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14 08, 2018

Announcement From the Executive Director

By | 2018-08-14T20:22:36+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Clearinghouse|

Dear Church Leaders, Love INC Champions & Neighbors, The last two years at Love In the Name of Christ Newberg have been a time of tremendous growth and success for this organization and the community we serve. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to be a part of seeing the Church mobilized to share the love of Christ with our community in both word and deed in partnership with Love INC. Today I am writing to let you know that God has called me to assume a similar position at a Christian nonprofit in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the end of the month my family and I will take a giant leap of faith and travel across the country to continue our personal mission to see lives and our communities transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. This new opportunity presented itself in a surprising way and the decision to leave Newberg was difficult to make, but we believe God is behind it. My wife and I spent a week praying and fasting for our future about two months ago and shortly thereafter received a phone call from a family member informing us about the position in Tulsa. We interviewed, visited, fell in love with the Tulsa metropolitan area, and subsequently accepted an offer of employment. While this is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family, it is difficult leaving all of you behind and the wonderful work we do together as a family of God [...]

30 07, 2018

When You Step Up to Serve, Amazing Things Happen

By | 2018-07-18T20:41:07+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Clearinghouse|

“Lisa” came to Love INC a few weeks ago because she heard we have volunteers willing to do service projects. She had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was getting ready to start a natural treatment process that would involve a lot of time spent preparing special foods. She also knew the treatment she would be going through would make her very tired and was concerned that she wouldn't be able to keep up with her house work and yard work. We put her on our serve project waiting list and told her we would be praying for her, but also explained that we may not be able to provide the ongoing type of help she was looking for. But God is so good and He knows what we need before we even ask! Just a few days after we met with Lisa, we got a volunteer application from someone who, when she came in for an interview, expressed interest in providing help with house work and yard work, possibly on a regular basis for someone who may need it. So we connected the two of them and they are meeting this week to work out a schedule. We never cease to be amazed at God's generous blessings and His perfect timing! “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6

24 07, 2018

Generous Locals Gift a Bike!

By | 2018-07-18T20:39:35+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Gap Ministries|

“Casey” is a young man who is a newer client of Love INC. We had given him a bike to get back and forth to work, for which he was extremely grateful. His bike ended up needing some minor repairs, so he took it to the bicycle shop here in Newberg to see what they could do for him on his limited budget. They pointed out that the bike he had really wasn't the best for his body type, and suggested he get a different bike. When he told the store that he had gotten the bike from Love INC, they gave him a new bike free of charge! They even generously fixed up the used bike and donated it back to the bike ministry. “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.” - Deuteronomy 15:7–8

9 07, 2018

A Bright Outlook on Life!

By | 2018-07-09T22:16:18+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Clearinghouse|

The Behavioral Health Clinic at George Fox University provides voucher for free counseling sessions for all Love INC clients. Emily stopped by the office last week to let us know that these sessions have been incredibly helpful! Thanks to counseling, Emily now has more confidence in herself than ever.  It has even been the springboard for her to be able to finally get a job. She starts her new job at a local department store this week and is so thankful for everything YOU have done for her along her journey to get where she is now!

9 07, 2018

A Complete Transformation

By | 2018-07-09T21:29:26+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Shelter|

When we met Teresa she was severely traumatized after experiencing homelessness. She had worked her whole life and due to severe, drug-resistant depression, she found herself without a job and no place to live. “I’ve had so many jobs in my life. I’ve worked since I was 15, I’ve been on my own since I was 17, I’ve always had a job.” Her situation was incredibly difficult to process. She was admitted into the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and upon arrival rated herself a 0 out of 10. She struggled to make eye contact with anyone, and due to anxiety and depression could barely complete the smallest task. Through constant support and coaching from the Love INC staff, Teresa began to see changes both inside and out. She started walking outside most days, applying for jobs and going to Relational Ministry and other community classes to interact with other people in our community going through similar situations. Cooking, completing house chores and yard work became a regular activity. She started to volunteer at local service agencies while looking for work. Our Transitional Living Coach even commented “Teresa is looking the best she has since arriving here almost 10 months ago. She is on task and engaged!” The most exciting (among many) moment came when Teresa was hired at a service agency to be a resource advocate for Homeless and Housing! “God has put me in a position to be a resource advocate for homeless and housing! Getting me back out [...]

