May 2022 Pulse

Whatcom Love INC Pulse 

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May, 2022


When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, 

and threw himself into the sea. – John 21:7


What a joy it is, and a privilege, to share in this ministry of reconciliation – when we ourselves were the ones who needed to be reconciled to God first and foremost! May the Lord enrich your celebrations of his death and resurrection this Eastertide as we serve him together, even as we worship him in our different traditions and communities.

New Initiative: The Ride Help Network

Many people think that what we do with the Jesus Taxi is give rides to neighbors in need. What we actually do is connect local believers to local mission! But giving rides to neighbors in need is a worthy cause as well — and a great opportunity to make Jesus connections! — so it’s something we’re working on picking up in our offerings. We had our first advisory team meeting on May 2nd to try to determine if we could run the program, and how we would get it started. We’re still looking for folks who might like to drive, folks who might like to advise, and folks who might like to advocate with their congregations to drum up support for the program and new volunteers. 


Can you help? Let us know by sending an email to nathaniel@whatcomloveinc.org


Jesus At Work

In April, the Jesus Taxi was able to deploy about 29 volunteers representing 4 different churches to pray in the living rooms of 10 different neighbors in need across our community. Thant’s more than 300 Jesus-focused volunteer hours mobilized in our community this month!

This is your ministry! Your support through your prayers, donations, and volunteer hours makes it all possible. To learn more about how you can get involved, check out our website (whatcomloveinc.org) or reach out to Nathaniel (nathaniel@whatcomlinc.org)

Every Blessing in the Mighty Name of Jesus! 

Nathaniel+

Executive Director

Whatcom Love INC


April 2022 Pulse

Whatcom Love INC Pulse 

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April, 2022


All these things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us 

the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Cor 5:18  


What a joy it is, and a privilege, to share in this ministry of reconciliation – when we ourselves were the ones who needed to be reconciled to God first and foremost! May the Lord enrich your celebrations of his death and resurrection this Eastertide as we serve him together, even as we worship him in our different traditions and communities.

Jesus is on the Move through Whatcom Love INC!

In March, the Jesus Taxi was able to deploy more than 53 volunteers representing 6 different churches to pray in the living rooms of 38 different neighbors in need across our community. That’s more than 300 volunteer hours mobilized in our community in just one month! Moreover, in two cases we know of, relationships forged by the Jesus Taxi have made it possible for our neighbors to find a ride and get connected to a new church community. Thanks be to God! Get involved today by visiting whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi


Pardon our dust …

Besides the rapid and everywhere expansion of the Jesus Taxi, Whatcom Love INC is getting a new look! We’re in the middle of updating our website, branding, and mailing list systems. Let us know if you’re having problems accessing information from us … or if there is anything we can do better! We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve God and his Church in our community in the work that we do every day, and we want to learn and grow in doing that ministry better.

This is your ministry! Your support through your prayers, donations, and volunteer hours makes it all possible. To learn more about how you can get involved, check out our website (whatcomloveinc.org) or reach out to Nathaniel (nathaniel@whatcomlinc.org)

Every Blessing in the Mighty Name of Jesus! 

Nathaniel+

Executive Director

Whatcom Love INC

Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

– Heb 13:20-21


March 2022 Pulse

Whatcom Love INC Pulse 

March, 2022


The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor … Isaiah 61:1 

At the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus famously adopted this verse from the Prophet Isaiah as his personal mission statement, and thence infused it into the DNA of his Church. It’s a joy for us at Love INC to live into that mission, going out in the power of the Spirit to bring good news for our neighbors, and to BE good news for them! 


Jesus Taxi: Field Report 

Over just the month of February, we were able to mobilize [over 40] volunteers across 4 churches to serve [more than 30] neighbors in need. Together, that’s more than 120 volunteer hours, dozens of imaginations catalyzed for local missions, and hundreds of new Jesus connections in our community! Learn more and get involved at whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi.


Jesus Shows Up!

