Michael W. Smith concert to raise money for Juneau's Love Inc.

    Marilyn Loney on Capital Chat

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Love Inc. will host a concert featuring Michael W. Smith on July 4th at 6:00 pm at Centennial Hall.

    Marilyn Loney is the Program Coordinator and Transformation Ministry from Love Inc.

    Loney talked on Capital Chat about Love Inc's mission.

    "First of all, Love Inc. stands for Love in the name of Christ. National organization, there are 115 affiliates, in 29 states, representing over 1,500 volunteers. And basically, we operate as a clearing house. We work with Christian churches and so we approach them or they come to us and basically, we help churches follow their mission. You know, almost each church has a special view vision, an area of ministry that they're focusing on, and we help them take that vision into the community and help them to get connected. We gather resources that most of our local churches have, and connect people to those resources. We help people move into their first apartment. So we gather small couches, tables, chairs. Dressers are always in high demand. So helping people get their first set of kitchenware, plates and dishes, and cups. A lot of people moving into their very first apartment, you know they need a bed, they need linens, personal care items. We also have a transformational, transitional backpack ministry that helps people re-entering the community from the correctional facility."

    Currently, there are 24 churches partnered with Love Inc.

    Loney also talked about their new transformation ministry program.

    It's a mentoring program called T Partners.

    The T stands for transformation through encouragement and accountability.

    "We want to help people move beyond their current area of need. And in order to do that, we wanted to come alongside people and encourage them and say, we believe you know what you need, what your next baby step is. And sometimes that can be really scary to do when you look at that, and your life is constantly in crisis. And maybe you've developed this view of yourself and your life that I'm a failure. Everything I do, nothing works out. We're here to say, you can do this. We're here to encourage you. What's that next baby step? Okay. I'm going to call you next week. And the next time that we chat, we're going to see how you did and work baby step by baby step. And as people start doing one step at a time, that just starts to snowball and change the way that they think even about themselves."

    Love Inc. has been helping the community of Juneau since 2004.

    Contemporary Christian musician Michael W. Smith approached Love Inc and was looking for a way to do a benefit concert in Alaska.

    He has won 3 Grammys, 45 Dove awards, and an American Music award, along with selling more than 18 million albums.

    His concert on the 4th is a benefit concert for the people of Juneau.

    Concert tickets are $20 and all money will go back to Love Inc. to support their mission in Juneau.

    Tickets are available online through the JAHC and Hearthside Books.

    A limited amount of comp tickets are available through Love Inc.

    For a comp ticket, call Love Inc. at 907-780-4090 or email them at loveinc@alaska.net.

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