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15 10, 2014

In it for the Long Haul

By | October 15th, 2014|Relational Ministry|

After a much needed summer break, Relational Ministry is back in action this fall, welcoming to the program 12 new participants and all 22 returnees from spring term. Love INC is encouraged to see so many clients remaining committed to one of the most powerful aspects of fulfilling our mission. The new participants are journeying through a Biblical approach to money management with Todd Hall, a local financial advisor.  Clients who are in route to graduate are receiving quality health advice from Karla McMellon, Certified Nutritional Therapist from the McMellon Center for Nutrition.  So far, both classes have really enjoyed the challenging material and are excited to begin applying the truths that they are learning into their daily lives. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”- Proverbs 16:3

8 10, 2014

Sacred Mundane

By | October 8th, 2014|Medical/Dental Clinic|

A high volume of phone calls are made and/or received in the process of scheduling Love INC dental clinics.  These calls can become quite burdensome for even the most motivated volunteer. On average, upwards of 100 calls are made once confirmation, cancellation, and reminder calls are factored in. Conversations like the one a volunteer had with “Stephen,” remind us that every call is valuable to our clients. “Stephen,” fresh off a tooth extraction, took time out of his day to call and express his gratitude to us for always being apt with our reminder calls. “If it hadn’t been for your reminder I would have forgotten about my appointment. I couldn’t have afforded to miss this opportunity. God bless you!” “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”- 1 Corinthians 15:58

1 10, 2014

The Gift of Labor

By | 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

24 09, 2014

When Your Children Ask You for Lemons

By | September 24th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A mom and her bustling quiver of four kids visited the clearinghouse earlier this month to make a generous donation.  In a very polite manner, each of the children explained to the receptionist that they had, under their own accord, held a lemonade stand in order to generate proceeds for Love INC.  After their brief explanation, a representative of the family stepped forward with an envelope in hand. Written in bold and spanning the entire face of the envelope was the amount $7.85! The next time children ask you if they can hold a lemonade stand and donate their earnings to others, encourage them to do so and help them see it through! “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”- Psalm 127:3-5

17 09, 2014

Sight to the Blind

By | September 17th, 2014|Medical/Dental Clinic|

Casey Eye Institute conducted Love INC’s last vision screenings of the year on August 2nd, examining the eyes of more than 25 clients at the Newberg Church of Christ. A handful of medical professionals volunteered their time alongside two Love INC receptionists to screen uninsured members of the community and provide them with a free prescription. Using the information provided on their prescription, clients were then able to select their favorite pair of frames through Zenni Optical and have them ordered by Love INC at no cost to them. Love INC receives annual funding from Give A Little Foundation specifically for vision services, making the restoration of sight to the blind a reality for so many in our community! “The Lord said to him (Moses), ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?”- Exodus 4:11

10 09, 2014

Lord, Have Mercy!

By | September 10th, 2014|Relational Ministry|

As the fourth annual Backpack Giveaway was commencing at C3 Church on Saturday, August 9th, Relational Ministry client “Martha” was not there to enjoy the festivities.  “Martha” missed the distribution of her much needed backpacks because she was at the hospital’s emergency room with one of her twin boys. He had suffered minor injuries after falling out of his bedroom window.  Martha relayed the unfortunate news to Love INC as soon as she could. Thankfully, the search for an alternate solution to her backpack dilemma did not last very long.  Mary, a longtime financial partner with Love INC, heard about Martha’s story and agreed to help her purchase new backpacks and supplies.  Martha was overwhelmed with gratitude. She had thought an ill-fated circumstance was going to set her back again; instead, it provided her with a fresh glimpse of the mercies of God. “Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”- Psalm 143:7-8

3 09, 2014

LaVeine Family to the Rescue!

By | 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 | 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

20 08, 2014

God Restores

By | August 20th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

“Mitchell” was a former high-end chef whose cocaine addiction had landed him in the streets of Seattle for many years.  Recently he found his way to Helping Hands in Newberg after a brief stay at Blanchet Farms recovery program in Carlton, Oregon. He shared in his intake interview with Love INC that disobedience to God had caused his past, but that he was a new creation in Christ.  He was full of confidence that God was going to restore the years he had wasted on drugs. Mitchell’s confidence in God came out in his conversations with us.  He expressed overflowing gratitude as we provided him with brand new clothing that a volunteer had donated.  While we could not provide a free bicycle that same day, he assured us that his transportation issue would work itself out. Sure enough, later that week he reported back to us that a generous man had given him a street legal dirt bike. With nothing but the Spirit of God guiding him and God’s people lending a helping hand, Mitchell is living a purposeful life again to the glory of God. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”- Mark 11:24

18 08, 2014

Treasures in Heaven

By | August 18th, 2014|Relational Ministry|

Erin Macy, a Relational Ministry mentor, sat down with a married couple she mentors over dinner last month. It’s astounding to see the kind of impact Christians can have by simply involving others in their daily life.  Here’s a glimpse of that: “Last week we had “Kristina” and “Braden” over for dinner. As we were talking we discovered that Braden had actually had John's (my husband) mom for a teacher in high school. She passed away during Braden’s junior year and he even remembered his reaction to that news. He had some fun stories to share and it came at a really good time for John--he needed to hear about his mom.” “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”-Matthew 6:20-21