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

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

5 11, 2014

Engaging in Relationship

By | 2014-11-05T06:52:46+00:00 November 5th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Love INC has long held an outstanding partnership with George Fox University’s Spiritual Life Department. One of the key ways that we work together is by coordinating house cleaning or yard work opportunities for the James Project, a weekly service event that sends groups of students into the community to perform a wide variety of tasks for people who are in need.  Every time students visit our clients’ homes to help them out, we receive a flurry of calls afterward thanking Love INC for all of the help they received. In addition to helping people with a multitude of house/yard projects, students are able to share Christ’s mission and ministry by engaging in relationship with those they serve for a couple of hours at a time. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very thankful to George Fox University and the students they supply! “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”- Ephesians 1:15-16

3 09, 2014

LaVeine Family to the Rescue!

By | 2014-09-03T06:17:36+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Sack lunch kits go fast in the Love INC Clearinghouse. The bags of food containing items such as hearty soup, fruit cups, peanuts, crackers, and juice always meet a food need for our homeless populations or those who simply have a hard time feeding their children. Several weeks back we ran out and were without kits for a couple of weeks.  Fortunately, the LaVeine family answered our prayers!  They stopped by one morning with fifty lunch kits and fifty breakfast kits, an amount that will last us at least another month or two. Thank you to the LaVeine family and anyone else who has ever participated in this important ministry!

27 08, 2014

Communication Breakthrough

By | 2014-08-27T06:09:35+00:00 August 27th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Many of our clients encounter communication problems as they look for jobs or struggle to remain in contact with agencies or organizations that are helping them. The most common communication breakdown is lack of internet or phone access. In Daniel’s case, not having a functioning phone was making it difficult for him to receive help from Love INC. Unlike most people, “Daniel” didn’t let the lack of a phone set him back. He resolved to visit Love INC every week, biking from Dundee, to check his status on various waiting lists. His most recent visit to our office resulted in an appointment for a long overdue haircut. His hair has since been cut and he is happily facing job interviews in style! “Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”-James 5:11

23 07, 2014

The Narrow and the “Wyld” Way

By | 2014-07-23T06:34:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Recently, a group of approximately twelve middle school students from Newberg Wyldlife (a Young Life program) spent three weekends helping their community.  With informational flyers and huge red bins in hand, the students visited neighborhoods on the north side of Newberg, collecting various kitchen items as they went door-to-door. All in all, they were able to fill two and a half bins in just a couple of hours!  The community response was so positive that Love INC even received phone calls the following week from people wanting to donate more items because of their interaction with the Wyldlife kids. Love INC and 2nd Street Church would like to extend a special thank you to Newberg Wyldlife for their service; it will go a long way in blessing members of our community. “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4 ESV)

25 06, 2014

Finishing Strong

By | 2014-06-25T06:52:36+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Since October of last year, many children have enrolled in the Friday Food Bag Program hosted by the First United Methodist Church and Newberg Christian.  These families need supplemental meals each weekend when food stamps can’t cover their grocery bills. Thanks to the two nearby partner churches, the food bag contents had always been in ample supply throughout the course of the year. A few weeks back we heard the program was running out of peanut butter with just two weeks remaining to give until school got out for summer.  The Love INC staff and volunteers prayed that the Lord would provide in ways we could not imagine. Shortly after the prayer, we were notified by our Ministry Coordinator that First Federal Grants Committee had determined to make a $2,000 contribution to the Friday Food Bag program! We are so grateful that God has continued to answer our prayers so powerfully.  There will be enough peanut butter to finish the program strong this year! "And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15

28 05, 2014

A Steadfast Commitment

By | 2014-05-28T06:08:06+00:00 May 28th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

In the fall of last year, Polly, Love INC Executive Director, spoke at Family Life Church and called the church members there to action, inviting them to participate with Love INC in any of our various ministries. At the time, she had no idea who would answer the call. This month we would like to publicly acknowledge one man who responded six months ago and has faithfully served behind the scenes every Thursday since as Love INC’s GAP delivery person. We are incredibly grateful for Bill Meyers’ helping hand. Bill can be seen every Thursday running various errands for Love INC.  He completes tasks like delivering donated items to our GAP ministry locations, picking up essential products for our clearinghouse or shelter, and shuttling food from Newberg Christian Church’s community dinner to our women’s shelter. Bill has become an integral part of the function of the clearinghouse and continues to bless us with his steadfast commitment. “And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."- Mark 9:35

7 05, 2014

A Timely Gift

By | 2014-05-07T06:28:30+00:00 May 7th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Every month Love INC sends out a Monthly Update highlighting our ministries’ biggest needs, both for the clearinghouse and for our GAP programs. People from all over the community always respond with generosity, but every so often we are surprised by an extra special donation. Frank Slyter, manager at the Hillsboro Costco, read our update, noticed we needed jeans and khaki pants for men.  He asked his male coworkers if they had any to spare, and within a few days dropped off a dozen pairs of assorted men’s pants.  His gift could not have been any timelier, as we have had several new homeless men become clients who were in dire need of clothing. “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? ‘And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:37-40

26 03, 2014

We’ll Be Alright

By | 2014-03-26T06:23:00+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Gap Ministries|

Usually, Love INC’s Wood Ministry is still thriving through the month of March but this year our supply of seasoned wood ran out early. The news reached the clearinghouse right after several new requests for wood had been made by clients. Before notifying the clients that they would not be receiving wood after all, a last push for donations was made to try and secure a little bit more wood.  As it turns out, a volunteer was able to muster up just enough wood to grant the remaining requests.  One of the recipients of the wood called in to say: “Thank you so much for the wood. We were dreading our gas bill that we would not be able to afford and now, thanks to Love INC, we’ll be alright.” “Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.”- Proverbs 3:28