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11 01, 2015

God Most High, Continued

By | 2015-01-11T19:44:18+00:00 January 11th, 2015|Medical/Dental Clinic|

Previous Love Story “God Most High” shared the difficulty in occasionally having to deny a client dental care because of another health issue. One such client was suffering from a blood pressure condition, which meant she couldn’t receive the treatment she needed. On top of that, she wasn’t able to afford the necessary medication. However, an anonymous donation miraculously provided the specific prescription for her at the perfect time! She was then able to receive her dental treatment on January 17th! God is faithful to provide for our needs, even when we don’t expect it!  “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19

7 01, 2015

Fall Term Graduation

By | 2015-01-07T06:00:29+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Relational Ministry|

On Thursday, November 20th, with the support of friends and family watching, eight Relational Ministry participants got up in front of class to receive their graduation certificates. A bittersweet ceremony commenced, with each person giving thanks to all in attendance and sharing briefly about how the program had personally impacted their lives. This class endured one of the more trying seasons we’ve seen in Relational Ministry. Despite financial hardships, marriage issues, illnesses, and deaths in the family, all eight stayed the course, showing up week in and week out for twelve months.  They invested in learning about financial management, organization, building healthy relationships, and nutrition. As a result many of them could reflect back and see God’s goodness every step of the way. To cap off the evening, several classmates brought in some delectable food items to be shared by all! Love INC is proud to say goodbye to one of their most memorable classes. “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”- James 1:12

31 12, 2014

God Most High

By | 2014-12-31T06:50:22+00:00 December 31st, 2014|Medical/Dental Clinic|

Every now and again a patient is turned away at our dental clinic because of a high blood pressure reading. Standard medical protocol is to not conduct dental appointments if a person’s blood pressure reading is too high in order to avoid an adverse reaction that could develop during dental treatment. This is always a difficult situation to handle. The situation becomes even more challenging if we learn a patient is unable to afford blood pressure medicine, as was the case with one Love INC client. Miraculously, Love INC received an anonymous donation specifically for prescription medicines just in time to help this person! “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”- Psalm 56:3

24 12, 2014

Hard Work Pays Off

By | 2014-12-24T06:43:03+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Shelter|

A concerted effort has been made by Love INC in the past several months to take greater strides in addressing unemployment in our community. Our newly introduced Work Worth class being offered through Relational Ministry is an example of these efforts being realized. We hope that by leaning into education and the provision of adequate work resources for people that we will see an increase in job performance, job satisfaction, and job opportunities amongst our clients. The intensified focus has already yielded some exciting results. We posted our first shelter success story last month, highlighting shelter guest “Meredith’s” volunteer work through Head Start of Yamhill County. Since then, two other shelter residents have made progress in their job searches; “Elisa” started a new job working in a care home for the elderly and “Sherry” had her first job interview after searching for just a few days! “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”- Psalm 90:17

17 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings

By | 2014-12-17T06:41:58+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Once again Love INC was reminded of the thoughtful nature of our community when we were brought leftovers from the C.S. Lewis Thanksgiving Luncheon. We love that their instant reaction was to share when attendees found themselves with an excess of warm, delicious food.  Love INC was able to locate an elderly neighbor to receive the extra food, who reacted with grateful tears and words of thankfulness. We love being reminded of how blessings can occur when we least expect them. It never ceases to inspire us as we continue to see the way generosity has a tendency to trickle down from person to person. We are thankful!  “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”- Romans 15:2

10 12, 2014

Holiday Warmth

By | 2014-12-10T06:38:03+00:00 December 10th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Our community has been incredibly blessed for the second year in a row.  Jeff, the owner of Enigma Photography, has been continuously generous with his time and talent, offering holiday portrait sessions for our clients and their families. He spent Saturday, November 22nd at the cultural center taking beautiful photos of twenty different families. Jodi Hansen, Executive Director, said it best; “They are so beautiful. There are stories of hardship and reconciliation and recovery and growth behind so many of those faces. Thank you so much for giving this incredible gift to our community.” We here at Love INC are constantly impressed by the love and support shown by our community and its businesses. Our appreciation, as well as that of our clients, shows no bounds. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.”- 1 Peter 3:3-4

3 12, 2014

Work Worth

By | 2014-12-03T07:54:04+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Relational Ministry|

Love INC is excited to announce that our Relational Ministry program will now be offering a new course to clients entitled “Work Worth,” beginning on December 4th.  The class will blend a Biblical theology of work with practical tools and resources to help people who are employed, unemployed, or unable to work have a better understanding of one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Some of the topics to be explored are creation and work, identity, attributes of a quality employee, workplace conflict resolution, gratitude, stewardship, perseverance, and pursuing career opportunities. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking this wonderful new class, please sign-up at the clearinghouse as soon as possible. “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”- Ecclesiastes 3:22

26 11, 2014

Fire of God

By | 2014-11-26T06:58:30+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A recent post from our Client Services Manager: After returning from coffee with my pastor this morning, where I had shared about all the neat things God does through my workplace, I was met by a single mom of a five-year-old boy whose apartment had just burned down. Even though she had lost all of her material belongings, she seemed to rest in the knowledge that she and her son were at least safe and able to take up temporary residence with a relative. As I navigated through ways we could help her, she made a request for toys and books for her son, becoming visibly upset as she spoke. I, too, became overwhelmed. Last night I had decided that my son’s room had amassed too many items and some of them just had to go. My wife and I, with our OCD in full swing, chucked as many bags of stuff into her SUV as we could. The plan was for her to take the items to a thrift store sometime during the week because Love INC doesn’t distribute children’s toys. God apparently had other plans in mind. My wife needed my car to drive to Corvallis that day so I headed off to work in her car. While meeting with the single mom I immediately remembered my son’s toys/books and led her out to my car.  I let her have whatever she wanted. She was so pleased to take mostly everything and was especially grateful for a children’s [...]

20 11, 2014

Grandpa and Son

By | 2014-11-20T06:59:27+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Bill, our wonderful GAP delivery volunteer, recently had to pass his baton off due to a health issue. Our newest members, Gary and his young grandson Tyler, were able to assume his responsibilities in stride, and have become an essential part of our team here at Love INC. Their bright and smiling faces are a joy to see around the offices every Thursday, and the multi-generational aspect of their volunteered time is an inspiration to all. We have such an incredible group of individuals here at Love INC and we value Gary and Tyler's generosity of spirit and welcome them to our little family with thankful hearts.  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children.”- Deuteronomy 4:9

19 11, 2014

Newness of God

By | 2014-11-19T06:59:49+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Shelter|

Since reopening, shelter hosts have repeatedly mentioned that there is something special about the shelter, and it isn’t the new furniture layout. Hosts have described the shelter as having “an exciting new feel to it,” “a different place” where the women “seem genuinely motivated to pursue their goals.” We agree and believe wholeheartedly that it’s because the Spirit of God is alive and at work in the shelter, producing hope in the lives of the women staying there. We are excited to share our very first success story: Head Start of Yamhill County recently welcomed back shelter guest “Meredith” as a volunteer! Meredith considers this opportunity an enormous answer to prayer and is eager to get back in the swing of doing what she loves most.  “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”- Isaiah 43:19