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15th Anniversary Celebration a Success!

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended the 15th birthday of Love INC last month! It was a great time of food, fellowship and unity under the common goal of transforming lives In the Name of Christ.

Volunteers, staff and clients gave heartwarming testimonies about how their lives have been shaped by your work at Love INC.

It was incredible to see how God has moved through the years to unite denominations together and truly mobilize each one of us.

A special thank you goes to The Water Oasis and Storr's Smokehouse for being extra generous for this event!

15 Years of Love INC!

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Because of you, 11,569 men, women and children have received essential items, skills and housing In the Name of Christ.

You have given them a warm smile during one of the worst moments of their lives.

You have given them a gas card when their tank was on empty. Shampoo when they haven't been able to shower in a week. Medicine delivered to their door when they were sick. A bed to sleep in instead of on the street.

You have walked with them and listened to them as they learned how to take control of their finances, jobs and relationships.

Most importantly, you've given them the unconditional love that only comes from Christ.

Thank you for supporting and praying and giving to our community. You have made the past fifteen years possible. And God isn't done transforming us yet!

RV Club Blesses Newberg Family At Christmas

In October the Pacers RV club asked Love INC how they could bless a client with a monetary gift to help with their family Christmas. We suggested paying a utility bill for one of our families so their own money could be used for whatever they need for Christmas. The club gave a gift of $300 and asked that we give it to a Relational Ministry client with children who would benefit from not having to pay their PGE bill this month so they can put their own money towards Christmas for their kids.

We chose a gentleman who is very deserving. He is a divorced father raising three kids who also works full time at a restaurant. He attended our Money Management class this fall and has made great strides to better his financial situation, which was left in a bit of a mess after his divorce. He attended every class session, completed all of his homework, was engaged in group discussions, and has begun paying off his debt.

He was thrilled and humbled when I told him he had been chosen for this generous gift. He told me to tell whoever was the donor that "dinner is on me". I explained to him that it came from an RV club and that they would be happy just to know how appreciative he is. He's been working on paying off a past-due PGE bill and the $300 gift pretty much paid that off. So now, instead of making that payment this month, he'll have money to buy gifts for his children.

What an awesome gift of Christmas generosity!

New Residents of Newberg Accept Christ During Intake!

We met “Chase” and “Sandy” last week when they came to Love INC in search of supplies to stock their new apartment.

They just moved to Newberg from Salem, where they had been homeless for several years. Karen, our Program Manager, was conducting the intake and while it is part of the intake process to ask if the clients would like to hear about Jesus, she felt a special pull from the Holy Spirit.

A lot of new clients are already Christians or not interested in hearing the gospel, so Karen was pleasantly surprised when Chase and Sandy were eager to hear the good news. Chase even mentioned that he didn’t deserve God’s grace after all of the bad things he had done, which Karen quickly refuted with the Truth!

After going through the Gospel, both Chase and Sandy decided to trust the Lord!

Please pray for them as they continue on this new journey and that they find a great local church.

“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ” -Galatians 2:20

Letter From A Client

We recently received the following excerpt of a letter from a client:

Dear Love INC.,

Just a feel-good story on my Leap of Faith Journey… I am so broke that I live my financial life by one tank of gas. It costs approx. $45.00 to fill my tank up. I was clearing out my stuff that I had moved with and had a few items that I though would be a good fit in Aurora antique stores. My expectations on the few items were to sell [and earn] maybe two takes of gas total. After I spoke with the store owner a while, she offered me $200 for all. I was very happy and so was she. We made the transaction and I was on my way. After being so thankful and in prayers, I believe that it was the Holy Spirit that came into my heart and just simply said give half of it away.

If you remember me in my conversation when I was at the office picking up basic household supplies I mentioned that when I get back on my feet Love Inc. is going to be my choice of charity [to give back to]…Well, I’m not even close to being back on my feet, but that being said, your organization, Love Inc,. is my choice for the $100.

Thank you and God does bless us in mysterious ways.

Hillside Inn

We received a note from a former volunteer praising the Hillside Inn, and we just had to share it!

“I just wanted to tell you that because of your resource list, when I was training to become a volunteer, I became acquainted with Hilllside Inn, and my 22-year-old son became a resident there last month.  It's been a real blessing and we have to thank Love INC!!!

