Each opportunity we have to connect with another human being Is a divine appointment, to make a difference in a person’s life.
This month we honor Volunteer Jean Kendall, and what she brings to the everyday encounters that occur as she serves as Love INC’s Village Thrift cashier. As Christians, our lives are much more than the things we do, but in the lives we touch, as we journey as God’s children believing in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
That smile that is exchanged with a stranger or the kindness that we can extend to another is something we should never underestimate, because for the receiver we may be breathing life into someone who is facing the painful battles of life’s struggles.
Everyday encounters are opportunities to extend the love of Jesus Christ to this generation. We may not know if we will plant seeds or whether the connection will be ripe for the harvest. But love never comes back void, because it’s our greatest command. When we take good intentions and apply the call to love in our lives, we make what we do a living testimony, where all things are possible.
Thank you, to the amazing group of Love INC volunteers who make this ministry possible in sharing God’s love to this generation for Christ.
You Will Know Her by Her Living Testimony
Jean Kendall Named Volunteer of the Month
There’s a famous saying, “Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words” (Anonymous). While it is very important to share our faith with words, it’s in how we live our lives that’s a powerful witness.
One of the things that led the staff to nominate and award Jean with Volunteer of the Month is how she extends love, kindness, gentleness, and warmth toward our clients and customers who frequent Village Thrift, making her extremely special to this ministry.
Her presence lights up the room with her smile and her humble character is one that never seeks to draw attention to herself, rather points the way to Christ. You may wonder, ‘What is it that makes her so special?’ If you were to ask Jean, it would open up the conversation about Her Savior Jesus Christ, and the love He showed us as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:16).
Jean’s life story also tells of her devotion to Christ. Jean and her late husband, an ordained pastor and their two children served as Christian missionaries overseas in Bangkok, Thailand and Seoul, South Korea for 12 years. After the Kendall family returned to U.S., her husband continued to pastor a church in Colorado Springs while Jean served as a registered nurse.
The trajectory of Jean’s life changed significantly three years ago, after her husband passed away. One day Jean stopped by Village Thrift to donate her late husband’s suits and heard about how Love INC partners with the church to help people out of poverty through relational ministry. Soon after, Jean joined Love INC volunteering weekly as store cashier welcoming customers and ringing up sales merchandise.
Jean recalled when God confirmed her call to serve with Love INC. She found out that the customer who had purchased her late husband’s donated suits was also a pastor. It was like the baton had been passed to the one who would next wear the suits to share the gospel, and Love INC sold him those suits.
We extend our best wishes and warm congratulations to Jean Kendall, Love INC of Brevard’s October 2019 Volunteer of the Month.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2
Annual Pastor Appreciation Event
Our Annual Pastor Appreciation Event is Friday November 1st. All Brevard County pastors are invited so make sure your pastor has heard about it! There are extra invitations in the Love INC office if you would like to hand them a copy, or they can follow the link below to RSVP by October 25th!
Gifts From The Heart Christmas Shop
This Christmas we are again working with eight other nonprofits to provide a rewarding, affordable, dignity-affirming shopping experience for families who need extra help this holiday season. Parents are able to purchase gifts for their children at affordable prices, so they receive a hand up – not a hand out. There will be a link on our social media if you would like to specifically volunteer in the Gifts From The Heart shop, or click on the link below if you would like to donate toys!