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    Journal
                                                                                   2012




“...I tried everything
 my way. And every
 door was shut...”
inside: How god
opened a door when
Michelle chose His way.



  Stories of God’s Provision Through You!
   2 Learning to live God’s way   4 A pantry filled with hope   8 A new life to die for
2      Journal       Spring 2012
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LeaRning to Live                                                                                                        Lessons fRom a CHuRCH
                                                                                                                        BReakfast
God’s way
       My name is Michelle, and I came to Mel Trotter          doing good, but I started drinking again. I lost
                                                                                                                          A pig and a chicken were
                                                                                                                        walking down the road. They
                                                                                                                        came upon a church sign
    Ministries because I was looking for a program to          my job and drank up all the money I had saved.           advertising a fellowship breakfast
    help me get sober. For a long time, I tried to do          If I was awake, I was drinking. And I remember           that weekend: “Ham and eggs will
    everything my way...and every door was shut. Then,         being absolutely miserable. That’s when I cried out      be served from 8:00–10:00 a.m.”
    God opened the door to Mel Trotter. I believe in my        to God, and He led me to Mel Trotter Ministries.           The chicken turned to the pig        (Psalm 24:1), we can prayerfully      Ministries rather than selling it,
    heart He was saying, “Now is MY time.” And it was!         Healing and Rejoicing                                    and exclaimed, “Well, isn’t that       consider giving anything we “own”     you receive a charitable deduction
    When I cried out and said, “God, I’m not living...,”                                                                wonderful...even farm animals          back to God to bless our church       for the full market value of the
    He opened the door to a new life.                              I think I had to have some distance from my                                                 or ministries such as Mel Trotter.    property at the time of the transfer.
                                                                                                                        like us can help the work of
                                                               family to have my connection with God. But, for me,                                             For example, it may surprise you      You also avoid the capital gains
        My problem with alcohol began in my youth.                                                                      the church!”
                                                               it had to come a little bit at a time because I had                                             to know that many assets may be       tax if you held the property for
    My parents separated when I was 8 years old.               hardened my heart. I think He spent an entire year         “Yes,” said the pig, “but yours
    I rebelled when I was a teenager, cutting class and                                                                                                        more “tax-efficient” to give than     a period of one year or longer.
                                                               just kind of chipping away at me. One of the things      is only a contribution. Mine is
    going to parties. I was only 15 when my first child                                                                                                        cash, such as stock, real estate,       For more information on giving any
                                                               I love most now is going to church. But the best time    a total sacrifice.”
    was born, and I married my second child’s father                                                                                                           retirement assets, life insurance,    asset, request a FREE copy of “More
                                                               is worshipping alone in my room with the music             That funny little story about the    grain, business interests and
    at 17. I divorced him when he got into trouble                            turned up. I can’t sing. But I sing                                                                                    Trust. More Joy.” by simply checking
                                                                                                                        pig illustrates a serious biblical     tangible personal property. That’s
    and went to jail. At 19, I moved to                                       anyway and when I do, I’m healing                                                                                      the box on the attached reply form.
    California to pursue another bad               “I believe in              and rejoicing!
                                                                                                                        truth—that Jesus really does call
                                                                                                                        His followers to give up everything
                                                                                                                                                               because federal tax law makes gifts   Or contact Tim Swiney, Director of
