We had a client come in who has just gotten out of a violent domestic relationship. She is homeless, staying for the time with a friend of a friend. She has four kids and is trying to find a job and a place to live. To say the least, she has a lot that she is dealing with. A volunteer told her about the dinners the churches have throughout town each night and was surprised when she noticed that tears were quietly streaming down her face. The volunteer wasn't sure what she had said....and asked if she was okay while getting her some Kleenex. She said, "These dinners. I am never sure what to do for my kids for dinner." She feels like she's imposing on her friend and is unable to use his kitchen. Of all of the things the Church could offer, helping her feed her children is the one thing that she needed the most. Sometimes we forget that this great work is impacting real people who are struggling through the hardest, most tender and vulnerable moments of their lives. They need Jesus and his People to lean upon. ”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
The Newberg Community Foundation just blessed us with a grant to purchase presentation equipment essential to sharing Love INC's mission to people in Yamhill County. We are anticipating a great season of promotion at various events this summer, all thanks to the generosity of our community! We were also pleasantly surprised to see Heath Placek's Elementary School PE teacher present the check! "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
Love INC was invited once again to the George Fox University social work intern fair to interview for next year’s interns! GFU is so generous to loan us their students every year, with both parties gaining valuable knowledge and experience. We are so thankful for our current interns, Christina Liu and Colby Ronfeld. We are praying that their senior placements go well!
An intern at Newberg Friends Church reached out to us to see if we would be interested in sharing about our organization for their fun night for 4th and 5th graders. Of course we were! Two of our interns attended, spoke and gave the kids an activity: they drew inspiring decorations on the envelopes that we send to thank volunteers and communicate with clients. Now our volunteers and clients will have an extra dose of Jesus when they receive letters from Love INC! "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
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
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 [...]
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.
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!