire as kids began bringing donations from home. When it was all said and done, Noah and company had raised $1,035! At the check-giving ceremony, Principal Judi Smith remarked that “she had never seen God light them up so much. The three boys made so many sacrifices in order to fundraise, even giving up recess many times over to plan their next steps.” Love INC is so grateful for this example of sacrificial love and generosity. It truly is a remarkable testimony to what God can do through younger up and coming generations. “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in [...]