We are consistently amazed at how Jesus shows up in our feeble efforts to serve him together … and when he does, he shapes all of us, together! Here’s a reflection from a YWAM staffer on the formative impact of the Jesus Taxi program on the students that volunteer: 


Thanks for doing what you do!  I’m so so glad we are partnering with you! You are discipling the students so well in how to reach out to vulnerable people, how to set boundaries, how to be brave, how to be careful with our hearts and not take on burdens that we need to give to the Lord, how to be respectful and responsible during outreach. How to be humble and teachable as a leader… Man! There is just so much! So glad you said yes to Jesus to do this. I know your modeling and guidance will deeply mark our students’ future ministry. We are so grateful for you and the way you carry your piece so well!


This is your ministry! Your support through your prayers, donations, and volunteer hours makes it all possible. To learn more about how you can get involved, check out our website (whatcomloveinc.org) or reach out to Nathaniel (nathaniel@whatcomlinc.org)

Every Blessing in the Mighty Name of Jesus! 

Nathaniel+

Executive Director

Whatcom Love INC


Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news! Rom 10:11

February 2022 Pulse

Whatcom Love INC Pulse 

February, 2022

[The people] were astonished at [Jesus’s] teaching, because his word possessed authority. Luke 4:32

We are continually astonished at the work of Jesus in and through our small efforts at Love INC. As one volunteer recently reflected, it’s like the Jesus Taxi is harnessing the power of the mission trip in small doses to bring the transforming love of Jesus both to those who serve, and to those who are served! 

But there’s more!

Matching Campaign: God Provides! 

Over 30 donors participated to raise $14,220, plus the $12,000 matching gift, for a total of $26,220. We are FILLED with gratitude for our generous community who supports our mission to help the local Church serve its neighbors.  Thank you to all who prayed and participated. You made a difference!


Jesus Taxi Mission Teams

We will soon be commissioning our first congregation-based Jesus Taxi Mission Teams into the local mission field. These teams represent a joint effort between partner churches and Jesus Taxi Dispatch.  Through a structured, short-term, small group commitment, these teams will heighten the impact of the Jesus Taxi experience on volunteers and congregations. If your church is interested in getting involved, contact Oskar at oskar@whatcomloveinc.org. And of course, you can still volunteer as an individual by filling out the form at whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi.

This is your ministry! Your support through your prayers, donations, and volunteer hours makes it all possible. To learn more about how you can get involved, check out our website (whatcomloveinc.org) or reach out to Nathaniel (nathaniel@whatcomlinc.org)

Every Blessing in the Mighty Name of Jesus! 

Nathaniel+

Executive Director

Whatcom Love INC


You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  1 Cor 12:27

January 2022 Pulse

Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

 

These are trying times, but the start of a new year is an opportunity to fix our eyes on Jesus and let him restore our hope. As we begin 2022 at Whatcom Love INC, we are grateful to God and our partners all across the Church in Whatcom County! The name of Jesus is going forth as we work together to connect neighbors across our community in his name.

We are celebrating that over 2021, God used our little operation to pray with more than 1,200 neighbors over the phone, and mobilize more than 150 volunteers to minister the presence of Jesus in our community. Follow us on Facebook to see pictures of our work in action! Over 2022, we are hoping to expand the work of the Jesus Taxi, growing together with our neighbors, volunteers, and church partners. If you want to volunteer through the Jesus Taxi, check it out at whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi, or see some of the other ways you can support the ministry at whatcomloveinc.org/help-us.

We have a matching opportunity going on now, so if you give before Jan 24, your gift is doubled!You can also shop at Mystery Thrift in Ferndale, which is donating 10% of January proceeds to Love INC!

This is your ministry! Your support through your prayers, donations, and volunteer hours makes it all possible. To learn more about how you can get involved, check out our website (whatcomloveinc.org) or reach out to Nathaniel (nathaniel@whatcomlinc.org)

Every Blessing in the Mighty Name of Jesus! 

Nathaniel+

Executive Director

Whatcom Love INC

 


To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Cor 12:7

November 2021 Pulse

November 1, 2021 – Whatcom Love INC Pulse

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Thankful – We are thankful to God for our Jesus Taxi volunteers. We’ve been running about sixteen volunteers in four vehicles weekly. We’ve started scheduling January! Please join us. It’s valuable, prayerful service of immediate impact. You can sign up at http://whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi 

Neighbor Needs Notice – Have you seen our NNN?  whatcomloveinc.org/nnn

Fundraiser – November 12 is our fundraiser: 7:00pm at Bellingham Covenant Church. We invite you to enjoy some delicious dessert while we share some of what God has done this year. We plan to have some volunteers and pastors each take a few minutes to share their Love INC story, and we will release our new video.

