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17 06, 2015

Overcoming Challenges

By | 2015-06-17T06:07:44+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Relational Ministry|

“Felicia,” a former Relational Ministry client, is a student at the University of Portland. You may remember from a previous story that in order to get to school she spends four hours on public transportation. Since she did not have a computer she had to spend hours at the George Fox University library in order to complete her school work. Not too long ago Felicia was blessed by another client with a computer to do her school work on. That blessing has not been squandered, because Felicia had an amazing semester at U of P receiving all A’s. It is amazing to see how God has provided for Felicia and how He has helped her to overcome the challenges set before her. “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” -Matthew 36: 31-32 ESV

10 06, 2015

Return & Renewal to Faith

By | 2015-06-10T18:07:38+00:00 June 10th, 2015|Relational Ministry|

“Tina,” a former Relational Ministries client, was recently baptized at Newberg Church of Christ. This baptism comes after a long departure from her walk with the Lord. Tina’s return and renewal of her faith stands as a testament to us all. A testament that says that no matter how far you have strayed, no matter how long you have gone, you can always return to Christ. It gladdens our hearts to hear about our clients spiritual journeys, and we wish you the best of luck Tina! “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1: 9 NIV

3 06, 2015

Servant Update: Trisha

By | 2015-06-03T06:03:52+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Servant Update|

Trisha Fey Lazo Elizarde-Miller currently works as a skills trainer with Trillium Family Services at a day treatment program. She works with 5th-6th grade kids who have various behavioral health issues. She is also a member of the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines. At Love INC, Trisha loved being a part of Relational Ministry. She said, “My experience at Love INC helped me realize that I love mentoring others as well as coordinating resources and events. It was a good mix for me to utilize my strengths of coordination and active listening… The feedback and support I received from my supervisors helped me realize my strengths in active listening and advocacy.” She hopes to one day work in a higher education setting to utilize her strengths as an organizer and empathizer to advocate for the needs of underrepresented students, specifically Filipino American youth. She said, “I see God teaching me the importance of our complex identities and how God is manifested through them. For example, I am fighting against colonial mentality and embracing my identity as a Filipina American. When we embrace who we are, we see the beauty and uniqueness of God’s creation.” “Servant Update” is a series about former student volunteers and interns from Love INC. “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” –Psalm 34:3

28 05, 2015

June Update

By | 2015-05-28T22:13:03+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Update|

When confronted by the Pharisees about which commandment was the most important, Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40) In Luke’s account of this question and answer game, one smarty pants teacher of the law tries to test Jesus and justify himself by asking, “Who is my neighbor?” This got me thinking, if Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves in our day (and the Word of God does just that) would we have to ask, “Who is my neighbor?” If loving our neighbors is second only to loving God, we had better know who those people are, right? This all sounds pretty basic, but we live in a culture of hyper mobility, consumerism and fierce independence. Quite frankly, it seems much easier to simply wave at the guy in the yard next door as we pull into the garage. image courtesy http://artofneighboring.com/ However, the easy way out is never easy.  This way of life is killing us!  Our culture is full of social problems that are caused or fueled by this kind of isolation and all the stuff on Amazon.com can’t meet our deep need for connection and community.  It seems that Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves [...]

27 05, 2015

Going the Extra Mile

By | 2015-05-27T06:01:23+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Gap Ministries|

It seems like things always go wrong exactly when you really need them to go right. This is definitely true for car trouble. Dee, a former intern from George Fox University, told us this amazing story: "Last week during an extremely stressful time for me, my car broke down. I called Doran Automotive in Newberg and Mike Doran was willing to squeeze me in last minute. One of the wonderful receptionists here at Love INC followed me over to Doran Automotive in her car just to make sure that my car would make it (it did.). Immediately after I got there Mike took a quick look at it in the parking lot, and by the time I was picked up, my car was already in the shop with the mechanics. I stayed with some family locally since I wasn't able to get home, and that night at 7:00pm I got a call from Mike with a quote for the repairs. He told me that my car would be ready the next morning because he had bought his mechanics pizza so that they would stay late and work on it. I was so worried about how I was going to get to school, my internship, and work, without my car. Thanks to the immense generosity of him and his mechanics I didn't have to worry about any of that. Once again I was reminded about the capacity for kindness from those around us. I am so incredibly thankful that we have [...]

