Cara Copeland, Director of A Family Place, recently met with Love INC Director Polly Siler to discuss her organizations’ programs and brainstorm ways a partnership could be mutually beneficial. At one point in the meeting Cara mentioned that their organization was in need of a washer and dryer for their new preschool starting up at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church. The Clearinghouse Coordinator overheard this from another room and quickly interrupted the meeting to share that he had spoken with a gentlemen earlier on the phone who wished to donate a washer and dryer. Large appliance donations like this are a rarity at Love INC, so this donation was immediately received with praise and thanksgiving. God knew when He placed it on the donor’s heart to donate the washer and dryer that Cara would be sharing her organization’s need that same day. The Lord never ceases to amaze with His timely provision. “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.”-Psalm 139:4
A volunteer with a heart for discipling young men does serve projects for Love INC once a month. He hopes to be a father-figure for those whose fathers are either absent or inactive in their lives. Last month, the volunteer shared that he and a teenage boy worked on taking down the old shed behind the clearinghouse. As the boy lamented about the heaviness of the boards they were hauling off, Dave took the opportunity to share the significance behind the crucifixion. He explained that Jesus carried the very cross he would later die on so that men might be saved from their sins. He elucidated further that Christ commands all of his followers to pick up their symbolic cross and follow Him, dying daily to self in service to God. The boy was deeply impacted by this truth and Dave felt incredibly blessed to be able to speak the gospel so effortlessly and tangibly into a young boy’s life. Neither knew that such a mundane task would point them to the greatest event in human history! “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”- Mark 8:34
In January Love INC was invited to take part in the Community Rewards Program of Fred Meyer, presented by the Kroger Family of Stores. In this unique program, Fred Meyer grants their shoppers the opportunity to link their rewards card to a charitable organization of their choice and in return Fred Meyer donates according to the number of rewards points shoppers earn. It doesn’t affect their personal rewards points, either! The first quarter of the program finished at the end of March and we were notified that 114 community members had linked their cards to Love INC, generating a donation of $1,917.82! Many of those people were our very own clients, who were quick to sign up when they first found out about the program. Please continue to join our clients in this effort so that we can further bless those in the Newberg area who have need.
Over the past few months one of our weekly volunteers has been working with an elderly client, who we shall call Betty. She was in need of new housing, and had no family or friends in the area who were able to help her. The process was long and difficult at times but Love INC remained in contact with Betty throughout the series of challenges, including finding a foster home for some of her beloved dogs. God impressed upon a volunteer that she needed to stay in touch with Betty and always be there to love, listen and help when possible. Recently Betty was able to move about two hours away to a lovely apartment in a quiet town. Our volunteer drove out to visit Betty to make sure she was settled in and had everything she needed to be comfortable. Their conversation lasted a couple of hours and ended with hanging colorful pictures on the wall to celebrate a long-awaited move and commemorate a friendship that was built through the Love INC ministry. “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”- 1 Peter 1:22
Sam Holst from Midget Motors, who is a small & large 4-cycle equipment guru, fixed Love INC’s lawn mower for free earlier this month. Not only did he volunteer to provide this service, but he took his efforts to another level by offering to keep it in storage for us while it’s not in use, free of charge! Thanks to Sam and Midget Motors, Love INC’s lawnmower will be fully operational for the spring and summer months. This ensures that the yards of Love INC clients will be kept well-manicured and their owners well pleased! “Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have [something] to share with him who has need.” Ephesians 4:28
The clearinghouse is celebrating the good news that one of our volunteers, Jim, has recently become employed as a maintenance manager after a long stint of unemployment. Prior to the news, Jim had faithfully served as our Tuesday receptionist for close to six months. Jim was and is a powerful example of what it looks like to faithfully serve the Lord while you wait for Him to open up opportunities. “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”-James 1:4
Staff and volunteers had been praying regularly for “Holly,” whose lack of transportation had temporarily left her unable to get to work. After two months without a ride to work, one of Holly’s acquaintances finally offered to take her to work every week. Thanks to her friend’s willingness to help Holly in her time of need, and her employer’s cooperation, who retained her job for her until she could get back on her feet, Holly is now back to doing what she loves and is able to provide for her family. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2
Yesterday Love INC was alerted by a city worker that a large tree had fallen over next door at the women’s shelter. Our receptionist and volunteers swiftly leaped out of their chairs and fled to the scene where they discovered, much to their amazement, that the tree had narrowly missed the shelter, barely nicking the corner of the house. After a few brief moments of impromptu praise and thanksgiving, our team burst into action by reaching out to our wood ministry team. Turns out that one of the team leads actually drove by the shelter, saw the averted disaster, and contacted a crew to chop up the tree instantaneously. Within a few hours, not only had the tree been cut up and removed from the shelter, but that wood will now be donated to help heat people’s homes in the community! “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”-Psalm 46:1