This morning we received a call from "Jenny," wanting to donate some furniture. She proceeded to tell us about how her daughter has transformed since working with Love INC: Jenny's drug addicted daughter, "Denise", had been in an abusive relationship five years ago when she reached out to Love INC and other local organizations. She participated in our program along with many others provided in McMinnville and Newberg and even volunteered at a church. After years of hard work and transformation, she has moved into a stable home, achieved sobriety, has been attending school and has been on the Dean's List at her college! She is studying social work with a goal to help Senior Citizens in need.
Eight years ago a couple in our church took in a tiny infant that belonged to two teenage parents. The baby's daddy worked for the man in our church and the baby's mommy ("Danielle") abandoned him. Every so often, the mommy would come back to town and on occasion she would visit her baby. She never stayed more than a few days. The couple in our church stayed in contact with her over the eight years that she was away. They prayed for her and shared the gospel with her. They took her baby to church. Eight years passed and one day Danielle, now in her 20's, called the couple in our church and said she was at rock bottom and she was willing to do anything to get her life on track. The couple asked my husband and I what to do, and we said to give Love INC a call. The couple brought her to the office for an interview, and immediately action was taken to get her in a stable home at the shelter. The couple brought her to church, and she observed cautiously, even fearfully, at first. She said she has never met so many caring people in her life. After being loved and accepted by strangers and hearing how Jesus loved her and wanted the best for her life, she found herself at the altar in tears, giving her broken life to Jesus to heal and repair. A month later she was water-baptized and attending [...]
DROP IN CENTER IS NOW TAKING RELIEF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ITEMS 2nd Street Church offers their amazing office space on 1st Street to the transient community when they are open, and they have been dispersing the Breakfast Bags and Sack Lunch Kits. What they noticed was that not everyone enjoyed everything in these bags, and a lot of food was going to waste. Now, they take those items out of the bags and place them on the shelf shown above. Anyone who is hungry can stop by the office (during open hours) and pick a certain number of items off the shelf. They have access to a microwave where they can heat up their breakfast or lunch and plenty of space to enjoy and eat. Even better news: you can still help contribute to this ministry! ITEMS COLLECTED: Soup with pop top Cup of Noodles Microwave Mac N Cheese Protein bars Crackers with peanut butter or cheese Packs of peanuts Fruit and applesauce cups (the applesauce in the little pouches are not as popular) 100% juice boxes/pouches Hot chocolate packets These items can be dropped off directly to the 2nd Street office at 504 E 1st St Monday - Friday, 9AM to 1PM. We are so excited to see this ministry evolve to serve our community even better!
Dear Love INC Community, Since our move in late August, certain questions have come up over and over again from both clients and volunteers about our organization’s policies. Many are simply wondering what’s different and what's the same now that we are in a new location. I want to give you a brief bullet list of the changes and the consistencies of the ministry as it presently stands: What’s the same: The Newberg Community Shelter is still in the same house. They have not moved. We’re still Love In the Name of Christ, a ministry bringing together local churches and coordinating their vast resources of expertise, talent and time to transform lives and our communities in the name of Christ. Our central clearinghouse, where we empower volunteers to receive, screen, clarify, and resource needs from the community is still our essential function. Jesus Christ is still transforming lives by unifying the body of Christ and putting Christians smack dab in the middle of the lives of those in our community who are hurting and reaching out for help. What's different: We occupy professional office space with other neighboring businesses. We’re no longer a central hub for donation drop-offs, due to lack of storage. We’ve been redirecting donations directly to our GAP ministries. This does two things: emphasizes our mission to mobilize local churches and saves donors time and gas money. We’re transitioning to being more phone–based as opposed to in-person to increase accessibility to clients. We still accept walk-ins! But, if at all possible, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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. [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
“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