A source for the Christian community where individual Christians and church groups can practice loving others
500 S. Western | Oklahoma City, OK 73109-1032 | (405) 239-6219
Mailing address: PO Box 2023, Oklahoma City, OK 73101
"A Compassionate Ministry - not an agency"
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries: Christian love is the distinguishing aspect in Love Link's specialized ministries to help the poor and homeless. When someone is given clothing, or food, or instructed in literacy, Love Link is trying to demonstrate Christ's love. It is for God's glory that we serve others. We trust the Holy Spirit to use each act of kindness to draw people closer to the Father.
Love Link Ministry ("Love Links" as it is often called) is located in a largely Native American (or American Indian) neighborhood in the central part of Oklahoma City.
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Opportunities for service.
- Clothes closet ministry:
- At the beginning, Love Link had one room and bundles of clothes on tables and on the floor. Then we moved into a house with 188 linear feet of hanging space and several rooms for appliances and home products. In December, 1994, we moved into a much larger commercial building which greatly expanded our ability to serve the poor and the homeless. During one recent year we served local individuals and sent 3,000 pounds of clothing to flood victims, earthquake victims and other shelters in need.
- Food pantry:
- We give out about 500 free food baskets each month. The families served with food baskets range from the elderly to those with very small children. Our only sources are donations and purchases through the Oklahoma City Food Bank.
- Counseling services are offered and fees are charged on a sliding scale, according to ability to pay.
- Bible studies:
- We have ongoing Bible studies as well as church services through First Indian Nazarene church.
- Hot meals:
- We started serving a handful of people and are now averaging 100 individuals each meal.
- Job assistance:
- We are resourcing to The Education and Employment Ministry, transporting and getting people involved with this ministry.
- Worship / Evangelism:
- In addition to our weekly gospel services through First Indian Church, we provide camps, seminars, pulpit supply and interim pastoral leadership.
- Hospital inpatient services (H.I.S.):
- We have had the privilege of serving out-of-town families who have had family members in area hospitals. We provide food, bedding, finances, and counseling. We also call as independent chaplains on those in hospitals who do not have pastoral guidance.
- College partnerships:
- Southern Nazarene University and Mid America Christian University have approved Love Link as a Ministry Center, where students may obtain credit in certain classes. [ info on urban studies at SNU ]
- Youth involvement:
- We offer youth groups (local and out-of-town) an opportunity for community projects and ministry. In one recent 12-month period, we utilized nearly 400 youth in more than 5,000 hours of community ministry.
- What is Love-Link Ministries, Inc.?
- Love Link is a non-profit religious/social organization that draws together resources to operate a center to help people in need -- low income, unemployed, the sick, the elderly, the illiterate, and many, others. It is a partner ministry to Oklahoma City's First Indian Church.
- Where is Love-Link located?
- In December of 1994, we moved into the facilities at 500 S. Western.
- Will Love-Link give out money?
- No, we do not give out cash. A food and clothing pantry, stocked with donated goods, is open at the center. Other needs will be met through direct contact with landlords, utility companies and others.
- How is Love-Link Ministries supported?
- Love Link Ministries is supported by donations of money and goods from churches and by tax-deductible contributions from individuals and businesses.
- Haven't others been providing this kind of help?
- Yes. Caring for the poor and marginalized is part of the Christian heritage. We believe that by working together and sharing resources we can be even more effective in helping the needy and homeless.
Love Link is a Compassionate Ministry center of the Church of the Nazarene. One of its more well-known sister centers is Community of Hope in Washington, D.C.
Love Link newsletter
Love Link publishes a monthly newsletter sent free of charge to anyone who requests it. [ see sample issues ]
""Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man" -- Mark 1:41
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Howard Culbertson, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th, Bethany, OK 73008 | Phone: 405-491-6693 - Fax: 491-6658
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