Northland LifeHope

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A Story Of Giving Hope, Connecting Communities, Changing Lives.
Job loss. Foreclosure. Vehicle repossession. Disabilities. Medical issues. Depression. Broken relationships. Life tragedies. Many of you can identify with one, if not more, of these. LifeHope at Northland exists to provide relief to people in our church and central Florida community who find themselves in challenging situations such as these. People call, walk in or e-mail LifeHope about their needs and to find out what help may be available to them financially to help with such things as mortgage, rent, utilities, car repairs, reliable transportation, gas and other staples, such as food.

Facing the Challenges
Together the staff and volunteers in place to respond to those of you facing rough times have incredible hearts of compassion and benevolent spirits, and have gone through pretty tough times at one point or another also. Many in our Northland congregation continue to tithe, which enables us to help others facing financial challenges. We thank you so much for this, as do the recipients of your generosity!

With great and extensive needs comes the need for wisdom, discernment and much prayer. Our motto in LifeHope has become a quote from C.S. Lewis: “The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift.” At first blush, my thought about this was that it is next to impossible to accomplish this goal in one, two or three sittings, which seems to be about the number of times we initially interact with those seeking assistance.

After many interactions over time, we noticed some commonalities among those who struggle the most: isolation, lack of community, limited family, broken relationships, life tragedies, limited education and limited life skills. We began to talk about how the financial issues many are facing are simply the tip of the iceberg with all of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues under the surface and much more extensive. Simply addressing financial needs wasn’t meeting the goal of putting people in need where they no longer need our gift.

Therefore, the way we serve those who come to us is by connecting them to a place of worship and to opportunities to be equipped and serve others. Through these, people are getting connected, building relationships, developing a sense of belonging and feeling a sense of purpose as they serve others. Oftentimes, the resources they need in their lives come out of the community that they develop along the way.

People Whom LifeHope Has Served
A gentleman who is a coach and attended here years ago approached us in desperation with his need. At the time, his family was living in separate places until he could sort out their situation. We communicated that our goal was not to just assist his financial need, but to reconnect him to worship. One of his two daughters has special needs. Each week when he brings his daughters to church, he is able to worship freely, and he and his family are served in various ways through our special needs ministry. They also attend classes and are rebuilding and reconnecting. He wonders why he left in the first place.

Another woman who comes from a non-Protestant background has always been in a position where she has been able to serve many. She recently found herself in a place where she needed to be served. She began caring for her grandchildren while her daughter serves in Iraq. Caring for her grandchildren contributed to the depleting of her resources. Because she is in a relationship with a church member, that church member guided her to come here. Her grandchildren, who are from a different religious tradition, thought they would be rejected here. They “tested” Northland in their own way and, to their surprise, discovered people who loved and listened to them, served them, accepted them and cared for them. They now beg their grandma to bring them here when she has them.

Some of our guests have connected with Crown Financial Ministries, Financial Peace University or one-on-one financial counseling to help them become better stewards and stretch what they do receive. Others have connected with the Peacemaker course to help them deal with and resolve conflict.  Still others are served through Grief Share, His Way, the marriage ministry and so many more. There are so many ways those who lead courses, Bible studies and ministries are serving the guests we send their way. Lives are being changed!

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