Friends of Love INC,
Every family, company & community has a culture. It is written about in the professional world all the time today. Companies are putting emphasis on determining what type of culture they want to create in order for employees to be happy and content in the workplace.
Have you ever considered that a community has a culture too? As an active part of the community I have the privilege of connecting with many people...natives as well as people new to our little town of Newberg. I often ask them what they have noticed about Newberg or the surrounding area so far, or what determined why they chose to live here. In these conversations there is a consistent element that comes through: “Newberg feels different. It seems as though people care about each other here.” I just smile.
Yes indeed, the culture we enjoy here is unique. It is a group of individuals that cares about each other. There is a strong presence of faith here...many churches that serve a variety of people, all finding a place that feels like home, where they can be discipled and developed into people attentive to the needs around them and the depravity of our hearts. Having a long history with the Love INC ministry, I have to believe that it has had a large influence on building this culture in our community.
As with any organization there are seasons—-seasons with various leaders who continue to carry the torch of the cause. The Love INC board has been diligently searching for a new director to lead our ministry. Our efforts have not produced a clear candidate during this process. Understanding the negative effect this can have on the organization and seeing how difficult it is for everyone involved, we prayed and God has presented a solution. The board has invited me to be the interim director of Love INC.
We often don’t get a sneak preview of God’s great plan, and I can honestly say, “I didn’t see this coming.” Yet it feels as natural as putting on my comfiest pair of shoes.
I have had the privilege of serving the ministry for over twelve years of the fifteen years Love INC has been active. My volunteer experience has been broad—clearinghouse reception, intake interviews, Relational Ministry mentor, mentor trainer and support, class instructor, and monthly shelter hosts with my husband for over seven years. Recently I was asked to join the board of directors, and as of this month I have stepped into the director position. My professional background is as colorful as my volunteer experience. It includes real estate sales and business owner for over twenty years, and more recently, business consulting and career coaching.
There are two distinct elements that have had a profound impact in developing my relationship with Jesus: 1. Over 20 years of BSF bible study and 2. Serving through the Love INC ministry. I want to invite you to experience the same life changing experience.
In the brief time I have stepped into this position, my heart has been filled by once again seeing the impact that collaborated love can have on an individual’s life! It is great to be back in the arms of the Love INC ministry.
“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
-2 Timothy 2:20-22
Will you join me in being a vessel of transformation and hope to the hurting people within our town?
Our fundraising banquet is coming up in September, and we need you! There are many ways to be involved. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:
Specialty Dessert chefs
Social media coordinator
If you are interested in partnering with us, contact Shaina at the clearinghouse office: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be thrilled to work together with others who long to see our community transformed by the love of Christ.