This week Keith and Donijo De Jonge, longtime and generous donors to Mel Trotter Ministries, answered a few questions regarding their involvement in Mel Trotter Ministries and the work they do to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting within the Greater Grand Rapids area. Their work is significant and good and life changing for so many at the Mission. We are blessed to have them as supporters.
You’re a long-time, generous donor to Mel Trotter Ministries. Take us through your time at the organization. How did you get involved?
When Donijo was younger, she and her family were involved in small ways. Once we were married we discussed what organizations we would support financially and Mel Trotter was one of those organizations that topped the list because of the work they have done in the community. We wrote a small check to the organization, the donor team reached out to us shortly thereafter, and we have been involved ever since.
Why do you give? Do you give because you are called to give? Is there a scripture verse or something your family instilled in you?
Growing up, our families taught us the importance of giving back to organizations. We have been granted certain times and talents and want to share those times and talents with others.
Why Mel Trotter Ministries? What has drawn you to stay with this work and this organization?
We believe in helping our neighbors and our community, and Mel Trotter Ministries is an organization with deep roots here in Grand Rapids. They help a vulnerable and often forgotten population, but in an instant any one of us – including our neighbors and friends – could need MTM.
Do you have a Mel Trotter story that you have found moving or inspiring?
Hearing Mel Trotter’s stories of success and recovery and hope inspire us to continue our involvement.
What is your prayer for Mel Trotter Ministries? How do you want to see us work and grow to continue demonstrating the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting?
We want MTM to continue reaching out and helping all God’s children.
How or why would you encourage others to get involved in the work of Mel Trotter?
We believe everyone has time and talent to share, so we’d encourage folks to volunteer and get involved with MTM in any way they can. For example, consider donating spare items. Stuff around the house – like clothing, books, pots and pans, food and even spare change – that you no longer need. Springtime is here, which means spring cleaning at our house. Go through your closets, your shelves, and so on. Pack up stuff you don’t need and deliver it to a Mel Trotter Ministries store. Or save your spare change. Toss the coins into a cup or jar and at the end of the year, count it and donate it to MTM. If you get a turkey or a ham from your employer at Christmastime, or any time of the year, give it to MTM. These are small, but important and significant ways to help. These simple things inspire hope.
What is your favorite scripture passage? A passage that inspires you or prompts you?
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)