This morning we received a call from "Jenny," wanting to donate some furniture. She proceeded to tell us about how her daughter has transformed since working with Love INC: Jenny's drug addicted daughter, "Denise", had been in an abusive relationship five years ago when she reached out to Love INC and other local organizations. She participated in our program along with many others provided in McMinnville and Newberg and even volunteered at a church. After years of hard work and transformation, she has moved into a stable home, achieved sobriety, has been attending school and has been on the Dean's List at her college! She is studying social work with a goal to help Senior Citizens in need.
A client came in to the office for the last time, wanting to donate some items that she had cleaned out of her home as she was packing up to move out of state. The items were received by our receptionist, who happened to know the client personally as she had once attended the receptionist's church for many years. As the client was leaving, our receptionist offered to pray for the client and bless her as she began her new journey. The client gladly accepted the offer, and she and her sister and the receptionist joined hands and prayed. After the "amen," the client said to the receptionist, "When I first came to your church in Newberg almost 30 years ago, your wedding was the first event I attended. And now your prayer is the last thing I am taking away with me from Newberg. That's pretty special." And it is special! Although this client has emotional and mental needs that have made forming healthy relationships very difficult for her throughout her life, at that moment she was able not only to recognize that she had a lasting relationship with someone but she was able to appreciate and value it! God has a way of weaving the threads of our lives together in such a way that although they may look a little knotted, tangled and gaping from one point of view, there is a beautiful tapestry to behold on the other side! "For we are his workmanship, created in [...]
A volunteer recently inherited some money from a passing family member, and decided to donate the funds for a tankless water heater to Love INC! Hampton Plumbing was able to install the tankless water heater so that any client who needs a shower will have fresh hot water, even if they were last in line. We are so blessed!
Today "Allison" came in with her special needs child, so excited to give a praise report for the good things that have happened in her life recently. She shared how she had felt that her family was under a curse because of all the negative things that had befallen them, but recently she had been attending a local church where she was receiving support and prayer from the people there as well as prayer from us at Love INC. She said she had always been willing to pray for and help others, but she had never been one to receive prayer for herself. Since allowing people pray for her and her son, dramatic changes in her situation have taken place. She's been approved for a 24-hour caregiver for her son, she has received Section 8 housing for a two-bedroom home so the caregiver can stay in the same room as her son and she can actually sleep at night (he must have someone with him at night because of his frequent seizures), and her son has been approved to receive free psychological treatment from a Christian psychologist---a miracle, she says, because this particular provider is not on the list for free service. She was bubbling over, saying that she keeps crying tears of joy and relief, and giving all the glory to God for answering her prayers. "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16b)
Love INC's George Fox University interns are at it again! Sam and Lora visited Ewing Young Elementary School to discuss serving their community: "It was another morning well spent with young children eager to learn and serve. It’s never discouraging to speak to a group of people, especially young kids, who are anticipatory of the ways in which they can serve their community. In this second time around of visiting a classroom, our group of students was larger and the ages ranged a bit more. The students all came from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. And while the heart and intention of the kids is a vitally important aspect to service in the community, another piece that was almost overlooked in speaking with these kids was their family’s involvement. It is most definitely inspiring to see kids willing to be a part of something that involves them getting up early before school (not something easy for most people) on the premise of service. But it is even more encouraging to see the amount of effort and initiative that their parents put forward as well. In order for these kids to be as involved and engaged in these projects through k-kids they need the help and encouragement of their family. Someone needs to drive them to their meetings, help financially supply for different activities or group projects, such as supplying food and creating kits for breakfast and lunches for the Love INC clearinghouse, and they need people who are willing to [...]
One of our George Fox University interns, Samantha Read, shared this story of her involvement at Joan Austin Elementary School. Check it out: "I remember as a child being consumed with ideals of play dates with friends, playing make-believe in my room with a collection of costumes and toys, and thoughts about someday becoming famous. At Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg, some children are differing from the thoughts I once had in childhood and are opening their eyes to the needs of their community as 4th and 5th graders. And it’s empowering to witness. Lora and I, current social work students and interns from George Fox University, spent close to an hour at Joan Austin Elementary with student members of the “K-Kids” club. K-kids is a part of the Key Club International Organization and a part of the Kiwanis. This equips students to start serving their local community at an early age and empowers them that age cannot define the ability or quality of service. After sharing a bit about the heart of what Love INC does in the Newberg community, the kids were given free space to share their own ideas of how they could get involved. Some ideas being thrown around included a clothes drive, car washes, and even raising funds to create a greenhouse space next to our Clearinghouse for clients coming in with food needs. The greenhouse would function in partnership with the clearinghouse so clients could pick fresh fruits and veggies while receiving other [...]
Jeff VanBergen, Owner of Enigma Photography, held holiday portrait sessions again this year for Love INC. It’s becoming a Love INC Christmas tradition! Here’s what Jeff had to say afterwards: “We rented space again at Chehalem Cultural Center to photograph the clients and volunteers of Love INC Newberg. This was our third year and were happy to see first year families still here, but now as volunteers giving back. Go Love INC!” “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
At Love INC, we greatly value feedback from our clients. It is always helpful, good or bad, to know how our clients are experiencing the services of our ministry as we look to improve in our ability to minister effectively and compassionately. Below is a nice comment back from a client that motivates us to keep on loving people better. “Thank you. I used to make very good money and my husband recently had a transplant last December. I was laid off in January and when my husband was released to go back to work in April, he too was laid off. We went from having enough with what then seemed like a little extra for name brand shampoos and out to dinner nights and long hot showers to...make it last, shower once a week, and try to keep it under 10 minutes. I needed help today and you gave it. Thank you.” “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”- Matthew 25:35
During Mission Week each year, Providence Newberg Medical Center honors three employees with their “Spirit of Emilie Mission Inspiration Award” and awards the recipients with a gift of $250 to be donated to an organization they wish to support. One of the honorees this year, Karen Baltz-Gibbs, chose Love INC! We are so honored and grateful that Karen selected Love INC to be the organization of her choice this year. We are also thankful for Providence’s enduring commitment to creating healthier communities. “Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.”- 1 Cor. 11:2
Last week Rendered, LLC committed to the #bettermytownchallenge by donating a substantial amount of clothing to our local clothing closets. The same day, one of our Love INC clients asked if we had any leads on big and tall clothing for men. He had visited the local clothing closets but wasn't able to find anything that fit him. After viewing Rendered's video we got the idea to call and see if they had any big and tall clothing. Nate Travers enthusiastically provided several nice t-shirts, polo shirts and a *sweet* jacket for our client that fit him and will outfit him for job interviews. Thanks to Nate and the Rendered team for providing this special request!