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History: Love INC of Metro Tampa
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History: Love In the Name of Christ (INC) of Metro Tampa Inc.

Background

In 2010, the end of my battle with end-stage renal failure, I was recovering in Tampa General’s ICU after 10-hour surgery to remove diseased organs – kidneys, bladder and prostrate in preparation for my 5/2011 living kidney transplant (daughter Liz!) and relying on dialysis to stay alive. Frightened, alone, my “fox hole” prayer: “Get me ought of this mess and I will dedicate my remaining days to serving You.” Then, doubt set in; “Will He answer my prayer? What will that service look like?”  That was thousands of individuals /families ago.

Humble Beginnings

My growing frustration as a long time St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) volunteer was the catalyst for the start of our Love INC ministry origins in 2012.

SVdP food pantry day meant serving 75+ individuals and families. On most days we were overwhelmed with non-food requests. Doing intake data entry, I interfaced with our guests and, beyond their need for food, we routinely declined help requests for rents, deposits, bus passes, utilities, car repairs, medical bills, baby food, diapers, personal hygiene items, etc. We referred to our Tampa pantry location as a ‘dead zone’ for a lack of social services or a lack of awareness of services in the area.

“Scratching the itch”

I shared my frustration with my wife Ann, that we were only ‘scratching the itch’ of the true needs of the folks we served. Ann reminded me that our sister-in-law, Jenny volunteered at Love INC Heartland (Delano, Minnesota). That summer we toured her Love INC and were transformed. We witnessed mobilized, trained Christians crossing denominational lines, leaving dogma at the door, fully engaged as Christ servants in delivering a mission of love. A spirit of joy, hope and love permeated this ministry focused not on charity/handouts for endless emergency needs. Rather, hand ups, focused on the person, reflecting His love, delivered with accountability and guest participation. This experience became our motivation and inspiration.

“Lives are transformed through relationships, connecting willing Christian servants with neighbors in need. In the process, we are all transformed, needs are met, and joy becomes our shared reality.”

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Seed Planting

Had I found my alternative solution to ‘one and done’ charity; a single dose of help that failed to address and meet a host of other, unmet guest needs? Late in 2012, after exploring Love INC’s website www.loveinc.org, I requested an information kit containing a series of exercises; interviews with churches, agencies and supporters, to gauge our communities’ interest and willingness to build a Tampa Love INC affiliate.

Birthing our baby, Love INC of Metro Tampa

Love INC represents our love story, vision and legacy; personally, and communally, for Tampa. As founding vision carriers, our vision was to replicate in Tampa what we witnessed with Love INC Heartland in 2012. While we endured the darkness; post transplantation challenges with skin cancers, 40 + procedures, reconstructive surgeries, radiation, and repeatedly lost momentum, we persevered, trusting in His amazing provision for light; Love INC of Metro Tampa’s 2017 opening.

There you have it

Fast forward to today; Love INC of Metro Tampa – since 2017, 15 member churches responding differently to MT 22:39 love your neighbor.

history

Seed Planting

Had I found my alternative solution to ‘one and done’ charity; a single dose of help that failed to address and meet a host of other, unmet guest needs? Late in 2012, after exploring Love INC’s website www.loveinc.org, I requested an information kit containing a series of exercises; interviews with churches, agencies and supporters, to gauge our communities’ interest and willingness to build a Tampa Love INC affiliate.

Birthing our baby, Love INC of Metro Tampa

Love INC represents our love story, vision and legacy; personally, and communally, for Tampa. As founding vision carriers, our vision was to replicate in Tampa what we witnessed with Love INC Heartland in 2012. While we endured the darkness; post transplantation challenges with skin cancers, 40 + procedures, reconstructive surgeries, radiation, and repeatedly lost momentum, we persevered, trusting in His amazing provision for light; Love INC of Metro Tampa’s 2017 opening.

There you have it

Fast forward to today; Love INC of Metro Tampa – since 2017, 15 member churches responding differently to MT 22:39 love your neighbor.

Love INC cultivates leadership in serving our guests.