Kara started volunteering at Love INC last summer with the goal of gaining experience in social work. She had the heart to serve as an intake volunteer, and yet, did so much more behind the scenes. She volunteered her time Tuesday through Thursday, anywhere from 9 to noon, to serve those in the Newberg community. Financially, however, her and her husband were in need at the time. The staff at Love INC were beyond grateful for all the help she was able to offer, but their hearts ached with hers whenever financial hardship was brought up. While she was volunteering at Love INC, the staff was collectively able to serve her just a bit in return by giving feedback on her resume, and encouraging her in her dreams to further pursue social work. She eventually wants to go to graduate school to become a marriage & family counselor. Last month she was hired by Yamhill County Health and Human Services to serve as an on-call relief staff member! Kara is on her way to gaining more valuable experience and working a flexible schedule to lessen the burdens on her and her husband. Praise God for His faithfulness! Join us in praying for Kara as she continues her journey as a servant for the Lord in all that she does.
Now that 2016 has come to an end and 2017 just begun, it’s a wonderful opportunity at the turn of a new year to reflect back on all that God has done with gratitude, and look forward in faith on all that God will do in the coming year. We want to first thank each and every one of you for your generosity during our year-end campaign. We saw our individual giving increase by more than 20% from last year! While it was a challenge to relocate our offices and experience a leadership changeover, God provided throughout the entire year. For example, we were surprised to learn that our overhead expenditures were actually lower at the new office, which will allow us to help our clients even more. This is clearly God’s grace and mercy that we have been rejoicing over for the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone who has ensured that this valuable ministry of God not only continues, but thrives through change and adjustment! As we look ahead to this year I want to briefly share what we hope to accomplish with your continued support. 2016 gave us so many encouraging signs of Jesus Christ at work in the lives of the community members we serve. We hope the following visions will bring that about even more: Grow accessibility for clients who are disabled or lack transportation Develop better resources to more effectively meet critical needs Improve relational connections between churches and clients Expand opportunities for [...]
“Put your boots on, everyone, and grab a jacket! We’re going to cut down our Christmas tree!” We pile into the car and head for the hills, driving up the winding roads that lead to the top of the mountain where our favorite tree farm is located. We tromp through the narrow paths between fragrant firs, searching for the perfect tree. When everyone is finally in agreement, we all take turns with the saw and then we carry our tree down the hill, tie it to the roof of the car, and merrily take it home to decorate. To set the scene for the evening’s festivities, we make sure there is a crackling fire, Christmas music playing, and hot chocolate to fuel the decorating frenzy. By bedtime, the tree is sparkling, the halls are decked, the stockings hung, and the windows lit. Our house is ready...let the holidays begin! And then the Lord interjects, “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this House remains a ruin?” (Haggai 1:4). “What do you mean, Lord?” I pray in my heart, looking over the pretty scene in my cozy, paneled house. Sitting down by the warm glow of the Christmas tree, I open my Bible and read about the Lord’s House. It wasn’t being given the same attention as the people’s personal homes. They were too busy in their own pursuits and pleasures to notice the neglect. The Lord gently chides us, “Give careful thought [...]
This past week the drop in center heard from several people who have been helped by Love INC in the past. They used to be regulars, in fact! Last week, "Cal" came in to the office to say hello. He reported that he is staying at a place in town and that he is happily working now. Praise God! Similarly we heard from "Donny" who stopped by to say hi as well and tell us that he is now working at a nearby farm. So happy to hear! Not long after those two updates, we received a call from "Mark" down in California, where he had traveled for work. He was hospitalized for a little bit due to an infection, but is feeling much better now. He wanted to let us know where he was and that he was doing well! It is incredibly humbling to be a witness of God's work, and these updates meant so much to us. We are honored to see these individuals where they are now. God places His hand on people to heal and restore them everyday, and when we are able to witness this, we grow closer to Him as well.
Dear Love INC Community, There’s just something about having a great group of people surrounding you both in life’s joys and its challenges… My name is Jaynani Cababat, and for the last two months, I have had the beautiful privilege of being a part of this Love INC team. In fact, it’s hard to even fathom how much I have seen, heard, taken part in, and learned in just these two little months. It can be daunting going through a season of many changes and transitions. That was true to me both in my personal life after recently graduating from George Fox University, as well as jumping into an overall season of change for Love INC. But one thing that can always make a heavy load feel a whole lot lighter is a community that welcomes you, burdens and all. I am grateful for this community who has welcomed me with open arms. So What’s New!? Just last week, Love In the Name of Christ moved down the hall into a more inclusive atmosphere. Yes, you heard that right, we moved again. But! We are still located in the same building, just in our own corner now rather than being spread out. And let me tell you… We are SO excited about this move. It means not only do clients get to walk into a more inclusive space that is solely for Love INC offices, but we also get to work in an environment where simply due to proximity we [...]
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 [...]