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7 09, 2016

September Update

By | September 7th, 2016|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, With the ending of summer and a new school year just beginning, mixed emotions of excitement and anxiety are settling in for many of us. Whether you’re a teacher, student or a proud parent, one thing is for sure: everyone is hoping this upcoming year becomes one marked by incredible growth and transformation. In many ways, Love INC is experiencing the same feelings and rhythms associated with a changing over of the seasons. With our recent relocation and leadership transition underway, we are getting acquainted with new “classrooms” and a new “teacher”! It has been both challenging and rewarding. We can’t help but believe that God is on the move, turning over a new chapter in His plan to transform our lives and this community In the Name of Christ. As we yearn for transformation this year, I am reminded of the simple truth that the only agent of lasting transformation is the gospel. You never “graduate” from the knowledge that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead. The apostle Paul understood this best and we would do well to approach this changing season with the same mindset: “When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.  I came to you in weakness—timid and [...]

10 08, 2016

Transforming Newberg

By | August 10th, 2016|Update|

DEAR LOVE INC COMMUNITY, I love change! I love seeing how God disrupts and leads his people into deeper relationships through change. It seems that in moments of upheaval I feel God’s presence in more intimate ways than when I am coasting and all is stable. We often say to prospective partners, “when you join with us in the mission to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ, one of the lives that will be transformed is your own.” We see it every day and it is proof that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming and that our God is not willing to leave any of us in sinful stagnation. What’s more is that this incredible power of God to pull us forward as individuals also applies to organizations. Thus, we find our ministry in one of those exciting and transformative seasons of God’s holy, intimate presence pushing us forward. After twelve years of enjoying the generosity of Newberg Foursquare Church providing our clearinghouse to us rent free, it is time to move. We have secured a wonderful office space on Elliott Street right across the road from our local food bank, F.I.S.H. We are excited to have office space more suitable to our necessary administrative operations as we lean more deeply into God to provide the resources needed to pay rent for the first time. We will most likely move some time in August. This change has prompted great conversations with churches on the south side of [...]

10 08, 2016

Transforming Families

By | August 10th, 2016|Relational Ministry|

“The Love INC course we just completed was so much more than we expected,” says Jason with his fiancée Katie. “Our lives have changed, our contact with Love INC has turned our lives around… we now have a future!” Relational Ministry, available to all Love INC clients, is taught by professionals in the Newberg community.  Each term contains ten-week courses that teach money management, job skills, nutrition, relationship development and much more. Each participant meets with a mentor to walk together through the courses. Jason and Katie began living together, both with teenage sons and their child they had together. “We were treading water. Low income, high rent and getting farther behind every day.” “I benefitted so much from [Relational Ministry]” commented Jason. “I saw and improved deficiencies in my job experience. I became aware of and improved personal habits that were hindering my relationship with other people. My relationship with Katie improved greatly, and frankly we would not plan now to get married had it not been for Love INC and this program.” “Our mentor saved our relationship,” said Katie. “I learned how to communicate with our three kids in our home. What a difference! And in addition, I learned job acquisition skills that I need as I return to work. We learned money management skills setting us up for the future. We still have a long way to go but we are on the way.” “I have really enjoyed coming along side this couple” exclaimed their mentor, Mary. [...]

16 06, 2016

June Update

By | June 16th, 2016|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, This week I had the privilege of learning from a consultant who spends his time helping Christ-centered nonprofits to fund raise and operate in a way that grows their causes and the believers who support them. We were discussing the incredible way God transforms us as we serve Christ when I asked him, “How do we keep the message of inviting others into serving with us from becoming about us?” That is, we all know that so often we are the ones who are blessed by serving. But sometimes we can turn serving others into an agenda for making ourselves feel good. And, this can easily turn into exploiting some of our most vulnerable neighbors while we pridefully boast about the way we take care of them. Like so many sins this is just turning a good thing (serving others) into a bad thing (using others to serve our selves).  As we were talking this wise consultant said, “Think of it this way.  It’s called a Christian walk and the right foot is ‘giving’ and the left foot is ‘receiving’.  If the right foot is the only one moving and the left foot is stuck—then we end up walking in a circle. If the left foot is the only one moving and the right foot is stuck, then we end up walking in a circle.”  I responded, “That’s brilliant!  What a beautiful illustration of how God works through us!” As I rode home from this meeting, [...]

