2015 - Great Expectations!
2014 was a year of change and blessing for Love INC of Medina County. We welcomed a new Clearinghouse Coordinator - Pam Grucza. We had at least 8 new churches join our network. The most recent addition is Brunswick United Methodist Church.
We rejoice with each new church (whether Partner or Participating because it is a sign of growing unity within the Body of Christ throughout the county. The people of those churches represent great resource for touching the lives of hurting people. Some of that resources is financial, but there is also the potential of applied spiritual gifts and talents.
We are praying this year for more volunteers to help in our clearinghouse. These dedicated folks are front line soldiers - directly touching the lives of clients through compassionate listening, words of encouragement. Again, we are truly blessed by their dedication. We are also praying for more volunteers to help with furniture ministry, car repair, budget counseling, crisis counseling. I trust you understand that Love INC doesn't do all these things on our own. We are merely the facilitators to help direct God's people - the church - to ways in which they can serve the Lord by serving others.
We are praying, as well, for God to use our coalition of churches to help people find new life in Christ. We are convinced that the greatest help people need is not a rent payment or a food basket however important that help is. The greatest need is to find new direction and new perspective so that people can progress from where they are to where they need to be in Christ.
As we approach our 5th anniversary (September 1, 2015), we are excited and expectant that - with God's help and direction - we can see many lives and communities in Medina County transformed "in the name of Christ."
We hope many of you will be led to join us in the great Kingdom effort.
Happy New Year!
Mike Van Arsdale, Executive Director