This week Doreen Sturgis, our purchasing agent, 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 at the Mission. We are blessed to have her.
What are your responsibilities at Mel Trotter Ministries? I am the Purchasing Agent at Mel Trotter Ministries, which means I am responsible for purchasing all of the office supplies for the ministry. I also help the donor team with donor receipts and mailings, enter data on landlines, cell phones, donations, and access cards, and also maintain the key database and copiers/printers.
What is the best part of your job? I really enjoy my job and am thankful for it. I love my co-workeers, I love seeing guests transform during their stay here, and – mostly – I love seeing first hand the unlimited generosity of this community.
What is the most difficult or challenging part of your job? Sometimes I need to stop and remember just because I get it, doesn’t mean others get it : )
What is your favorite Mel Trotter moment? During the holidays, I love realizing that we can’t out give God. Three years ago we tried to give away hundreds of donated toys and gifts, but we were unsuccessful. We’d get rid of one batch, and another truck load of donated items would arrive. It was exhausting, but absolutely awesome at the same time.
In your opinion, what does compassion demonstrated mean? But for the grace of God, there go I. Even if we are broken or down or hurt, God loves us, and He uses us. God says whatever you have done to the least of MINE you have done to ME. That’s a powerful thought.
How do you demonstrate compassion at Mel Trotter Ministries? I try to pay attention to my surroundings and listen to God in me. It may be a smile or a hello that keeps someone going. It may be helping someone, even when it’s not convenient. It’s even using our resources well when I’m purchasing goods for the Mission.
How do you demonstrate compassion in your daily life? I try to be the friend, wife, sister, daughter, mother, and child of God that I was made to be. I have realized that our struggles are not about us, but about what God can do with our struggles. Who can we help as a result of our struggles?
What are other ways you’ve seen compassion demonstrated at Mel Trotter? I see it in the way our staff cares for – and encourages – one another.
What is your favorite Bible verse? “God has not given you a spirit of fear, but a sound mind, power, and love.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Both of my daughter’s know this verse by heart. It is one that I shared with them over and over in life. It is also a verse our family has clung to during difficult times.
Our deep thanks to Doreen for all she does for Mel Trotter Ministries and the people we serve. Her work is invaluable, and we are grateful to have her.