Behold, A New Thing

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19

From our Board President, Randy Dawson:

For those of you who are familiar with the ministry and service of Love in the Name of Christ, you know of the hundreds of needs that are met each month either directly or through partnerships with local churches, ministries and agencies right here in our community of Marion.

Along with our current ministries and services, we are in the process of furthering our mission to transform lives in the name of Christ through developing an exciting new ministry to address the deeper issues fueling the crisis of people in need.  There will be much more to share about our Transformational Ministry Program that we are calling “Hope for Tomorrow” in future newsletters.  Our intent is to establish and make available to those we serve, means and resources, either directly or through further partnerships with existing churches, ministries and agencies, a way to obtain, learn and strengthen people to become more self-reliant and self-sufficient, while building a deeper relationship with Christ.  We believe that true restoration comes only by meeting physical, mental/emotional AND spiritual needs.

We are at the beginning stages of this process which is very exciting for all of us!

From our new Transformational Ministry Director, Bob Goyer:

I believe that the Lord is moving by His Holy Spirit in Marion and has called Love INC of Marion to develop a “Transformational Ministry “.  This unique ministry combines the love of Jesus, education, accountability and relationships in order to provide opportunities for people to free themselves from their spiritual, personal and financial burdens.

This ministry seeks to transform the lives of people in chronic need through caring relationships and classes/training opportunities such as budgeting, parenting, marriage, employment/work ethic, life skills, and more. Most importantly, this ministry focuses on the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Love INC organizes church members to lead courses and/or walk alongside (mentor) people in need for a set time period (usually 1 to 3 months) in order to help them acquire one or more skills and move toward self-sufficiency.  These courses can be accompanied by material support and access to Gap Ministry resources (i.e. furniture, diapers, etc.) that will help free up cash which is then used to pay down debt.  The program will include goal setting and the above incentives through vouchers to promote accountability. People in need will have opportunities for life change through godly relationships with caring Christians who provide support, encouragement and the love of Christ.   And everything is earned! This creates independence instead of dependence, and gives those in need the opportunity to free themselves from their dependency.

First, one must contact the Love INC Clearinghouse in order for Love INC to evaluate the needs of the person and to gain a clear picture of the situation.

The potential participant must be motivated and desire to pursue answers to their ongoing needs.

We are praying for ministry workers to join as co-laborers. If you sense the Lord tugging at your heart about this ministry, please contact myself at 225-9102, or the Love INC office at 382-3340.