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Review for Love In the Name of Christ of Brevard, Melbourne, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

While we are fortunate to live in a nation that encourages tolerance, compassion and generosity, the connectedness and sacrifice that comes from loving one’s neighbor as one’s self are often neglected as essential ingredients of a healthy community. Simply throwing material goods at those who are in a desperate situation is a band-aide fix, necessary at times but often lacking as a long term solution for so many families. That is where community transformation comes in. To me it is an exciting concept and one that I want to have a role in helping to bring about.

What does transformation look like? I believe it goes beyond simply trying to be ‘kinder and gentler’ to those around me. For me it entails ‘loving my neighbor as myself’, a challenge that requires a supernatural grace that I was not born with. Love INC of Brevard is an organization that allows me and hundreds, even thousands, of others in our county to engage our neighbors on such a practical and potentially vulnerable level. The transformation that I am praying for will take place in the hearts of those who are served and those who are blessed to be able to serve.

During my college years in the mid-60’s, as the racial and anti-war protests were on the rise, the lyrics to a Hal David song captured my heart: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some but for everyone”. The problem comes with the diverse definitions of love in the English language. As the fictional Maleficent learned after coming to regret the terrible curse she placed on a child, true love does exist and it goes way beyond romance, family ties, or friendship. It has the power to overcome hate, revenge, anger and betrayal. I support Love INC of Brevard because of its focused vision on county-wide transformation - making my concept of "true love" a tangible characteristic of the community in which I live.

Note: in regard to the impact I think this organization has, I would like to add: The current level of impact is a fraction of what it can be. As more churches partner with us, pool their gifts and resources, and manifest the Unity of the Body of Christ, our community will come to recognize the magnitude of God’s love for them as well. This is a promise of Jesus himself in the last several verses of John 17. So while Love INC of Brevard is serving “here and now” needs of our neighbors in Brevard County, it clearly has the potential to impact them for eternity.

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Love INC of Brevard is experiencing the typical challenges of a growing organization comprised mainly of volunteers. The most pressing needs right now are financial support to adequately fund key staff positions, a comprehensive information system that effectively tracks the availability and utilization of resources to meet needs, and even more humble hearts willing to be used to further its mission.

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Role:  Board Member