Relational Ministry

Treasures from 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

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

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)