26 05, 2016

A Beautiful Tapestry

By | May 26th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

A client came in to the office for the last time, wanting to donate some items that she had cleaned out of her home as she was packing up to move out of state. The items were received by our receptionist, who happened to know the client personally as she had once attended the receptionist's church for many years. As the client was leaving, our receptionist offered to pray for the client and bless her as she began her new journey. The client gladly accepted the offer, and she and her sister and the receptionist joined hands and prayed. After the "amen," the client said to the receptionist, "When I first came to your church in Newberg almost 30 years ago, your wedding was the first event I attended. And now your prayer is the last thing I am taking away with me from Newberg. That's pretty special." And it is special! Although this client has emotional and mental needs that have made forming healthy relationships very difficult for her throughout her life, at that moment she was able not only to recognize that she had a lasting relationship with someone but she was able to appreciate and value it! God has a way of weaving the threads of our lives together in such a way that although they may look a little knotted, tangled and gaping from one point of view, there is a beautiful tapestry to behold on the other side! "For we are his workmanship, created in [...]

12 05, 2016

Closer to Home Ownership

By | May 12th, 2016|Relational Ministry|

“Briana” has been one of the most enjoyable and dedicated students Love INC has ever had in the Relational Ministry program. Briana has attended over 50 classroom sessions since 2012, equaling over 75 hours of time devoted to learning about the Christian faith, money management, nutrition, physical fitness, and healthy relationships. In addition to the educational benefits, she’s blessed and been blessed by mentor relationships with several Christian women from the community. Taking everything she’s learned, and with the support of her mentors, Briana has been successfully working towards saving for a down payment on a home. To cap off her time in the Relational Ministry program recently, Briana celebrated reaching her final Money Match goal. Thanks to the generous supporters of Love INC who have made our $1:1 possible, she is now $500 closer to her home ownership dream! “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”- Prov. 13:11

5 05, 2016

May Update

By | May 5th, 2016|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, This morning I met with the pastoral staff of one of our local churches to thank them for their generous support of the ministry of Love INC in 2015.  Yes, I know, it is lame that it took me until the beginning of May to arrange this meeting to share stories and show our gratitude for their partnership.  I must confess that far too often, I let the day to day “emergencies” of leading in this organization get in the way of nurturing the relationships that are so important to our ability to seek God’s kingdom in our community. As I returned to office to write this update, I realized that it might be good to share a report about 2015 with all of you who read these regular emails, donate, volunteer and pray for the work we do to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. It was an incredible year filled with God’s provision, God’s redemption and God’s transformative power.  Lives have been changed forever and if you follow our Facebook page, you have heard some of those stories.  But, I thought today, maybe there are some who read these updates who might want to see some of the numbers that describe our work.  The combination of stories and statistics can be so powerful in communicating our impact.  So today, I give you the numbers. Enjoy! Love INC in a Blink In 2015 we served 184 NEW families as well as serving [...]

19 04, 2016

Showers Galore!

By | April 19th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

A volunteer recently inherited some money from a passing family member, and decided to donate the funds for a tankless water heater to Love INC! Hampton Plumbing was able to install the tankless water heater so that any client who needs a shower will have fresh hot water, even if they were last in line. We are so blessed!

13 04, 2016

Tears of Joy and Relief

By | April 13th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

Today "Allison" came in with her special needs child, so excited to give a praise report for the good things that have happened in her life recently. She shared how she had felt that her family was under a curse because of all the negative things that had befallen them, but recently she had been attending a local church where she was receiving support and prayer from the people there as well as prayer from us at Love INC.  She said she had always been willing to pray for and help others, but she had never been one to receive prayer for herself. Since allowing people pray for her and her son, dramatic changes in her situation have taken place. She's been approved for a 24-hour caregiver for her son, she has received Section 8 housing for a two-bedroom home so the caregiver can stay in the same room as her son and she can actually sleep at night (he must have someone with him at night because of his frequent seizures), and her son has been approved to receive free psychological treatment from a Christian psychologist---a miracle, she says, because this particular provider is not on the list for free service.  She was bubbling over, saying that she keeps crying tears of joy and relief, and giving all the glory to God for answering her prayers. "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16b)

6 04, 2016

Community United in Service

By | April 6th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

Love INC's George Fox University interns are at it again! Sam and Lora visited Ewing Young Elementary School to discuss serving their community: "It was another morning well spent with young children eager to learn and serve. It’s never discouraging to speak to a group of people, especially young kids, who are anticipatory of the ways in which they can serve their community. In this second time around of visiting a classroom, our group of students was larger and the ages ranged a bit more. The students all came from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. And while the heart and intention of the kids is a vitally important aspect to service in the community, another piece that was almost overlooked in speaking with these kids was their family’s involvement. It is most definitely inspiring to see kids willing to be a part of something that involves them getting up early before school (not something easy for most people) on the premise of service. But it is even more encouraging to see the amount of effort and initiative that their parents put forward as well. In order for these kids to be as involved and engaged in these projects through k-kids they need the help and encouragement of their family. Someone needs to drive them to their meetings, help financially supply for different activities or group projects, such as supplying food and creating kits for breakfast and lunches for the Love INC clearinghouse, and they need people who are willing to [...]