                                                                                                                                                               that have grown in value more
    relationship and my third child was born.
    But when that relationship turned violent,
                                                    my heart that                I never ever thought that I’d be in    (Luke 14:33). But how do we live       advantageous than giving cash.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Development, at Mel Trotter Ministries
                                                                                                                                                                                                     at (616) 454-8249, ext. 268, or
    I lost custody of my kids.                      God was saying,         any kind of ministry, but apparently        that out?
                                                                                                                                                                 If you transfer the appreciated     timswiney@meltrotter.org
    Thankfully, I got them                                                                             starting
                                                   ‘Now is MY time.’ ” I’m headed thataway. I’mmanager here.
                                                                            a stipend job as house
                                                                                                                          One practical way is to realize
                                                                                                                        that because God owns everything
                                                                                                                                                               property directly to a charitable
    back and we returned                                                                                                                                       organization such as Mel Trotter
    to Michigan, hoping                                                     I’m working in the kitchen part time
    to start over. I moved                                    and plan to take classes for leadership in ministry.
                                                              My kids are grown and doing well, and I have two
    back home to be with
    my family. I was                                          wonderful grandkids! I’m living proof that what                                    It’s not too late to give...
                                                                                                                                                 Hope totes
    working and                                               Psalm 145:13 says is true: “The Lord is faithful to all
                                                              His promises and loving toward all He has made.”
                                                                   Thank you for your support of Mel Trotter
                                                               Ministries. I can’t think of anything better that you                             Our annual Hope Tote Campaign is under way, and we need
                                                               could do with your money. Because you care, people                              help in a hurry to give homeless neighbors “hope to hold on to!”
                                                               like me have a nice place to stay and we’re taught how                          We launched our Hope Tote Campaign on March 1 and will continue
                                                               to re-live life...God’s way.                                                   this worthwhile project until Easter Sunday, which is coming up soon—
                                                                                                                                             April 8.
                                                                                                                                        Just a reminder that a Hope Tote is a small plastic bag that can be filled with
                                                                      Michelle never thought she’d be                            inexpensive, unused, travel-size items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tissues and socks and
                                                                      involved in ministry. “But apparently
                                                                                                                        distributed to homeless people to help them clean up and feel better about themselves. When they do,
                                                                      I’m headed that way,” she says.
                                                                                                                        they’re more likely to make other changes that can transform their lives forever!
                                                                                                                          Mel Trotter’s Hope Tote Campaign is a meaningful way for you, your family, your church or business group to
                                                                                                                        get together and make a difference. We supply the Hope Totes. You simply fill and return them by Easter Sunday.
    reaD MOre StOrieS OF HOpe Online                                                                                    Soon, those little bags will be in grateful hands, giving our neediest neighbors the hope and encouragement
                                                                                                                        they need to take a step toward new life. There’s still time to provide Hope Totes, but you must act soon. For

