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Anthony’s Story: A Love Letter

Anthony’s Story: A Love Letter

What would happen if each of us opened our doors to our neighbors? Love witnessed just that: A neighbor and a church. Both reached outside of themselves and trusted God with the rest. Anthony and his two young kids moved to Grandville about eight years ago. As they...

Openness: A Love Your Neighbor Value

Openness: A Love Your Neighbor Value

One of the ways that psychologists measure emotional and mental health is called the 5-factor model of personality. Along with DISC and StrengthsFinders and the Meyers-Briggs, this test finds a way to quantify what makes up someone’s personality.  For...

Ron’s Story of Transportation

Ron’s Story of Transportation

When I retired about 25 years ago, I looked for ways to be productive. I volunteered as a driver for Love INC in Hudsonville. I’ve enjoyed working with a number of schedulers who call me when people in the community need a ride to or from a medical appointment. I’ve...

Micah’s House

Micah’s House

There are so many hidden gems within our community. Each day, I think I learn about something new that is tucked away either in a church, a group of neighbors, or just hidden in plain sight. My hope is to be able to bring light to these treasures in our community....

Dignity Serves Testimony

Dignity Serves Testimony

"In a matter of six weeks, my perspective on serving others was completely rewired in a way that will change not only how I serve others in the future but how I interact with individuals every day. This “rewiring” is a result of a six week program called Dignity...

God’s Plan is Greater than Coincidence

God’s Plan is Greater than Coincidence

A story of transformation "As you know, my family went through hard times in 2019 and 2020. We relied on Love INC for food, gas and diapers for our child.I finally found work and have been working since August! I even found a job in my field in the middle of a global...

One Year Later: How the Church Moved Through Crisis

One Year Later: How the Church Moved Through Crisis

The photo above is a from a Love INC Facebook post with a series of God Sightings from the first month of the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown. It has almost been one year since the shutdown due to COVID-19. One year ago, the words pandemic, unprecedented, mask, and so many...

Diligence: A Love Your Neighbor Value

Diligence: A Love Your Neighbor Value

Diligence. Careful and persistent work or effort. Similar: attentiveness, perseverance, earnestness, tenacity, zeal, dedication, commitment, care. If you’ve taken a tour at Love INC or witnessed the inner workings of campus, you may have recognized this diligence in a...

Love INC’s Love Letters

Love INC’s Love Letters

A Graduate ConnectsDuring the holiday season, we received many calls from neighbors looking for assistance in various ways. But, we also received a lot of calls from neighbors looking to serve in their community. In one day, Love INC was able to be a part of four...

Eye of the Storm Part 2

Eye of the Storm Part 2

One of our routine offerings is called “Life Skills Info Night” where we introduce the program, cast vision for what it can do for our community, and invite potential volunteers to sign up to teach a class or mentor. I remember six years ago, at one of my first ever...

Collaboration: A Love Your Neighbor Value

Collaboration: A Love Your Neighbor Value

At the end of 2020, our leadership team got together and reflected on what values we see being lived out through Love In the Name of Christ. A common value we see lived out is collaboration. Working together, we value every contribution. We thought about the many...

Eye of The Storm: Part 1

Eye of The Storm: Part 1

Part of my job at Love INC is recruiting volunteers. One of our biggest volunteer needs is mentors. This is a fancy word we use to describe someone – anyone- who has a heart for Jesus and a heart for others, who is willing to climb down into the hole someone else is...

Peacemaking: A Way of Life

Peacemaking: A Way of Life

Jer Swigart & Jon Huckins state in their book Mending the Divides “peacemaking isn’t a reaction to conflict; it’s a way of life. That said, conflict is an everyday reality that requires everyday peace… Our discipleship invitation is to be everyday peacemakers who...

From Shame to Gratitude: A Unique Story of Relationship

From Shame to Gratitude: A Unique Story of Relationship

A Story of Transformation “God is working miracles through Love INC each day. It is a community of loving and caring people who truly want to help others and want to see everyone that walks through their doors succeed and reach their goals.” Joe and Ashley Forton came...

Draw Near: A Reflection on Advent

Draw Near: A Reflection on Advent

We continue on into a season of advent. A season of waiting. A season of expectation. A season of Hope. A season of Emmanuel, God with us. We continue to press inward to try to begin to understand the nearness of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The true depth at which He...