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LOVE918 is a movement of people who are passionate about making a massive impact on Northeastern Oklahoma, our plan is simple, “Love the 918.” LOVE918 was birthed out of First Church in 2011 by people who wanted to make a difference in the community around them. The entire movement is driven by the promise that the hurt will always have hope and the needy will never be forgotten.
Over the past three years, LOVE918 has charged our people to continually be loving our community through organized LOVE918 events and organic, “Do It Yourself” opportunities. First Church has also implemented two “LOVE WEEKS” a year where an entire week is devoted to the LOVE918 Movement.
A vision for an all-purpose truck has been a part of the LOVE918 strategy for the past three years. During that time, the ideas for the truck ranged from an ice cream truck, mobile food pantry, moving truck, handy-man truck and disaster relief truck. The final result boiled down to an all purpose utility vehicle. The LOVE918 Truck can do a little bit of everything, and is designed to be a tool that is used to offer free relief, relationships, & restoration to the communities around Northeastern Oklahoma and share with people the best things in life have already been paid for.
In 2013, because of the generosity of the people of First Church through the offerings and private donations, the dream of the LOVE918 Truck became a reality. After the 2003 Freightliner was purchased, local companies and donors provided a generator, two freezers, new tires, artwork and the vehicle wrap.
The LOVE918 Truck is on a mission to revolutionize the 918. This mission is so big that it cannot be completed without your help. Everyone occupies a space in the 918. Inside your space are people who are desperate for things that likely fit into one of three categories: relief, relationships or restoration.
Meeting a short term need such as passing out water at a local 5k, passing out popsicles at your neighborhood park, trimming trees, helping neighbors move, delivering donated appliances, etc. If you know a way to serve the people in your space, this truck and the resources of LOVE918 and First Church can help you accomplish it.
Connecting with the people in your community. Connecting with neighbors on your block can be a very difficult and awkward task. However, a relationship starts the second you engage a neighbor at an organized Love 918 event or a “Do-It-Yourself” organic event.
People surrendering their lives to Jesus. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations and teach them to obey everything I’ve commanded.” Because of these words, we go. There are people in your space who have never given their lives to Jesus and what if God uses you to make that happen?
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