May has been a fun and exciting month for the Love INC ministry. Fun because God has been incredibly good to build a strong spirit of unity among the volunteers as they serve the community. Exciting because we can’t help but feel like God is on the verge of doing an even greater work in our ministry to reach people in the community for Jesus Christ. Here are some highlights from each of the core Love INC ministries. We hope you will join us in thanksgiving for the ways God is using this ministry for His purposes and consider how you might begin or continue to play a part in it! CLEARINGHOUSE We saw 13 new individuals this past month and were able to share the love of Christ with them as we helped direct them to helpful resources within our community. We are excited to be implementing an improved intake process that will allow us to better resource folks and follow-up with them through more intentional relationship and prayer. Our hope is that this process will be solidified by the time we welcome our two new GFU social work interns in August, KariAnna and Elijah, so that they can help us develop more transformative relationships with clients! SHELTER Our Transitional Living Program continues to blossom with our changeover from being an emergency shelter to a transitional living program. The latest change that we’ve incorporated is bringing on board two Bachelor of Social Work graduates to live in the [...]
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
Newberg FISH Emergency Service Food Pantry has generously donated food vouchers for Relational Ministry participants in the Nutrition course. These vouchers will get them $20 of meat and vegetables each week they attend the course. This is another great step for our participants to practice healthy habits. We can't wait to see how they put these vouchers to good use!
The bike ministry is back! First Presbyterian Church has generously offered to distribute the bikes refurbished by the Retired Recyclers out of their church building. We are so grateful for this new partnership!
We are so grateful that Karla McMellon from the McMellon Center for Nutrition is back once again to teach Nutrition to our Relational Ministry class! We can't wait to gain some wisdom and healthy habits in the next 8 weeks!
Spring is officially upon us. Resurrection Day has come and gone. With a renewed sense of Christ’s victory over death in our hearts and minds, we are marching forward confidently in this new season hoping to continue experiencing more of this abundant life Christ has promised us and looking for opportunities to share it with others. Now that a new season is under way, I wanted to give you an update on what is going on here at Love INC: Relational Ministry Spring Term of Relational Ministry kicked off on April 6th with eleven individuals participating in our Money Management course and nine in our Nutrition class. The Love INC Relational Ministry program is a place where participants attend a 45 minute class on money management or life skills, then spend 45 minutes in one-on-one or group discussion/mentoring. This term we are especially excited to share that Newberg FISH is partnering with Love INC to provide weekly $20 vouchers to Nap’s Thriftway for fresh produce/meat for our Nutrition class students. We are still in need of mentors to walk alongside folks as they learn biblical principles and life applications to their most pressing needs. Please pray about becoming a shoulder to lean on for spiritual support and encouragement, and a cheerleader for folks working on debt repayment goals. Clearinghouse The clearinghouse is the heartbeat of Love INC, where Christian volunteers serve on the frontlines, receiving requests for help, screening those requests for extent of need and legitimacy, and then referring [...]
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
"I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Don't you see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Isaiah 43:19 "New things" is a favorite theme in the word of God, and it's a favorite theme at Love INC! When someone walks in our door for the first time, they don't just received a handout or help, they receive hope. We tell them God is doing something new in their lives beginning now! He can take them out of the wilderness, out of the dry place, and bring them into a place of refreshing, into new life. That's what I love best about this ministry – giving people hope that from that moment on, God begins a new work that will forever change their lives. I, too, am in a new place. As the new president of the Board of Directors of Love INC, I am excited to walk this path before me. After several years of service, Ken Cuddeford will be fulfilling his committed term and stepping down. We are so grateful for his dedication to Love INC Newberg and our community, and look forward to partnering with Ken in new and exciting ways. What a privilege it is to see those who come to Love INC take their first steps on the new path God has created for them! I look forward to serving this ministry and the awesome churches in our community that make [...]