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Love INC Impact Stories

Getting Dirty

Posted by Erin Tink on

When we offer help we do so with the big picture in mind. We are strategic in the needs we meet and we make it our goal to offer just as much relational and spiritual help as we do tangible goods.

We had a woman with two sons call us three months ago asking for someone to give her assistance with her home. Her husband is incarcerated, she's raising her boys alone, and there are a couple of projects she just couldn't do on her own. When she made her initial request to us we listened, empathized, took notes, invited her into our evening Begin Now ministry for community, and we prayed.

She began attending our evening classes within a couple of weeks of her initial contact with us. Her boys benefited immediately from time in our Begin Now for Kids program - they are a delight! She regularly attended and grew in her relationship with God and others.

In the meantime, we deployed a volunteer from our network of partner churches to take a look at her home projects. He, his wife, and his buddy from church went to her home and helped complete the minor projects she had. They couldn't help but go above and beyond to make sure she was well taken care of - even fixing a flat tire and a broken window that weren't apart of the original plan.

A story like this make us proud to do the work we do. Through the Love INC process we can meet people right where they are, invite them into a community of others, watch them begin to grow and stretch, and bless their socks off in service. It's amazing to see what God does when we get beneath the surface as we serve others.

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