stories of compassion
Board Spotlight: Tony's Story
"Mel Trotter changes lives. I’m a witness to that.”
Your compassionate giving started Tony on a journey of success from guest to board member!
"Everything I’ve gone through, all the hardships and failures, God has been there to rescue and rebuild me. He’s never given up on me and I have to believe he has a plan for me."
When Tecca fell and broke her hip on an icy winter day, she had no idea how much farther she would fall or how high the Lord would raise her! Tecca’s injury required months of intensive rehabilitation in a nursing center. During this time, a friend from church checked on Tecca’s house and found an eviction notice on the door.
The 37-year-old says he had just about given up when the outreach team approached him one day at the park. “They were from Mel Trotter and asked if I’d like to get help,” Michael says. “It was a relief. I told them I’d be there tomorrow. It really wasn’t a decision. They offered help, so I took it.”
“After I found out I was pregnant, there was no doubt in my mind that I could not go back to my old life. I had to provide. I was scared. I was pregnant and homeless. I thought, I’m going to do whatever I can for this new child who has no idea of my past. He is innocent and I can’t destroy him by being messed up,” Misty recalls.
Wendy's story is full of resilience, strength, and hope. While battling many health conditions and after fleeing domestic violence, she found herself at Mel Trotter Ministries. There, she discovered her value and worth as someone made in the image of God.
Staff spotlight: Beth's Story
"Every single one of us has the same story, we’re just at different chapters in the book. Sometimes, we just need someone to encourage us to keep reading—especially when the plotline seems unfair and unbearable."
Mary was the full time care taker for her husband and also caring for her daughter adult daughter who has special needs. She had to retire early to focus on her family. She also drifted from the most important relationship she had. “I decided I was going to take a break from God. I didn't read my Bible, didn't go to church, I just existed. And you open the door for Satan when you do things like that,” she sighed heavily. “And I did.”
Floyd had a brush with death at one point while he was experiencing homelessness. “I was run over by a car and left for dead,” he says. The incident shattered his leg and doctors replaced his bone with a steel rod. After living on the streets for so long, Jones said he was desperate to know how to change. “I thought it best to come where I could get myself together and get my life in order,” he says. “This is my last resort . . . right here.”
Living out of her van with three small children, this mom received a Christmas she’ll never forget, thanks to you.