    meltrotter.org/storiesofhope.aspx                                                                                   more information, call (616) 454-8249, ext. 223. Or visit us online at meltrotter.org/events.aspx. Thank you!


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                            Help fill our pantry and give...
                                                                                                                         a CaR foR moniCa
                           easteR Hope
                          On Easter          assistance roles. Approximately        at the Mission but through
                                                                                                                          Monica has already raised four
                                                                                                                        children who now are grown and
                                                                                                                        self-sufficient. But when her two
                                                                                                                        youngest children lost their dad
                                                                                                                                                              “It’s just been an unbelievable
                                                                                                                                                               blessing,” Monica says.


                       Sunday, families      300 of those families live right       our food pantry distribution to     a few years ago, life got very tough
                  will gather to enjoy       here in Grand Rapids. That means       families living below the poverty   for this seasoned, hardworking
    a bountiful meal together as a           some 800 children are going to         level. We need your help to fill    mom. So tough, she has to work
    celebration of new life. But for         bed hungry at night.                   our pantry with canned goods,       two jobs to pay the bills and put
    many Grand Rapidians, their                With hunger impacting so many        produce, bread, milk—all the        food on the table. There’s nothing
    Easter meal may be more skimpy           of our neighbors, the Mel Trotter      nutritious items you need to        leftover for expensive car repairs or was the delighted owner of a 1998
    than bountiful—if there is any           Food Pantry program is more and        feed your own family. For more      to purchase a car. Monica was using Chevy Prism. She loves her little car,
                                                                                                                                                              which has not only been a blessing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  got a veHiCLe
    food at all on the table. More           more crucial to our community          information on how you can          a borrowed car when a friend told
    and more of our neighbors are            outreach ministry. We expect to        help, call Rebecca Robertson at     her about Mel Trotter’s Vehicle       to her, but also her teenage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you’d Like to
    experiencing hunger after the            provide more than 42,000 meals         (616) 454-8249, ext. 266. Thank     Donation Program and urged her         daughter and son. “They can’t
    state of Michigan recently took          this Easter season, not just on-site   you for caring!                     to apply.                             believe there is a program out
    11,000 families off the public                                                                                        Here’s how the program works:
                                                                                                                        Friends in the community donate
                                                                                                                                                              there like this that is so helpful
                                                                                                                                                               and how great these people are!”                   donate?
                                                                                                                        their used and unwanted vehicles      Monica exclaimed. “And how we
                                                                                                                                                               can get to where we need to go—                    You should know...
                                                                                                                        and receive a tax-deductible
                                                                                                                        receipt. Every vehicle is inspected    our appointments, the grocery                       • We accept all vehicles
                                                                                                                        by a state certified mechanic and      store and church. I can get back                    • You can drop off your vehicle
                                                                                                                        goes on our lot at Mel Trotter Auto and forth to work and don’t have                         during business hours
                                                                                                                        Sales (if you’re looking for a great  to count on other people.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • You can also arrange for
                                                                                                                        value in a used car, stop by!) But           Headlights...or HIS light?                      a pick up
                                                                                                                        that’s not all...                               You may not think of a car                 • We must receive the title at
                                                                                                                           Once a month, a name is                   program as a ministry, but                      the time of donation
                                                                                                                         selected from applications we’ve            Monica’s story is just one of many
                                                                                                                         received from people in the                 we could share about how God                  • Vehicle sales price determines
                                                                                                                         community who are in need                   has used the Mel Trotter Vehicle                tax deduction
                                                                                                                         of a vehicle. People like Monica.           Donation Program to “drive home”              • All proceeds help us serve
                                                                                                                        “I got a call from one of the ladies...      His message of compassion,                      our community
                                                                                                                         and I just started crying,” Monica          provision and grace. As Monica
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information about the
                                                                                                                         said. “I just couldn’t believe it when      says, “That program is sending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vehicle Donation Program, visit
                                                                                                                         she told me they picked my                  God’s light out into the community.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  meltrotter.org/donatevehicle.aspx
                                                                                                                         name.” After paying the taxes               I just happen to be one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  or call (616) 301-1415.
                                                                                                                        (a manageable expense) and                   people who have been lucky
                                                                                                                         a $25 document fee, Monica                  to be blessed by it.”




     pLease join us                                            Volunteer Appreciation Open House:
                                                               March 18 at Mel Trotter Ministries. You must register
                                                               for this event, please call Vince Desmond at
                                                                                                                        we’Re just a CLiCk away
                                                                                                                        At Mel Trotter Ministries, we want to stay connected with
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Subscribe to our YouTube channel:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meltrottermin
     Mark your calendars and plan to join us
                                                               (616) 454-8249, ext. 226 to make your reservation.       friends like you through your favorite online social media
     for these special events coming up soon!
                                                                                                                                                                                                           View our blog at Tumblr:
                                                               Golf Marathon of Hope:                                   sites. Visit us online often at any of the following sites for
     Hope Tote Distribution:                                                                                                                                                                               meltrotterministries.tumblr.com/
                                                               June 20 at Railside Golf Club                            up-to-date information about the work you support.
     March 1-April 8, 2012. Drop off your
     Hope Totes at Mel Trotter Ministries.                     Go to meltrotter.org/events.aspx to find the latest
                                                               about what’s happening at Mel Trotter Ministries               Find us on facebook:                Follow us on Twitter:             Check out our photos on Flickr:
                                                               and how you can get involved!                                  Mel Trotter Ministries              @meltrotter                       www.flickr.com/photos/meltrotterministries/


