I was sitting in my office recently working fast and furiously on an upcoming fundraiser when I heard an unfamiliar voice outside my door. “I just came by to say goodbye,” the voice announced to Jan Visser our Clearinghouse Coordinator. “Love INC has done so much for me, I couldn’t leave town without coming to say thank you.”
I found myself wandering out to the reception area to see who was talking. “Dawn” came to us awhile back as a single mom with several children. She was out of work and struggling to make ends meet. A few visits to the personal care pantry, an invitation to our Advent Class and several shared moments of prayer was really all that we had done for her, but in her eyes we had become friends.
When you partner with Love INC it is this kind of work that you are participating in. Whether you give of your finances, donate product or give your time you are enabling the Body of Christ to make relationships with those who are hurting…to become friends to the lonely.
As I reflect on "Dawn's" story it reminds me of the story of the ten lepers. Only one of them returned to thank Jesus for the healing He provided. It was this man who was not only healed of leprosy, but was also made whole. I believe that this is the case for "Dawn". I believe that her gratitude for the gifts of time, finances and products will allow for multiplication in her life.
“Dawn” is now moving out of state. She has an opportunity for a fresh start. We were able to send her on her way with a Fresh Start kit full of dishes and pots and pans. Hopefully every time she sees these gifts, she remembers her friends here at Love INC.