My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Love In the Name of Christ of Brevard, Melbourne, FL, USA
I have been a donor and volunteer with Love INC of Brevard for more than twelve years. The concept of Love INC, the church effectively and compassionately mobilized to serve those who are hurting and needy, resonated with me from the moment I first heard about it. During my years of service with Love INC, I have relished the ‘warm, fuzzy’ feelings that come from knowing that my time/money was used to help local families. More importantly, I came to realize that my own heart and attitude was ‘in need’ of an overhaul. By taking advantage of the ongoing training that Love INC provides as part of its mobilization initiatives, I learned that it takes more than time and money to make a transformational impact in our communities. It takes genuine humility and brokenness on the giving side of the equation. It takes a sincere heart connection between giver and recipient. I learned how important it is to provide not only tangible goods, but encouragement, grace and dignity to serve well those who experience both the poverty and the shame that can come with material need. The practicality of such training has given me significant new insights into the challenges of loving and serving our neighbors. Just recently, I was able to assist a family friend living in another state who had been through some rough times, mostly because of her own bad choices. I believe that I was able come alongside her in a way that was not judgmental nor enabling but, I pray, transformational and full of hope.