The Care Edition

e Edition June 9

Mel Trotter Ministries Partners with Nonprofits to Coordinate Holistic Care to the Homeless

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Trotter1Dennis VanKampen recently was appointed executive director and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM), a multifaceted outreach to the homeless based in the Heartside district of Grand Rapids. It's not a job he initially sought. He is grateful the Lord saw otherwise.

As a result, VanKampen's perspective has since changed since he landed the top job at the nonprofit founded by redeemed alcoholic Melvin Ernest Trotter 115 years ago when it was known as the City Rescue Mission.

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The Latest from Diet Eman



By Terry DeBoer

The first week of June was quite a week for Diet Eman.

The Grand Rapids resident – noted for her part in the Dutch Resistance movement against the Nazis during World War II – was honored by King Willem–Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands on June 2 during the couple's royal visit to West Michigan.

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Watch our 2013 interview with Diet Eman

Church Efforts Fuel Food Booths at Festival of the Arts


By Terry DeBoer

fest food wide shot235Sandy Baird looked over her church's food booth Sunday afternoon while also keeping an eye on the weather above the Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids.

"Saturday was very busy," she noted of the bright and sunny skies the day before. "Today is looking more like (last) Friday," she added of breezy, overcast skies that already had shed a bit of rain.

Weather affects Festival attendance and attendance affects sales – a truism that she knows well.

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Christian Racism?


rex60Prejudice, bias and racism existed in biblical times and still exist today. Dr. Rex M. Rogers uses the story of Jesus and the woman at the well as an example of how Christians should relate to those from a different culture or heritage.

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I've been in my current job for five years. I've also had a second job for three of those years, but now I'd like to make a change. Do you have any advice on how to convince a potential employer that I'm a good hire, even though I had a couple of jobs in the past that I quit after a month or two?


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Etcetera: We Need Help


Perhaps something is stirring within you. There is something stirring within us.

What's your passion? Writing? Social Media? Video? Events? Graphics?

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Final Words:


"We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results."

R. A. Torrey

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments."

Habakkuk 3:19





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Festival of the Arts includes faith-inspired music

Terry's picks: June 2015

Warning: God is not on our side!


Family Christian Stores CEO trusting in God as bankruptcy decision looms

Billboard: Being gay 'a behavior, not a civil right'

Think tank will host more than 800 at DeVos Place for 'Acton University'



Farther Away:

Franklin Graham urges boycott of Wells Fargo for featuring same-sex couple in ad

Praying to Jesus on the house floor

Hillsong church drops controversial US preacher Mark Driscoll from conferences

Nepal: Human traffickers offer to buy children for $500 each

Bill Maher slams conservatives, GOP for playing persecuted Christian card




The three p's - Dan Seaborn

What is "emotional truth" and why is it so powerful? - Clare De Graaf

The real class warfare - Jeff Carlson

Dr. Robert George's defense of marriage - Metaxas

Monkey business - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

June 7 -12, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 11, Joe Gibbs "Game Plan for Life"

June 16, Parenting Classes

June 17,  Parenting Classes

June 18,  HONK! Encore

June 20, Walk for Life

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K

June 21 - 26, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 22, The Family Connection

June 25, Yatec #15

June 25-27, Big Ticket Festival

June 28, Worship On the Waterfront: Mark Shultz

July 5, Worship On the Waterfront: Jaci Velasquez & Nic Gonzales

July 12, Mikeschair

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

July 13, The Family Connection

July 17,  Sleeping Beauty

July 19, Worship On the Waterfront: JJ Heller

July 26,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

July 27, The Family Connection

July 31, American Decency Association's Summer Conference

August 2, Plumb

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival

August 9, Worship on the Waterfront: Down Home Horns

August 10, The Family Connection

August 16, Jason Gray

August 17, Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 23, Worship on the Waterfront: Peder Eide

August 24, The Family Connection

August 26, Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 30, Worship on the Waterfront: Finding Favour


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