As you may know, Hillside is the Victorian purple house on Main St across from the NW Fish Market.  It's operated by Hillside Church, which meets in the small stone church there.  The goal is to help young people who are in transition and need to regroup.  They don't take serious addicts or serious criminal offences.  They do offer light structure and mentoring. People can stay for up to a year.  They pay about $500 in rent and expenses.

I really recommend it!”

So do we!

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When You Step Up to Serve, Amazing Things Happen

“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

Relational Ministry Results Keep Coming!

Every participant in Relational Ministry takes a quality of life assessment at the beginning and end of each term so we can evaluate how helpful the classes and relationships really are.

We are proud to report that this term was another huge success! Their monthly income went up an average of $180 per person and the total debt went down $18,443 in just ten weeks!

Not to mention the average housing situations, church relationships, stress levels, and levels of hope all increased.

We are so thankful to the volunteers who instruct and mentor each participant so that we can all witness such amazing results in a small amount of time.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Blessed Donation

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

Caleb Finds Shelter

“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

God Saw Brenda’s Need and Met It in Amazing Ways.

“Brenda” was forced to move out of her home for several months due to flooding, all the while her husband was suffering from dementia and going downhill quickly.

Right before the work on her home was complete and ready to move in, her husband was sent to a care facility. Brenda had no one to help her move.

At that same time the Youth Pastor from North Valley Friends church contacted our office looking for a service project for his middle school students. When Brenda came into our office looking for assistance, we knew God had provided the perfect opportunity.

God’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect when the youth group was only available on April 14th. Right after the move in day was scheduled, Brenda’s son found himself available and called her to say “How about we make April 14th move-in day?”

 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” - Lamentations 3:25-26

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Les Schwab Helps Client In Distress!

Volunteers often call Love INC clients to catch up and see if they need any other assistance. When a volunteer called “Steven,” she found him stranded with four flat tires!

Steven didn’t know what to do, so this volunteer took action and called Les Schwab. They quickly agreed to help!

Once Steven was able to get his car to Les Schwab they were able to fix two of the tires and replace the other two with some used ones they had on hand at no cost.

We are SO blessed to be part of a community that is willing to work together to help people in need. Thank you Les Schwab!

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”—Deuteronomy 31:8

Devin & Grace Don’t Have to Sleep on the Floor Anymore!

“Devin” and “Grace” are a lovely older couple who just moved to Newberg from California. They don't have a car so they were referred to Love INC by another organization to get bus passes.

In their intake interview they mentioned that they're sleeping on the floor and would love to have a mattress to sleep on, but can't afford one because their only income is from disability.

The intake volunteer told them we would keep the mattress in mind in case anyone called wanting to donate one. But what she didn't know is that the week before this intake our Program Manager had been contacted by someone wanting to donate a mattress.

She thought they would have already donated it elsewhere since a week had passed, but as God's perfect timing would have it they still had it and now Devin and Grace no longer have to sleep on the floor. And it even came with a memory foam topper for extra comfort!

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” -Psalms 81:10

Relational Ministry Participants Smash Credit Card Debt!

“Caitlin” and “Scott” have been active participants in Relational Ministry since fall 2017. They started the class with $1,415.99 of credit card debt.

After taking two terms of classes, they were able to completely pay off their credit card with help from the Money Match program!

Their goal this term is to pay off their car. They have paid over $600 on that bill, so your donations will match that amount ($300 for each of them) to get them one step closer to financial freedom.

To top off their incredible story, their debt/income ratio went from 18% in September of 2017 to 6% in March of 2018!*

We are so thankful that your donations make real, life-long success for people who put in the hard work to achieve their goals. Together we are transforming lives In the Name of Christ!

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

 

*(Your debt-to-income ratio is all your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income)

After many obstacles, “James” is on his way to putting his life back together again.

Just out of rehab for drug abuse, James has a five-month-old baby boy who he has not yet been able to meet. His biggest goal right now is to get to a place in his life where he can be a good father.

His son gives him hope that he can turn his life around.

When James came to Love INC he was hoping we could help him get a bike, but he had no idea there were many other things we could do for him.

He was able to pick up his bike that same day and he also walked out of our office with vouchers for non-food pantry items, kitchen items, laundry services, and even diapers for his son provided by Christians like you.

While James seeks employment and a place to live, his heart overflows with thanks to God for being his provider, and to the many donors who make it possible for his needs to be met during this time of transition in his life!

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” - Proverbs 13:12