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    Introducing...                                                                                                                   Are you a...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope By
    2011 speCiaL voLunteeRs                                                                                                          meaLs-a-montH paRtneR?                                                                 tHe numBeRs
                                                                                                                                      We have a group of very special         even set up an automated
                                                                                                                                    friends—faithful donors who help          deduction from your checking                   JANUARY–DEcEMbER 2011
      At Mel Trotter Ministries, we love all our volunteers. They are caring, hardworking friends with hearts to serve, and they
    never expect anything in return. That’s why four times a year we recognize a “Volunteer of the Quarter” for service above and   change lives month after month            account or credit card, and you can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You really and truly made a big
    beyond our expectations. Please join us in thanking our 2011 Volunteers of the Quarter.                                         all year long. These friends are our      customize your mailing schedule.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            difference in 2011! The numbers
                                                                                                                                    Meals-A-Month Partners who                    To become a Meals-A-Month                 are in, and here’s what your
                                                                                                                                    support Mel Trotter with
    First Quarter: Jim Weaver                                                                                                                                          M EALS     Partner, contact Tim Swiney               support helped provide:
                                                                                                                                    a monthly gift to provide                      at timswiney@meltrotter.org
    Jim is one of our most effective male mentors.                                                                                  vital services such as meals,                  or (616) 454-8249, ext. 268.                       Meals served:
    He gives hours of his time to mentor five men and                                                                               clothing and outreach for                      You can also sign up right                         238,179
    plays a key role in the recruitment process, meeting                                                                            people in our community          A
                                                                                                                                                                        MONTH     now by checking the box on
    with potential mentor candidates before they are                                                                                who desperately need help.                 the coupon provided with this
    assigned to work with mentees. Your time is an                                                                                                                                                                                    Nights of shelter:
                                                                                                                                      Are you a Meals-A-Month Partner?       newsletter. You’ll help provide meals                    86,237
    investment in changed lives, Jim. Thank you!
                                                                                                                                    If so, we can’t thank you enough! If     (and more!) every single month.
                                                                                                                                    not, please consider joining today.      Thank you!
                                                                                                                                    It’s easy! Mel Trotter Ministries can                                                             Articles of clothing :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5,812

                                                                      Third Quarter: Edie and Dave Andrews
                                                                      This loyal couple have hearts and spirits of gold!            Community ResouRCe CenteR update                                                                  GEDs :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      14
                                                                      For the past three years, they’ve been here each
                                                                      Thursday evening, serving in the kitchen with a                 In the last newsletter, we shared     this Center will help provide:
                                                                      smile for everyone. They’ve also volunteered at our           about our plans to remodel an           Refuge for those who would be out                         Dental visits:
                                                                                                                                    old garage behind the Mission to        in the winter snow or summer heat,                        594
                                                                      Christmas Store and Thanksgiving Banquet and have
                                                                      been interviewed on the Mission’s radio program               expand our services to the homeless     a pantry for sorting, packing and
                                                                      with Rev. Bob Evans. Bless you, Edie and Dave!                and hurting in the community.           distributing food boxes to people                         Chapel attendance:
    Second Quarter: Stacy Willis                                                                                                    Many of you opened your hearts          in need and a counseling center                           19,578
                                                                                                                                    and hands to help. So far, $549,000     for connecting the chronically
    Stacy, a dedicated volunteer, has volunteered at
                                                                                                                                    has been raised for this Community      homeless with urgently needed                   Let’s work together to make
    our Sparta retail store for more than three years.
                                                                                                                                    Services Center—and the                 community services. Thank you                   an even bigger difference in
    (We suspect she spends more time there than
                                                                                                                                    renovations have begun!                 again for your support!                         2012. May God bless you for
    at home!) Whenever we need Stacy, she’s here
    for us—whether she’s scheduled to work or not.                                                                                   We are grateful for your support                                                       your compassion!
    She does a marvelous job overseeing the drop-                                                                                   and are excited about the blessings
    off donations at the back door and the shoe and
    purse departments. Stacy, you are a valuable asset
    to the Sparta Mel Trotter Store.                                                                                                “...in everything, by prayer...present your requests to god.” —Philippians 4:6, NIV
                                                                                                                                                                Prayer requests:                                 Please give praise for:
                                                                      Fourth Quarter: Mary Wells
                                                                                                                                                                ▪ For the men and women in our program           ▪ Residents who have come to the Lord
                                                                      Mary has been an outstanding asset to the Food                                              to be reconciled to the Lord and to              and are growing in their walk with Christ
                                                                      Service Department as a volunteer in the kitchen                                            family members
                                                                      and pantry. “Cookie,” as her friends call her,                                                                                             ▪ Three women who were baptized
                                                                      has a long history of supervisory experience                                              ▪ For residents who will be at the Mission for     this winter
                                                                      and a passion for our community. These fine                                                 Easter, as holidays are hard for many          ▪ New staff providing services and care
                                                                      qualities make her assistance indispensible for                                           ▪ That God will guide us as we develop more        for the children at Mel Trotter
                                                                      our Food Service staff. With a heart for the poor                                           career and education services for residents    ▪ 10 Jump Start residents who have
                                                                      and “no-nonsense” attitude, Cookie is a key
                                                                                                                                                                ▪ That God will call more long-term mentors        found jobs!
                                                                      volunteer. Hats off to you, Cookie!
                                                                                                                                                                  for the men and women in our program


