It is true, tragically so, that people can serve others in need and undergo no transformation. Likewise it is true, tragically so, that the persons being served can undergo no transformation either. The exchange of “services” is reduced to a transaction and the assistance rendered has been reduced to a commodity.
All such activity can be passed and quantified and look good while at the same time serving only to dehumanize all parties involved.
In June of last year, Louisa and Jeremy were leaning toward divorce, relationally and financially burned out. They turned to IMPACT, the weekly transformational ministry program coordinated by Love INC of Littleton.
“At first,” shares Lousia, “We kind of did it because we figured what’s the worst that could happen? It was difficult in the beginning. We doubted it, but it’s one of those things that takes time before you see the fruit of the hard labor.”
One of Love INC Kenya’s five affiliates serves the Githogoro slum and sees countless needs, many of which point back to the same root issue – poor sanitation. Without safe, affordable, and accessible drinking water, residents face a high risk of contracting communicable diseases such as typhoid and cholera.
Seeking a lasting solution to this problem, Love INC helped 12 agencies, 12 churches, and about 150 volunteers launch “The Githogoro I Want”.
Dillon Area Love INC (Montana) serves a strong, proud ranching community that is experiencing high levels of underemployment among other struggles.
In December 2016, following a development process with Love INC National, seven local Christian churches, in partnership with Love INC, opened a Love INC Clearinghouse. Recently, hardships facing Dillon residents increased when three agencies closed. But God had a plan.
A small group of men and women carried the vision for what would, in 2003, become Love INC of Greater O’Brien County. They prayed and worked hard to set the table for churches in their community to participate in life transformation.
One of those vision carriers, Mark Brown, is now a volunteer Faith & Finances facilitator in the Greater O’Brien transformational ministry program as well as a Faith & Finances lead trainer for Love INC communities across the country. He is recognized for heart, passion, and ability.
When Gallatin County Love INC (Montana) initiated a partnership with Dry Creek Bible Church a couple of years ago, the leadership of the church saw quickly how the partnership would help them live out their mission statement, “Love God and love people.”
Dry Creek became a conduit of God’s love to hurting people by living out the commandment, “whoever loves God must also love his neighbor” (1 John 4.21). Their excitement toward another round of Faith & Finances has rapidly grown.