Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Love, INC Love Op

On May 4, The Axsom/Patterson Small group partnered with Love INC to help accomplish a Love Op. What is a Love Op you might ask? In short, A Love Op is Love INCs way of assisting its clients by connecting them with local churches to meet whatever physical need is most urgent. In this particular case, Love INC was assisting a woman in our community whose house had been invaded by black mold. It was beyond the point that she could fix herself. After contacting Love INC and partaking in the action plan they had developed for her, assistance was offered and the problem was resolved. 

Five members of CPC and several other members from other area churches suited up and spent a few hours lending a helping hand by removing the mold infested waste from the living space. Materials, training, and lunch were all provided by Love INC. All the volunteers had to do was show up! 

"It was so beautiful seeing the 'local body' unite to accomplish a missional task together," said Jonathan Culley of the event. "We held hands in a circle and prayed before we got to work.  I felt that this event brought both physical and spiritual needs together nicely.  Although I didn't personally meet the resident, I felt a personal connection with her just by being there helping."

The great thing about the Love INC Love Op is that it is meant for YOU. It is tailored for anyone to have a meaningful and impacting experience with minimal preparation, planning, and/or skills. You simply need to show up. As Don Patterson put it, "After suiting up, there was equipment to be moved, drywall and insulation to tear out and transport to the trailer, decisions to be made, nails to be removed, and clean up to be done." There is literally something for everyone. 


If you want to join the ranks of this small group, our Diaconate-led Iron Man Teams, and droves of other CPC members who have been part of a Love Op, I would love to help you make that happen. I can't sum it up better than Don did when he said, "I enjoyed helping meet this very real need, and worshiping with other believers in the process. I overheard one of the residents saying that he wanted to help out at other Love INC operations. And I do too."

If you are even lightly interested in partaking in a Love INC Love Op please contact me at rkent@covenantpalmbay.org. Love Ops happen seven days a week and can meet whatever skill set, challenges, or preferences you might have. 


Let's get out there and make a difference in our community!

For more information about Love INC please visit our church's website at www.covenantpalmbay.org/Loveinc