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A Church Dinner Leads to Regular Attendance!

“John” & “Tracy” are living in their car, but are hopeful for the future, as he is now working full time.

When they visited the Love Covers ministry at LifePoint Church to pick up sleeping bags, they were invited to stay for dinner.  They hadn't been attending church, but the hospitality shown to them at LifePoint, inspired them to come back for church the next morning.

This is Love INC’s mission fulfilled: mobilizing local churches to transform lives in the Name of Christ.  

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in”  Matthew 25:35

Raydene's Kids Now Have Beds!

When “Raydene” first contacted Love INC, she was a single mother with six kids living in a small travel trailer, moving from place to place on a weekly basis. 

She got a Section 8 housing voucher, but struggled to find a rental for her large family. Finally, she and her children moved into a rental home, but they needed furniture. Raydene was added to our furniture waiting list, and soon a donor came forward.

When he delivered the items, he noticed some of Raydene’s children did not have beds and were sleeping on the floor. He generously offered to provide the beds that they needed.

Raydene is extremely grateful for the amazing donor who helped her get back on her feet. 

"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks”  Deuteronomy 15:7-8

River Street Church of God Provides Showers

We can’t do it alone. No congregation can, nor should. I think we often get caught up in wanting the PR opportunity when we’re doing something good. Maybe it will attract visitors and grow our church, we think. But Jesus’ upside-down kingdom cares not for such vainglory. He called us to work together—to launch into the darkness of the world arm-in-arm. And so, when Love INC moved last year, losing the capability to offer showers to our community, our church started looking for partners to help us put a shower in our building.

                It didn’t take long. Within a month a group had pulled together to make a shower happen. Habitat for Humanity offered to install the shower at-cost. Chehalem Presbyterian Church became financial partners. Patrons will be able to use personal care kits provided by Grace Baptist. And Love INC helped us apply for grants and think through the logistics.  With the team assembled, we set to raising the money needed. It took a while, but we got there in May. Habitat began the work then and over the course of the last few months we’ve been doing all that we could to get the shower ready for use.

                Now we’re just a few weeks away from being ready to open. We’re excited for the opportunity to show our world what can be done when Christians link arms for the work of Christ. We’re excited to see how our co-laboring will bless and dignify those who will utilize the shower. We’re excited to share in a work bigger than our little congregation.

                The shower will open in November. To begin with it will operate on Mondays from 11a-1pm and Wednesdays from 5-6p. We’d love to widen the circle of Christians dedicated to this much-needed project. If you’re interested in volunteering, just ask: pastor.mattingalls@gmail.com.

All His Peace,

 

Matt Ingalls

Pastor

River Street Church of God

“Emily” has a bright outlook on life thanks to essential partnerships in Newberg!

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 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!