24 01, 2018

One Small Item Gave Roger Hope

By | January 24th, 2018|Clearinghouse|

“Roger” had been homeless for seven years, but he found hope when he found a job! We received a call one morning just as we were opening to hear that Roger found a job, but there was one problem.... he needed non-slip work shoes. This was a necessity, since his new job was in a restaurant. He was able to make it down to our office, where YOUR donations were able to provide help to get shoes in time. Ramiro was so thankful and said that he wants to help volunteer at Love INC to help other families in need! He will also be taking advantage of the multitude of church ministries that will supply his apartment when he gets one. He loves Jesus with all his heart and had a smile from ear to ear to prove it. Your work is making stories like Roger’s possible. Thank you for loving our community In the Name of Christ. "There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor" - Deuteronomy 15:11 -

14 12, 2017

A Christmas Blessing

By | December 14th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

“Blake,” a single dad with a 10-year-old daughter, became a client of Love INC right before Thanksgiving. He had lost his job, hadn't gotten paid for the last pay period he did work, and was on the verge of losing his apartment because he couldn't pay his rent. He was hoping we could help him find a shelter that would take him and his daughter in if they did end up getting evicted. He was thrilled with all of the things we were able to give him vouchers for so that he could continue to care for his daughter, who is the light of his life. He was also very appreciative of the fact that we were committed to praying for them. We had scheduled Barry for a haircut appointment, and today he had to cancel because he started working and couldn't make it in during the day. We are joining him in praise to God for providing a job for Barry just in time for him to keep his apartment and provide a merry Christmas for him and his daughter. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9

10 12, 2017

From Jail to a Job in a Matter of Weeks!

By | December 10th, 2017|Clearinghouse, Gap Ministries|

"Bruce" came into Love INC for an intake at the beginning of October; he had just been released from prison and was participating in the Helping Hands program. But he needed some help finding resources, so that's why he came to Love INC. His main needs were transportation and prayer to find a job. Thankfully, we could help with both! Bruce received a bike voucher to pick up a bike, along with some bus passes and was added to the weekly prayer e-mail sent to Love INC volunteers. (Click here to sign up to receive them!) We just called him recently, only to find out Bruce had in fact found a job! He is now working at a manufacturing company that is walking distance from where he is staying. Bruce says he is so thankful for all that YOU have done to help him. Thank you for partnering with us to help answer prayers! “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”- Hebrews 13:16

5 12, 2017

From Nothing to Something!

By | December 5th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

"Katie" is a Newberg native who stumbled into a sad situation; while visiting her sister in Washington, her sister stole her car and most of her money. She then disappeared. Katie used whatever money she had left to buy a bus ticket back to Oregon. But, upon her arrival she was assaulted and ended up with a broken jaw. This resulted in a long hospital stay where Katie was just recently released. Thankfully, she was able to get in contact with Calvary Chapel Church who graciously put her up in a hotel for the night. Then on that Sunday some lovely ladies even picked her up and took her to church. Once Monday rolled around they brought her to Love INC where we were able to connect her with some resources that met her needs. We are so thankful for a community that steps up in a time of need, we could not do it without churches working together!  “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2

18 10, 2017

Tears of Joy

By | October 18th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

In a world of “no,” “Alice” received a “yes” and has hope again! When Alice came to Love INC she was hoping we could help her find a placement for an inpatient drug treatment program. She had gotten nothing but "no" answers from every place she had called for help. She was grateful for anything we could do for her, and after her one hour intake appointment, left Love INC with a pile of "yes" answers from us. She now has vouchers for several Church services where she can connect with Christians who can give her healthy guidance. To make things even better, while Alice was sitting in her intake, we got a call from a drug treatment program saying they would have a bed for her within a couple days. Alice left our office crying tears of joy. “Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” – Psalm 3:2-6

11 10, 2017

A Glow From God

By | October 11th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

“David” has had a traumatic life; his friend died of cancer, he is going through a divorce, and his dad was recently hospitalized. When the stress and depression became too much, he attempted suicide. After recovering, David realized he does want to live, but with God to walk beside him in these tough times. He got back on track with the Lord and has a positive attitude, which shines through when you meet him. You can see Jesus on his face. Now David is working with Love INC, his church and local agencies to gain stability. He is searching for a job, his own apartment, and would eventually like to preach the gospel. Join us in praying for David that he continues this journey of stability and that he walks with the Lord the whole way through! “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” – Ephesians 1:7

6 09, 2017

A Creative Surprise

By | September 6th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

The Springs at Sherwood surprised us last month with a check from their Employee Jean Fund! What is the Employee Jean Fund, you ask? On Fridays they encourage their employees to wear jeans; in turn, they donate one dollar to the Jean Fund Jar. Once they collect $25, they donate to an organization of the employee's choosing. We are so grateful to be recipients of this fund, and very impressed with The Springs employees' creativity! “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” Colossians 3:23

30 08, 2017

Young Life Volunteers Encouraged By Service

By | August 30th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

“Amy,” a Love INC client, was desperate for help on her local farm that she runs single-handedly. A group of guys from Young Life were able to answer her need for help and completed two jobs that were on her critical list! Amy was overflowing with gratitude: “I have just been feeling so overwhelmed this year. I can't even express what the help means to me. Thank you again, I appreciate [the volunteers] and Love INC so much.” Taylor, the volunteer leader, added: “It was awesome! I think [Amy] felt blessed and encouraged by the boys, and they were able to appreciate her.” It is incredible to witness God bringing our community together to not only meet essential needs of clients, but bless the volunteers serving as well. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” - John 12:26

16 08, 2017

Remembering the Gospel

By | August 16th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

We recently conducted an intake appointment with a woman who is experiencing immense difficulty as she wades through trial after trial. For the past two years, her life has consisted of much relational strife due to a divorce, financial hardship as a result of losing her business, bouts of severe depression/anxiety and she struggles to see a way out of her situation. We did our best to provide her with as many resources as we could to help her see that there is a community surrounding her willing to offer the love and care she needs to get back on her feet. Towards the conclusion of our time together with her, our intake volunteer turned the conversation to the name of our organization, Love In the Name of Christ. It was shared that God’s love has been demonstrated to us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). God gave His one and only Son to die in our place, and we can have the hope of heaven and abundant life by simply trusting in what He has accomplished on the cross for us. Earlier in the talk the woman had shared that she was a believer. As the gospel was being spoken over her once more, she teared up and said, “Thank you…sometimes you just need to be reminded of what Christ has done for you. All of these resources are helpful, but they’re not what’s ultimately most important. I am feeling much more [...]

9 08, 2017

Resources to Restore

By | August 9th, 2017|Clearinghouse|

Love INC Executive Director Heath Placek recently gave a ministry update to the Newberg Ministerial Association at a picnic in Memorial park. During the time of fellowship and sharing, Pastor Irma from Red Hills Church shared an encouraging testimony about how she had referred a woman to Love INC to find out about low-income housing options available in the community. She reported that Love INC had provided this woman with a simple handout including all of the low-income apartments, and their approximate rental rates. With the help of the handout that individual was able to get into an apartment within a matter of two weeks! This is a great example of the success that can take place in someone’s life when churches utilize Love INC as a referral. We all are the Body of Christ working together! “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 12:12