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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

22 04, 2015

Strength to Bless

By | 2015-04-22T06:14:34+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|Relational Ministry|

“Felicia,” a Relational Ministry client, is a student at the University of Portland and didn’t have access to a computer. She spends four hours on public transportation in order to get to and from school. Because she didn’t have a computer, she then had to spend hours in the library at George Fox University to do homework. This situation is less than ideal for a busy student with a challenging workload. Another Relational Ministry client, “Carmen,” was able to see how a personal tragedy could be used to help others. Carmen’s daughter recently passed away, leaving behind a computer. Carmen decided to bless Felicia by giving it to her. It’s amazing to see how God can give the strength to help others even in the midst of difficult times! “Seek the Lord and his strength; seeks his presence continually!” –1 Chronicles 16:11

15 04, 2015

Servant Update: Ashley

By | 2015-04-15T21:13:49+00:00 April 15th, 2015|Servant Update|

Some time ago, a young woman came to Love INC needing resources to help her learn how to best take care of her autistic son. Ashley, an intern at the time, was there to help. “We were able to bring peace to her life that she didn’t know was available,” she said. While helping the woman take linens and food to her car, Ashley was surprised when the woman started crying. She gave Ashley a tight hug and thanked her, saying, “You have given me so much hope and peace and I am grateful for this place.” Ashley saw this moment as an “incredible testament to what Love INC is all about,” and felt blessed to be a part of it. She graduated from George Fox University in 2014 with a degree in Social Work. She is currently helping her church create an intake process for The Heart of the City, the new community center of Wilsonville. She will become a leader and trainer to those who want to become intake specialists there. Of her internship experience, she said, “Love INC gave me a sense of what it means to work with a vulnerable population and gave me a compassion for that population that I never thought I would have.” Her time at Love INC introduced her to the tools to start a community center in her own town, bringing hope to those living in poverty locally. “God has given me a passion for community development and I am seeing [...]

8 04, 2015

A Word about God’s Word

By | 2015-04-08T21:34:31+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Relational Ministry|

As a Christian, one of the best ways to grow in relationship with God is to read His Word. Even though most Christians know this, it can still be a challenge to pick up the Bible and spend time listening to what God is saying through it. There is a constant need for encouragement to spend time in the Scripture. “Jennifer,” a Relational Ministry participant, shared that she has started reading her Bible, beginning in Matthew. She said it is a rewarding experience but she also finds it to be confusing at times. Other participants were encouraged by her dedication to spiritual growth despite the challenges, and they appreciated her honesty about it being a difficult task. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17

1 04, 2015

Sharing the Gospel

By | 2015-04-01T17:58:02+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Relational Ministry|

“Amanda” recently experienced a situation in which God took something bad and used it for good. She had been waiting to hear back results from her doctor, fearing she was going to be diagnosed with cancer. During this time, Amanda was given the chance to share the Gospel with her neighbor, a young single mom. It had started as a texting conversation but led to meeting at her apartment and talking about Christ together. Amanda will be giving a Bible to her friend so that she can begin her faith journey. “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” –Romans 10:9