Written by Bob Lupton Is hurtful charity better than no charity at all? Take an honest look at the outcomes of our traditional benevolence—from inner-city soup kitchens to aid to Haiti—and the answer becomes obvious. Despite our most charitable efforts, the world’s poor are not emerging from poverty. The poverty gap in the United States… Continue reading Change is Coming
Grand Rapids cannot truly be a “Cool City” until everyone is valued. Everyone begins to see the person in front of them as more like them than unlike them.
Twenty-one years ago, I had the opportunity to accompany a friend and his girlfriend’s father—Bob—on a mission trip. A couple of times each year, Bob would collect medical supplies and then deliver them to a mission group in Mexico. I knew I would be impacted by the trip, but what I didn’t know is that… Continue reading Are we seeking to love and understand?
This week Patty Cook, one of our thrift store associates, answered a few questions regarding her position at Mel Trotter Ministries and the work she does to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting within the Greater Grand Rapids area. Her work is significant and good and life changing for so many… Continue reading STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Patty Cook
Approximately 200 young people every night are homeless in Kent County, living unsupervised on the streets, in shelters or abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Approximately 43% of runaway homeless youth have reported abuse or neglect… These are two overwhelming, almost unbelievable statistics. Especially in West Michigan. Especially in Grand Rapids. What is Mel Trotter Ministries… Continue reading Youth Emergency Shelter opens in response to community need.
Do you remember Once-ler? Dr. Seuss’ character in The Lorax? Once-ler comes across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots and carelessly begins to harvest them. The Lorax, who speaks on behalf of the trees, pleads with Once-ler and warns him of the consequences of cutting down the beautiful trees. But the Once-ler continues…… Continue reading Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot…
Lee took his first drink at 12 and was first diagnosed with alcohol poisoning at 20. “I used to walk down the street with plenty of drink in me,” said Lee Bailey, a current Mel Trotter Ministries guest. “And I was terrified. I could go weeks without drinking, but then I’d fall and find myself… Continue reading I tell them to give Jesus a try…