25 03, 2015

Moving Forward

By | 2015-03-25T20:45:43+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Shelter|

“Linda,” a guest at the women’s shelter, has been volunteering for two years at a childhood education program. Although it was a wonderful experience for her, she desired a stable income. Recently, a woman at her church connected her with a new job—a paid position at a daycare. “I finally found something that’s a paying job so I can start saving my money towards getting my own place,” Linda said, bubbling with happiness. “I’m supposed to be getting another job at [a local hotel] as a housekeeper, too!” She says she really likes her new job since it is exactly what she wants to do. She is benefiting greatly from this new role—it has provided renewed joy and purpose as well as financial stability. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” –Psalm 84:11

25 02, 2015

God’s Present Hand

By | 2015-02-25T20:04:52+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Shelter|

God often uses “coincidences” to surprise us with his blessings and provision. Sometimes we don’t even noticed when these blessings happen. Other times, God’s hand in the matter is unquestionable. A married couple was scheduled to host at the shelter one night but their son’s high fever kept them from coming. While someone was checking in shelter guests, two of her friends from church showed up. They were under the impression they were scheduled to host that night. Thanks to this “coincidental” misunderstanding, the shelter had hosts and the situation was stress-less! “The heavens are telling of the glory of God, and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands.” –Psalm 19:1

23 02, 2015

An Accomplished Project

By | 2015-02-23T20:07:02+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Shelter|

After several months of planning and construction, the Love INC women’s shelter has a new bathroom! The project first started in August with a meeting with the Home Builders Foundation, and concluded in December. Love INC has been wanting this addition for over a year, so it is such a blessing to have the project completed. Shelter guests are also excited to have the beautiful new bathroom. While the rest of the construction projects are still underway, Love INC is happy to see progress. Love INC is looking forward to completing the next set of projects on the floors, cabinets, counters, and more!  “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” –Psalm 127:1

24 12, 2014

Hard Work Pays Off

By | 2014-12-24T06:43:03+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Shelter|

A concerted effort has been made by Love INC in the past several months to take greater strides in addressing unemployment in our community. Our newly introduced Work Worth class being offered through Relational Ministry is an example of these efforts being realized. We hope that by leaning into education and the provision of adequate work resources for people that we will see an increase in job performance, job satisfaction, and job opportunities amongst our clients. The intensified focus has already yielded some exciting results. We posted our first shelter success story last month, highlighting shelter guest “Meredith’s” volunteer work through Head Start of Yamhill County. Since then, two other shelter residents have made progress in their job searches; “Elisa” started a new job working in a care home for the elderly and “Sherry” had her first job interview after searching for just a few days! “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”- Psalm 90:17

19 11, 2014

Newness of God

By | 2014-11-19T06:59:49+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Shelter|

Since reopening, shelter hosts have repeatedly mentioned that there is something special about the shelter, and it isn’t the new furniture layout. Hosts have described the shelter as having “an exciting new feel to it,” “a different place” where the women “seem genuinely motivated to pursue their goals.” We agree and believe wholeheartedly that it’s because the Spirit of God is alive and at work in the shelter, producing hope in the lives of the women staying there. We are excited to share our very first success story: Head Start of Yamhill County recently welcomed back shelter guest “Meredith” as a volunteer! Meredith considers this opportunity an enormous answer to prayer and is eager to get back in the swing of doing what she loves most.  “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”- Isaiah 43:19

29 10, 2014

Blessing in Disguise

By | 2014-10-29T06:51:20+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Shelter|

On October 1st the Newberg Community Shelter was reopened!  It has been a long and difficult process getting to this point, but God has been faithful and we are moving forward with overwhelming community support.  If we hadn’t had these trying circumstances we might not have been able to witness such an amazing display of God’s grace at work in our community. We’ve seen His healing in the abatement of bedbugs, His generous provision in financial and material donations, His wisdom in developing new shelter processes, His impeccable timing with the hiring of our dedicated new Shelter Coordinator, and His abundant love and protection for the women who were temporarily displaced during the renovations. As of October 7th, three women are living in the shelter.  Please pray that these women experience the transforming power of Christ as we invest more deeply in their lives. “For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.”- Psalm 66:10

1 10, 2014

The Gift of Labor

By | 2014-10-01T06:25:41+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Shelter|

Brian Russo and his youth group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania visited Oregon on a mission trip this month and lent their hands to Love INC clients with various service projects.  They were an immense help, as evidenced by the following comments we received from the people they served: “In the course of the day the students accidentally broke my shovel handle while they were digging in my yard.  Brian wanted to know where the local ACE store was so he could buy me a new one.  I said that it was not necessary!  However, during the day he slipped off and bought a new shovel, hand trimmer and four weed digging tools.  They left all of that with me as a gift.  I was so blown away!” - “Gracie” “The group of eight students that came to my house were amazing, helping me and my husband.  They had our wheelchair porch stained, our wood pile area organized, and our back yard ‘disaster’ whipped into shape. The highlight was having the pathway to our wood pile improved so my husband could more easily make his way out there. Words cannot express what this has meant.” - “Lori” “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”- Hebrews 13:16

13 08, 2014

The Power of Facebook

By | 2014-08-13T06:56:39+00:00 August 13th, 2014|Shelter|

On the night of Monday, July 14th the shelter gals reported to their hosts that the shower rod upstairs was broken. One of the hosts took as easy of an action as one can take; she made a post on the Love INC Facebook page requesting a shower curtain rod! We kid you not, within fourteen minutes of her post, frequent Relational Ministry guest lecturer Esther Frank was knocking on the front door of the shelter with a really nice, heavy shower curtain rod in one hand and a bag of ice cream bars in the other! “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”- Romans 12:11

9 07, 2014

A Hot Day of Service

By | 2014-07-09T06:12:45+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Shelter|

On Tuesday, June 24th 20-25 members from the Church of the Nazarene did a multitude of projects for Love INC and clients. The first major assignment they were tasked with accomplishing was the painting of the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom at the women’s shelter. A throng of people were able to apply several fresh coats of paint in just a few hours! A second group, comprised mostly of strong men, braved the muggy heat in order to erect a brand new fence between the clearinghouse and shelter. About a month earlier the fence had collapsed due to dry rot and years of wear and tear. The last group made various dump runs for clients throughout the community, a huge blessing to all involved.  Many clients seized the opportunity to have volunteers help them clean out their cluttered garages. Because of Church of the Nazarene’s service, Love INC and several homes in Newberg are now more hospitable destinations! “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”- Galatians 6:10

11 06, 2014

God’s Love is Over-Generous

By | 2014-06-11T06:22:58+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Shelter|

Becky, from Family Life Church, wanted to help the women’s shelter after being involved with the church’s annual Big Give. The Big Give is an event that encourages church members to practice overgenerous giving as a community. As a consultant for Thirty One, Becky decided that she could be a blessing through the services her company provided. She and seven of her clients each sponsored a guest at the shelter by giving them an Easter themed tote bag. Contents included: Easter chocolates, coffee gift cards, personal hygiene items, and much more. The shelter guests were truly touched by Becky’s kind gesture; it came as a friendly reminder that God’s love is overgenerous. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”- 2 Corinthians 9:7