Why is ministry so important?
It is no accident that thousands of individuals have begun or renewed their faith journey here at Mel Trotter Ministries. Ministry is at the core of who we are and what we do but we do not do it alone. Our faithful supporters play a vital role in sharing the love and compassion of Christ with men, women, and children experiencing homelessness.
At Mel Trotter Ministries, we see each person as a unique individual — made in the image of God with plans to prosper and live a productive life beyond the confines of homelessness. Many argue that ending homelessness is impossible. We believe anything is possible through the power of Christ. Every day we pray for this important work, for our guests, and for those experiencing homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area.
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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,” "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
"I know he has a plan for me...I just have to be open to what that plan is."
Life choices and different circumstances brought Rusty to Mel Trotter Ministries. He was lost and suffering from depression. Through prayer and reflection, he decided to give his life to God.
Listen to Rusty's story of finding God's plan through homelessness.
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1 NIV)
It's important that we remind our guests that their past doesn't define them. We have all made mistakes but they found their way here, to work through towards a new future following God. Christ gives us hope that if we follow him and his Word that we will have salvation.
“I had a drug problem and as a result of my drug problem, I lost everything,” Misty explains. She desperately wanted to learn how to overcome her issues and be a better mom. That’s when she found out about Mel Trotter’s Step-Up Recovery program.
The program sparked a transformation in Misty’s heart and life. She embraced the redeeming power of Jesus Christ in her heart. Because of your support, Misty grew closer to God, learned the tools to overcome her addictions, got a job and even has her own place now.
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 NIV)
Recently one of our guests set an appointment with our Ministry team, and tearfully recommitted her life to the Lord. She prayed a prayer of repentance, and told Jesus that she loved him, and wanted her life to “be different from now on.” The brokenness seemed to melt off from her as the tears flowed.
In 2019, 207 individuals chose to follow Christ as their Lord and Savior. Doing so means that they will be able to live a life that is worthy of Christ's love - that they can act justly and mercifully and walk humbly before God because they are born again into a new life of Christ.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34 NIV)
At Mel Trotter, we believe everyone is created in the image of God. We treat each person the same. As board member Janis Petrini so eloquently reminded us earlier this year - we must all love one another.
“And the greatest of these is love.” Serve others. Help bear each other’s burdens. We are in the "loving people" business. 1 in 7 people don’t have a friend. Make sure you are a friend to others.
"Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” (Acts 10: 34-35 NIV)
Our Ministry team was recently speaking with a guest, asking her if she had ever been saved, to which she replied, “Yes, when I was a little girl, and again a few months ago when I said the words with my sister.” They talked about reciting words, like the Pledge of Allegiance, and whether the words were coming from her heart, crying out to God. She said she hadn’t really prayed the words she spoke at the time. Our chaplain asked her if she could begin a prayer with her, and if she was ready to turn her life over to God, and she said “Yes, I want more than this life, I can’t do this on my own anymore.” As our chaplain prayed, the guest cried. She then shared the words that flowed from her heart to the Lord and were some of the most precious words our chaplain had ever heard. Simply, “Jesus, help me. I’ve done things wrong. Help my heart and my brain. I want to walk with You every day, every hour, every second. I want You in my life. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for saving me.” And the tears continued to flow from two women who had just spent a sacred moment in time in the presence of our Savior.