Help with Phone Calls – In addition to organizing the Jesus Taxi and providing a monthly lunch for mercy workers, our two staff receive calls from 80 to 120 neighbors in need each month. If God is calling you to volunteer with us, we could use some help with the phones! (email oskar@whatcomloveinc.org if interested)

Praise God! – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:3-4).


The Rev. Nathaniel Kidd, PhD

Director

 


Oskar Norlander

Relationship Coordinator 

October 2021

October 1, 2021 – Whatcom Love INC Pulse

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13).

 

God Provides The Jesus Taxi has 10 new volunteers, and two more have signed up for orientation next week. We’re thankful. This next month, we expect to go out and visit almost forty neighbors-in-need. Please join us. It’s fun, prayerful fellowship and service. You can sign up at http://whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi 

Neighbor Needs Notice – Have you seen our NNN (Neighbor Needs Notice)? whatcomloveinc.org/nnn

 

Help with Phone Calls – In addition to organizing the Jesus Taxi and providing a monthly lunch for mercy workers, our two staff receive calls from 80 to 120 neighbors in need each month. If God is calling you to volunteer with us, we could use some help with the phones! (email oskar@whatcomloveinc.org if interested)


Save the Date – November 12 – Our annual fundraiser will be a dessert at Bellingham Covenant Church (7pm). We look forward to sharing our story. God has been at work with Love INC. whatcomloveinc.org/fundraiser

Jesus Loves Us – He loves us!

 


The Rev. Nathaniel Kidd, PhD

Director

 


Oskar Norlander

Relationship Coordinator 

 

 

September 2021 Pulse

September 1, 2021 – Love INC Pulse

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

God Provides The Jesus Taxi is a mobile blessing unit. And it’s fun! You can sign up to join us at http://whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi This month, we begin running weekly. We will visit widows who need a screen door adjusted, memory care patients who need some fellowship, and disabled people who need help cleaning their refrigerator. Whether your role is carrying a mattress for the child of a battered woman in new housing, or whether it’s praying and fellowshiping in the kitchen of an isolated senior, we would love to have you ride with us.

Table Captains for Our Fall Fundraiser Ready to be a table captain for our November 12 Fundraiser? Table captains simply invite 6-8 people to fill a table as we share what God has done with Love INC this year. Also, table captains (+1) are invited to our kick-off event on September 22nd at Appel Farms Cheese. This delicious 70 minute evening will feature a taste of local Whatcom charcuterie as we thank table captains and give them the information they need to bring/invite people to our fundraiser. Want to help or have questions? Email oskar@whatcomloveinc.org or call 360-671-6201.


The Rev. Nathaniel Kidd, PhD

Director



Oskar Norlander

Relationship Coordinator 

August 2021 Pulse

August 1, 2021 – Love INC Pulse

 

““Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

 

Cheerful This month we would like to say thank you to the wonderful volunteers of My Church who helped us move to our new office location, helped to clean up before we did so, and at the same time provided volunteers for our call center. Thank you sisters and brothers! Also, we want to say thank you to the students at Northlake Community Church as they have added great new doses of God’s love to the Jesus Taxi. Thank you! Also, we surely must say thank you to YWAM North Cascades staff and students who have been providing such a vibrant faith-filled backbone to the Jesus Taxi. These volunteers support Jesus Taxi volunteers while working joyfully with vulnerable populations. We are truly thankful this month for all of you who love and support the work God is doing with Love INC.

Jesus Taxi The Jesus Taxi is a mobile blessing unit. And it’s fun! You can sign up to join us, and for an orientation, at http://whatcomloveinc.org/jesustaxi

Save the DateOur fall fundraiser will be Friday evening, November 12.

 


The Rev. Nathaniel Kidd, PhD

Director

nathaniel@whatcomlovenc.org

 


Oskar Norlander

Relationship Coordinator 

oskar@whatcomloveinc.org