The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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“I was losing hope and now people are helping and encouraging me to help my family. God is there.” ~ Manuel

After six years in Texas caring for ailing parents, Manuel and his family moved back to Mundelein. He had three goals: to find a good job, to get enough money for an apartment, and to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of his family. With only one car, Manuel and his wife, Angie, had to coordinate their work schedules. He quickly found two jobs but was only making minimum wage—not enough to support his wife and their four children.

Shortly after arriving back in the area, Manuel and his family started attending church at The Chapel in Grayslake. They were immediately surrounded by love and support. Friends from The Chapel connected Manuel to Love INC. By working with Love INC, Manuel discovered important resources, such as a Link card and Medicaid, which helped care for his family through these tough times.

Christmas was difficult with no way to buy gifts for the children. When Love INC discovered this, they were able to provide gifts for the children. A few weeks before Manuel contacted Love INC a donor had generously given toys for children in need. Manuel felt truly blessed and brought his family to say thanks to Love INC. He wanted the kids to know that God provided these gifts through his people.

Manuel and his family even faced homelessness when they could no longer stay at a friend’s house. Yet again God provided as an anonymous donor from The Chapel paid for a week stay at a motel. “I can’t believe that people would encourage me to pray and then help me,” said Manuel. The Chapel and Love INC assured him that he was not walking alone.

With prayer and hard work, the doors finally opened. Jewel hired Manuel for a part-time union job as a butcher. When they heard that Angie also was looking for employment, they hired her as well. After a long time in a motel, they finally secured the finances needed to move into their own place where Love INC provided them with needed furniture.

Manuel was so thankful that his family could sit down together and “now can eat at a table.” Each evening a different family member gives thanks to God for their many blessings. “We are rich now Daddy,” said one of the children. Having experienced homelessness, the family is well aware of the value of hard work and the transforming grace of God as their church continues to walk beside them and they seek to help others in need.

“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing.” Proverbs 28: 27

Submitted by Sue Schuerr

Communications and Office Coordinator Position at Love INC

Love INC of Lake County Southwest is looking for an energetic and organized part-time Communications and Office Coordinator. This is a great opportunity to work with some amazing volunteers and churches while helping communicate about Love INC and stories of transformation.

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This position will play a critical role in helping Love INC mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. We are looking for a positive team player with a growing Christian faith.

Main responsibilities include:
• Improve communication to churches, volunteers, and donors
• Implement and refine our social media strategy
• Recruit & motivate volunteers to serve in significant ways
• Organize and accomplish day to day office activities

Desired Abilities and Skills:
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Great organizing ability
• Efficient use of CRM/fundraising software and MS Office
• Clearly articulate the Love INC mission in different settings

Compensation:
• Pay is based on experience
• 15-20 hours per week
• Flexible hours Monday – Thursday at our Wauconda, IL office

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to: info@loveincsouthwest.org

Cover letters should show how you’d help Love INC fulfill its mission, how you have successfully motivated people in the past, and show how you are a unique fit.

Love INC Southwest Welcomes New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Love INC Lake County Southwest is pleased to welcome Mike Busch as its new Executive Director. As we enter our sixth year in operation, Mike brings a rich set of skills and energy to lead the organization. His background in teaching and training volunteers and churches in biblical mercy ministry are aligned with Love INC’s values–helping local churches help those in need with a hand-up, not a hand-out.

Besides earning graduate degrees from Moody Graduate School and The Master’s Seminary, Mike has experience with church poverty alleviation ministry in urban, rural and international settings. Mike PicHis previous leadership roles involved training and coaching churches in biblical mercy ministry at the regional and national level. He has provided corporations and ministry partners opportunities to effectively place their resources to work in communities. His experience in navigating and mobilizing community resources will be a great asset to Love INC.

“The Lord is doing great things through Love INC and I am truly grateful to be part of the ministry team. I look forward to serving by helping local churches be salt and light in their communities.”

Please join us in welcoming Mike.

Love INC Lake County Southwest Board of Directors

36 Kids, 12 Families, 14 Churches . . . 1 Merry Christmas

A special thank you to everyone that helped organize, serve and give towards The Gift of Giving this year at Federated Church in Wauconda. Thanks to you, these families are not only enjoying a wonderful Christmas right now, they were also able to give to others!

 

 

Mobilizing Local Churches to Transform Lives in Christ