24 06, 2018

Overcoming Overwhelming Odds

By | 2018-06-14T17:57:03+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Shelter|

When “Sabrina” first entered the Transitional Living Program (TLP) at the Newberg Community Shelter, she was in a state of shock. Her mother passed away, she was injured on the job and was a victim of domestic violence in the same year. There was a moment where Sabrina decided enough was enough and wanted to change her life. She maintained her sobriety and followed her individual success plan through bouts of depression and illness. Sabrina enrolled in the Ready to Rent Class and worked with Goodwill Job Connections, and within a few months of hard work she finally got a job! She is now starting work full time this week as an employee at a local manufacturing plant here in Newberg. We could not be more excited for Sabrina’s continued recovery and success! “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9

20 06, 2018

Blessed Donation

By | 2018-06-14T21:15:14+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Clearinghouse, Relational Ministry|

Last week we were contacted by a mattress company asking if they could donate a 2-month-old king sized mattress (cost $1500 new). Their client ended up wanting something different than what they had originally bought so the company replaced it for them. The company has a policy of donating returned mattresses and since their client lives in Newberg, we were the first organization they called. The day they called happened to have been our last night of spring term of Relational Ministry classes so we announced that this mattress may be available. A married couple attending that class mentioned that they were in need of a new mattress. So on Monday we called the company, they put us in touch with their client, then we contacted one of our volunteers who agreed to pick it up and deliver it. This almost-new, excellent quality mattress will arrive at our client’s home tomorrow evening! “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?” Matthew 6:26

14 06, 2018

Spring Term A Huge Success!

By | 2018-06-14T17:47:32+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Relational Ministry|

Witnessing the eyes of participants light up with discovery and self-realization is one of the biggest treasures from being a part of Relational Ministry. This term was no different! Nine participants (along with their mentors) learned valuable skills in Money Management. "I was pleased and surprised by how much I learned in this class. The way [the instructor] brought Bible verses into it that I thought had nothing to do with finances was fascinating." – “Megan” "This class was a revelation. I loved it and everything that I got from it." – “Chris” We also had two new Nutrition instructors who gave great advice to five participants who were struggling with a multitude of health problems. "I am incredibly grateful to Casey and Dawn for coming alongside me in my health” said “Heather.” Eleven participants even paid off their debt and were matched $1 for $1 with funds donated by you! The relationships between instructors, mentors and participants grow to strong bonds that continue outside of class more often than not. These special relationships and the Christ-centric teaching are the key to true transformation for everyone involved. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

29 05, 2018

A New Job for a New Man

By | 2018-05-23T17:49:56+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Clearinghouse|

“Caleb” is a young man who found himself homeless and came in to do an intake last Thursday. The intake volunteer noted that he is very intelligent and really seemed to want to better his situation. He came back into the office a week later to tell us he got a job and is also moving into Helping Hands tonight to begin their program! He was so thankful for the help YOU and our local churches gave him, and is excited to start his new job. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.”  – Psalm 90:17

22 05, 2018

Not a Stitch of Furniture

By | 2018-05-22T21:32:24+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Gap Ministries|

When our volunteer receptionist was checking voicemails on Monday, there was a message from “Regina” (a client), saying she just moved to a new place and has "not a stitch of furniture." Since there isn’t a furniture ministry currently, the volunteer knew she would have to call Regina back to try to refer her to another organization that might be able to help her get furniture at a low cost. But the very next message she checked was a donor saying they have a bunch of furniture to donate if we have someone who could use it. We were able to connect the two of them with each other and now some much needed furniture is on its way to Regina. God's timing is so amazing! “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11