Christ’s Loving Hands (CLH) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry based in Harrison, Ohio. We serve our neighbors in Harrison and West Harrison and strive to point them towards Christ.
CLH started in 1997 as a chapter of Love, INC. In 2016, we separated from Love, INC. and became an independent organization under the name Christ’s Loving Hands. While the name has changed, our heart hasn’t, and being an independent organization allows for greater freedom in day to day operation and allows us to make sure more of what we get goes right back into the community.
Our mission is to serve our neighbors, share Christ’s love in what we give, and to show Christ’s love in how we give it.
Serving our neighbors is how we minister, but it isn’t why we exist. That may sound strange, but if our ministry is only meeting temporary material needs, we are failing as a ministry. All the needs we experience on Earth are temporary, except the need for Christ.
This isn’t to underplay the importance of serving those in need, but to emphasize the need of Christ in our lives.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13
Material need exists because we live in a broken world full of sinful people. The Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.
The Good News is that we can be redeemed through Christ. Jesus defeated Sin and Death on the cross and offers us eternal life through him.
“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:14.
Our vision is to reach our community’s full potential to fight hardship by connecting the community’s whole body of believers in our mission.
While everyone might not have a material need, everyone has spiritual need. Part of the vision for this ministry is to make the ways Christ is working in our community more visible to everyone. In many cases, unless you’re in need or actively volunteering, you’ll never see all the different ways God is moving in Harrison. We want to change that.
The Church isn’t a building, but the whole body of believers. “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5.
We believe our function is to serve those in need and we want to connect people with the gift of serving and generosity to those in our community in need.
Mark was born and raised in Harrison, Ohio. He moved back to Harrison in 2018 after living in Athens while attending Ohio University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Communications. He then spent the year of 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He scrapped his plans to move to Los Angeles after feeling that the Lord was calling him to move back to Harrison.
Upon moving back to Harrison in January of 2018, Mark quickly got involved with many ministries, including Christ’s Loving Hands. When the former Executive Director decided to retire from the ministry, both she and Mark felt that God was calling him to fulfill His plan and replace her in this position. Mark feels that this is part of the reason God called him to move back to Harrison.
Mark joined Christ’s Loving Hands as Executive Director on June 17th, 2019 and is looking forward to helping continue the good work of Christ’s Loving Hands and helping the ministry to grow while following God’s leading.
M.J. is a member of NewSong Church in Harrison, OH. She is a lifelong resident of the Harrison area. She is the mother of two grown children and a grandma to two adorable little girls.
M.J. worked as a customer service representative and project coordinator at Trinity Industries for 11 years. As part of a church plant in Hamilton, Ohio, M.J. was involved in children’s ministry and youth outreach programs. She was also a volunteer at New Life Mission.
M.J. joined the ministry in 2001 and volunteered full-time for three years before joining the staff as Clearinghouse Coordinator. She feels that God has placed her in this position to help those in need in our community.