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 [...]
“My life has been transformed,” “Lenore” volunteers, as we position ourselves on her new couch to hear her story. “Only God could have made the transformation in my life! Serving the Lord is my purpose in life.” Lenore had just signed a rental agreement for her first apartment in many years after working through the Newberg Community Shelter (transitional living program) for the past year and three months. She had to walk though several volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, counseling appointments and repayments to creditors to reach this point. “Daily life is still a challenge but so much better than before. I enjoy my job at the cabinet factory to which I commute daily on my trusty bike. I have many friends, participate in a local church, I assist my family in their needs and I encourage others to use the resources Love INC and the local churches provide.” “What is the reason for my recovery…? Two words: Love INC! My life was a wreck, multiple marriages, three years in prison, bad relationships, drinking and drugs. My life was off to a really bad start in every way. I can’t begin to tell you the misery of my life at that time. Several years ago, I looked for help to Love INC to live in their women’s shelter, but I didn’t obey the guidelines and was soon out on the street sleeping in my car.” In her desperate situation, Lenore turned a second time to Love INC to request to live [...]
On Saturday, February 4th Jake Kanyer and 10 other students and adult chaperones from Veritas School in Newberg braved the elements to help two elderly Love INC clients with yard cleanup. It was a lot of raking and both clients were very grateful. Here’s what one had to say: “Thank you for the people you sent. They really moved mountains and were so helpful!” As a senior at Veritas, Jake has had the opportunity to serve as the leader of a “house” of about twenty 7th-12th grade level students. Organizing quarterly service projects such as the one described above have given students opportunity to create peer relationships that foster leadership, fellowship, and Christian maturity at school. Thank you to Jake and Veritas School for truly making a difference in the community through the house system. We look forward to working with you in the future to meet needs in our community. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”- Joshua 24:15
Norma never though it would happen to her... “I was a successful data processor, earning a great salary when suddenly it all stopped! I lost my job of 23 years and had nowhere to turn!” There were many challenges in Norma’s life; her parents were atheists, but honest people and encouraged their children to attend church and live a life with honest principles. Although married several times, Norma never found support in a husband, but was encouraged early in the Christian walk by her step-mother. In her shock of job loss and nowhere to turn, Norma survived for a period of time as a live-in housekeeper and cook for the elderly and eventually found herself in Newberg, Oregon. She came in contact with a Love INC staff member who invited her to move into the shelter as a place to get her life back to a meaningful existence. “The Love INC Shelter experience saved my life. I found new life spiritually emotionally and physically... plus I was counseled toward the next stage in my life. Through the direction of the Love INC staff, I became a licensed massage therapist, was employed as a driver for the local bus company, located a home (Love INC paid the down payment) and moved from the Shelter to a new life experience and hope. Now I can serve others...I am a weekly host at the Love INC Shelter, I’m member of a local church in which I produce the weekly media power points and [...]
During Christmas break, Love INC received a call from Dr. Ryan Nienaber, a chiropractor in the area. He shared that his son, Noah, and two other boys from Horizon Christian Elementary School in Tualatin, OR, had spearheaded a fundraiser on behalf of Love INC as part of their class’s service project program. They wanted to invite us to receive the proceeds at their next chapel service. Ryan shared that Noah personally selected Love INC because of his parent’s past involvement with the organization and because he believed in the mission of mobilizing local churches to help people in need. Noah and his buddies had channeled their belief in the cause of Christ and began selling candy canes and hot chocolate at school throughout the winter. That soon spread like wildfire as kids began bringing donations from home. When it was all said and done, Noah and company had raised $1,035! At the check-giving ceremony, Principal Judi Smith remarked that “she had never seen God light them up so much. The three boys made so many sacrifices in order to fundraise, even giving up recess many times over to plan their next steps.” Love INC is so grateful for this example of sacrificial love and generosity. It truly is a remarkable testimony to what God can do through younger up and coming generations. “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in [...]
Dear Love INC Community, Confession: I am a big fan of the quote, “God is in the details.” Ever since becoming a Christian during my freshman year of college, I have resonated with the idea that God could care about every minute detail of our lives. It is not a burdensome reality that God is alive in every moment, calling us to Himself; it is an exciting opportunity to live the abundant life God offers us through relationship with Christ. And that is what we here at Love INC are choosing to embrace this year as we walk in the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10). It helps motivate us to look back on 2016, a year filled with ups and downs just like any other. We scaled a lot of proverbial mountains in 2016 but it was not the peak of the mountain that made it all possible, it was the climb, the journey getting there. And when we get a glimpse of where we’ve gone, we are encouraged that our every small step of faith and action mattered. I invite you who, however big or small, have contributed to the ministry this past year through volunteering time and energy, offering financial support, donations, and/or prayer, to see a visual representation of what you have accomplished through the following statistics. Enjoy a momentary glimpse of how far we’ve come, and let it encourage you as we move forward together. “Brothers and [...]