“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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
Dear Love INC Community, Confession: I am a big fan of the quote, “God is in the details.” Ever since becoming a Christian during my freshman year of college, I have resonated with the idea that God could care about every minute detail of our lives. It is not a burdensome reality that God is alive in every moment, calling us to Himself; it is an exciting opportunity to live the abundant life God offers us through relationship with Christ. And that is what we here at Love INC are choosing to embrace this year as we walk in the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10). It helps motivate us to look back on 2016, a year filled with ups and downs just like any other. We scaled a lot of proverbial mountains in 2016 but it was not the peak of the mountain that made it all possible, it was the climb, the journey getting there. And when we get a glimpse of where we’ve gone, we are encouraged that our every small step of faith and action mattered. I invite you who, however big or small, have contributed to the ministry this past year through volunteering time and energy, offering financial support, donations, and/or prayer, to see a visual representation of what you have accomplished through the following statistics. Enjoy a momentary glimpse of how far we’ve come, and let it encourage you as we move forward together. “Brothers and [...]
“The Love INC Shelter has been a sanctuary for me... I thank God every day that I have found this place and that my life is being restored. I have endured a lifetime [of] suffering beyond imagination!” Married at the age of fifteen, for more than thirty years Sally suffered at the hands of three abusive marriages, four children with challenging physical and criminal problems, extended periods of homelessness, living on limited financial resources with a lifetime of “how could this happen to anyone?” stories. One of Sally’s most life threatening experiences occurred when one of her ex-husbands found Sally and her children, who were in hiding because of his threats, forced them into his car and headed toward a river with bad intentions. Sally was able to overpower her ex-husband and rescued the situation. In Sally’s words: “[The] Love INC Shelter has been a refuge for me. The staff and resources have rescued and restored my life by giving me second chances, providing food and shelter, providing vocational and life coaching, and encouraging and guiding my spiritual life. My experience at Love INC has restored hope and provided direction to a fulfilling life.” Sally currently is preparing to move from the women’s shelter to her own home and beginning a productive life. She ministers and encourages the other ladies in the shelter and her dream is to someday speak to young people to guide them away from the type of live she has endured. “The Love INC staff rescued [...]
Kara started volunteering at Love INC last summer with the goal of gaining experience in social work. She had the heart to serve as an intake volunteer, and yet, did so much more behind the scenes. She volunteered her time Tuesday through Thursday, anywhere from 9 to noon, to serve those in the Newberg community. Financially, however, her and her husband were in need at the time. The staff at Love INC were beyond grateful for all the help she was able to offer, but their hearts ached with hers whenever financial hardship was brought up. While she was volunteering at Love INC, the staff was collectively able to serve her just a bit in return by giving feedback on her resume, and encouraging her in her dreams to further pursue social work. She eventually wants to go to graduate school to become a marriage & family counselor. Last month she was hired by Yamhill County Health and Human Services to serve as an on-call relief staff member! Kara is on her way to gaining more valuable experience and working a flexible schedule to lessen the burdens on her and her husband. Praise God for His faithfulness! Join us in praying for Kara as she continues her journey as a servant for the Lord in all that she does.
Now that 2016 has come to an end and 2017 just begun, it’s a wonderful opportunity at the turn of a new year to reflect back on all that God has done with gratitude, and look forward in faith on all that God will do in the coming year. We want to first thank each and every one of you for your generosity during our year-end campaign. We saw our individual giving increase by more than 20% from last year! While it was a challenge to relocate our offices and experience a leadership changeover, God provided throughout the entire year. For example, we were surprised to learn that our overhead expenditures were actually lower at the new office, which will allow us to help our clients even more. This is clearly God’s grace and mercy that we have been rejoicing over for the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone who has ensured that this valuable ministry of God not only continues, but thrives through change and adjustment! As we look ahead to this year I want to briefly share what we hope to accomplish with your continued support. 2016 gave us so many encouraging signs of Jesus Christ at work in the lives of the community members we serve. We hope the following visions will bring that about even more: Grow accessibility for clients who are disabled or lack transportation Develop better resources to more effectively meet critical needs Improve relational connections between churches and clients Expand opportunities for [...]
“Put your boots on, everyone, and grab a jacket! We’re going to cut down our Christmas tree!” We pile into the car and head for the hills, driving up the winding roads that lead to the top of the mountain where our favorite tree farm is located. We tromp through the narrow paths between fragrant firs, searching for the perfect tree. When everyone is finally in agreement, we all take turns with the saw and then we carry our tree down the hill, tie it to the roof of the car, and merrily take it home to decorate. To set the scene for the evening’s festivities, we make sure there is a crackling fire, Christmas music playing, and hot chocolate to fuel the decorating frenzy. By bedtime, the tree is sparkling, the halls are decked, the stockings hung, and the windows lit. Our house is ready...let the holidays begin! And then the Lord interjects, “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this House remains a ruin?” (Haggai 1:4). “What do you mean, Lord?” I pray in my heart, looking over the pretty scene in my cozy, paneled house. Sitting down by the warm glow of the Christmas tree, I open my Bible and read about the Lord’s House. It wasn’t being given the same attention as the people’s personal homes. They were too busy in their own pursuits and pleasures to notice the neglect. The Lord gently chides us, “Give careful thought [...]
This past week the drop in center heard from several people who have been helped by Love INC in the past. They used to be regulars, in fact! Last week, "Cal" came in to the office to say hello. He reported that he is staying at a place in town and that he is happily working now. Praise God! Similarly we heard from "Donny" who stopped by to say hi as well and tell us that he is now working at a nearby farm. So happy to hear! Not long after those two updates, we received a call from "Mark" down in California, where he had traveled for work. He was hospitalized for a little bit due to an infection, but is feeling much better now. He wanted to let us know where he was and that he was doing well! It is incredibly humbling to be a witness of God's work, and these updates meant so much to us. We are honored to see these individuals where they are now. God places His hand on people to heal and restore them everyday, and when we are able to witness this, we grow closer to Him as well.