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a message of tHanks FROM CHICO

             In my 18 years of Rescue Mission work, I’ve had the thrill of witnessing the transformation of
         many “bums” (broken unsaved men) into saints. A saint, by my definition, is someone who can
         say, “I’m saved and I know it!” Many of these hurting souls come here searching for a meal and
         a glimmer of hope. Once here, they often find something even better—new life in Christ. But
         to receive the new birth and enjoy promising, fruitful lives, people have to die to the old way
         of life. Jesus spoke of this when He said, “...unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
         it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24, RSV).                               Rev. Chico Daniels
                                                   As you know, not everyone who comes to the Mission is         President & CEO
        “In order to receive                     ready to make this choice. That’s why I always anticipate
         the new birth, people the coming of spring with cautious optimism. You see,                             “...unless a grain of
         have to die to the old I know that a serious test is imminent for our guests who
         way of life.”                           came with the onset of winter, seeking warmth and safety         wheat falls into the
                                                 from Michigan’s harsh weather. When the sun begins to
         shine again, some—those who haven’t reached that desperate place of being “sick and tired                earth and dies, it
         of being sick and tired”—will be lured back to the streets and the destructive habits that put           remains alone; but
         them there in the first place.
            The good news is that for many others who have bowed humbly to God and sincerely                      if it dies, it bears
         asked for His help, this will be the first authentic Easter of their lives. I recently talked with
         some of the men here at the Mission who told me they had been raised to think Easter was
                                                                                                                  much fruit.”
         about egg hunts and bunnies. Now that they’ve experienced resurrection in their lives, they              —John 12:24, RSV
         understand the profound spirituality of this sacred season. Through your support, you have
         made this richer, deeper dimension of Easter a reality for these men and many others. What a
         gift you have given, and how I thank you! May God bless you for caring and sharing with
         those less fortunate through your support of Mel Trotter Ministries.                                          OUR MISSION
                                                                                                                       To demonstrate the
         Your friend,
                                                                                                                       compassion of Jesus Christ
                                                                                                                       toward the hungry,
                                                                                                                       homeless and hurting of
                                                                                                                       the Grand Rapids area.
         Chico Daniels, President & CEO
                                                                                                                                          20297-4




my new Life gift                                  YES, Chico, I’ll help Mel Trotter Ministries feed and care for homeless
                                                  and hungry Grand Rapidians this Easter.
HeRe’s my gift of:                m $15              m $35               m $50              m $150                 m $________

Please complete this              Name
slip and return it to
Mel Trotter Ministries            Address
with your generous
Easter gift. Your gift is         City                                                      State                Zip
tax deductible to the
full extent of the law.           Email
We will send a receipt            Please make your check payable to: Mel Trotter Ministries
for your records.                 □ Please send me a FREE copy of More Trust. More Joy.


donate online by credit card at easter.meltrotter.org
225 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 454-8249

				
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