Love INC gives people in need a hand-up, not a handout. If you’re at all familiar with the ministry of Love INC, you know those words, or at least the concept. Love in the Name of Christ mobilizes local churches to transform lives and communities. We help in ways that empower people to change their lives rather than ways which enable them to stay in the same place.
But on Saturday September 20, 2014, at the 3rd Annual Love INC Southwest Breakfast Fundraiser, Pastor Zina Jacque, during the Opening Prayer, which she delivered for the second year in a row, gave the “hand-up” a new meaning.
“Love in the Name of Christ gives people a hand-up when they need it most,” she told the crowd of nearly 150 people. “But I wonder, has there been a time in your life, when God provided someone to offer you a hand-up when you needed it?” She then directed the crowd to take the cut-out hands on their table, which represented the hand-up concept, and write the name of someone who had offered them help when they needed it sometime during their lives. And if they felt led, to write a prayer of thanksgiving for that person.
Then after Keynote Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market gave an inspiring talk about Whole Foods’ efforts to open stores in impoverished areas, as a way of empowering people and communities, Pastor Zina revisited the hands during the Challenge portion of the event.
“Now, I want you to take the hand you wrote on and hold it up high. Then take it over to the Love INC board and stick it on. We want to see that Board covered with the hands of hope that God has provided for you!” And so they did.