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.
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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.