20 05, 2015

Servant Update: Kendyl

By | 2015-05-20T06:00:20+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Servant Update|

After graduating from George Fox University (GFU) with a degree in Organizational Communications, Kendyl Shambaugh started working at Nike as a part-time temporary Guest Services Representative. Little did she know this “temporary” job would lead to long-term employment. Six months later, she was hired full-time as a Senior Guest Services Representative. A year passed, and she moved onto Nike Skateboarding where she supported the Senior Director of Sales and Director of Global Operations. Another year later, she was transitioned into another job supporting the VP of Sales and Senior Director of Merchandising. She is currently working on an assignment in Talent Acquisition (Recruiting) and is a Project Manager for Talent Acquisition’s Operation and Innovation team. Kendyl said, “This month will mark my third year at Nike as a full-time employee! It has been a pleasure to have so many opportunities at this company.” Her time at Love INC helped her realize how much she enjoyed investing in people. “It played to my strengths of project management, event planning, and organizational/administrative work. I was able to utilize work experience and skill sets I gained from Love INC to get my first part-time role at Nike,” she said. “I learned a lot about what it takes to manage something from start to finish and that one person can make a significant difference,” she added. God has been molding her and challenging her every day, and she recognizes the growth she has experienced through it all. “He’s done some amazing things through the [...]

13 05, 2015

It Will Be Yours

By | 2015-05-13T20:56:57+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

“Rachel” used to be a guest in the Love INC shelter as well as another local shelter. She recently received a Tenant-Based Assistance grant from the Yamhill Community Action Partnership and can now live in an apartment for the first time since 2013. Various gap ministries helped provide linens, non-food items, and kitchen supplies, and referred her to City Outreach of McMinnville for furniture. This experience is a testament to God’s many blessings through answered prayer! Even if it seems like it’s been a long time since the prayer request was first prayed, have patience and know that God will respond. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” –Mark 11:24

6 05, 2015

Servant Update: Tori

By | 2015-05-06T06:31:54+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Servant Update|

Many students who volunteer or intern at Love INC do projects that directly relate to their majors. Tori does not fit that generalization. She volunteered for four years, then graduated from George Fox University with a double degree in English (concentration in creative writing) and Spanish. It was special for her to work alongside other students. “It was amazingly gratifying to know that so many of my peers were working together towards such a great purpose,” she said. She currently has a virtual internship with a small publishing company, where she edits mostly non-fiction manuscripts. While others might find the work dull, she loves “critiquing grammar and writing style, and helping authors create the best work they can.” Her dream is to do similar work but in a physical office. “Love INC constantly challenged me spiritually by showing me the personal side of poverty,” she said. “I had read that Jesus comforted and loved the poor, but I had never developed relationships with people who were truly in need. It wasn’t until I helped single mothers get free diapers, and homeless men get hot meals, that I began to understand how marginalized we have made them, and how human they actually are.” Tori has a passion in her heart for others because of her time at Love INC. She shows that it isn’t necessary to have a job as a social worker to make a difference. “Servant Update” is a series about former volunteers and interns from Love INC Newberg. [...]

29 04, 2015

May Update

By | 2015-04-29T22:17:46+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Update|

Last summer when I became the director here at Love INC Newberg, the Lord gave me a word – sustainability. This word came up in times of listening, prayer, in times of reading the scripture, in conversations with friends and in all sorts of other ways.  I couldn’t ignore it. It was as if God was saying, “Jodi, make sure you learn the ropes at Love INC through the lens of what is sustainable.”  I didn’t know what that meant exactly, but it was something I knew I was supposed to pay attention to and act upon. Lately, this word is coming up again, but in a slightly different way. I was recently reading a book about sustainable leadership and it occurred to me to ask, “So what makes the Church of Jesus Christ sustainable?”  I mean the church has lasted now for over 2,000 years stretching onto every continent of this planet and impacting culture in every corner of the earth.  How did a tiny little band of social outcasts, fishermen and a few undercover elite numbering about 1,000 on the day of ascension become a 2 billion person force for goodness in the world? The answer… discipleship! Think about it; if Jesus had lived a long life, say into his 70’s, and spent his days healing the sick, casting out demons and teaching about the coming Kingdom all by himself it is likely that the whole enterprise would have died with him.  But, Jesus knew that the best [...]

29 04, 2015

Servant Update: Emily

By | 2015-04-29T06:18:44+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Servant Update|

Former Love INC intern Emily has been living out her faith in an extraordinary way. In 2013, she graduated from George Fox University with degrees in Social Work and Christian Ministries. Since then, she has put her faith and passions to work in Cambodia. Emily works at Mother’s Heart, a crisis pregnancy center, caring for women going through difficult situations. Love INC was blessed to serve with her while she was a student, and is excited to see how God will continue to use her to advance His kingdom. “Servant Update” is a series about former volunteers and interns from Love INC Newberg. “Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all. […] Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” –Mark 9:35, 37