Volunteers are the heartbeat of every local Love INC. Every week, hundreds of gifted servants across the country give thousands of hours to help transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.
Yet while there’s no way we could capture even a fraction of the great volunteer stories available to share, here’s one example of a beloved volunteer at the Love INC of Greater Lapeer in Michigan:
John has enjoyed the transformative process of furniture rehab most of his life. To take a piece that’s ragged or worn down and to get it to its best potential gives him great joy. That’s why he’s still on staff at Love INC of Brevard in Florida after six...
Love INC National’s purpose is to equip, encourage, and elevate our affiliates so that together we can mobilize churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. That’s why it’s been so exciting to see God continue to raise up new leaders. When experienced National staff and talented local Love INC leaders come together around the incredible mission we share—transformation happens.
Love INC looks a bit different in Nairobi, Kenya. Yet, our Kenyan clients, like those in the United States, are not exempt from the old African proverb, “It takes a village.” Most often, the needs met by our seven Love INCs on the ground in Kenya include food, school tuition, post-trauma counseling, and helping people start small businesses in order to make a sustainable wage. Sometimes, they look like this…
Founded in 1985, Love INC of Tanana Valley has grown to mobilize 66 churches, putting over 900 volunteers into service in the Fairbanks area. Coordinated ministry opportunities include a Transportation Program, Quality of Life Education & Mentoring, an Adopt-A-Family program, and other ministries to fill the gaps including Personal Needs Closets, Cleaning Supplies, Kitchen Items, Bedding, a Diaper Bin, Firewood Projects, a Furniture Bank, and much more.
One of the ways we serve our affiliates is by developing and providing them with tools, such as our online Board Member Orientation that educates new board members about Love INC and overall board member responsibilities. Going deeper into training, we provide an in-depth Board Tool Kit with important information on ins-and-outs of a well-functioning board. What does this do? It provides a consistent onboarding process across the Love INC movement, and saves our affiliates time in having to create their own material.
A disabled, single mom, Kay and her family were made homeless by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. During the chaos of the storm, she had evacuated her family to Lufkin for a short time before moving back to Houston. However, upon their return to Houston, they could not move back into their residence and so turned to the help of a local church…
A simple need for a ride to a medical appointment connected Mike with our partner churches. He first reached out in 2014, but over the next few years, Mike was taken to his appointments by many people. For six years, his life has been transforming In the Name of Christ with the help of our partner churches.
How many churches are in your community? 15? 30? 50? More? They all meet in different locations at different times with different worship styles, don’t they? What if the rest of the week they were united in one purpose as one Church to show and share the love of Christ by caring for and serving its neighbors?
As we helped him, he helped someone else in a way that he was able! The time my husband and I spent at Arnie’s house certainly blessed us as much as it blessed Arnie and his wife.”
In Arnie’s story, like so many others we see, the Lord not only provided the much-needed help for Arnie and his wife through Love INC churches, but also blessed others in the process.