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Melvin Ernest Trotter, 1870-1940, Rescue Mission

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 03/17/2003

Category: Biographies

Source: CCN

Melvin Ernest Trotter 1870-1940 Rescue mission worker. Mel Trotter was born in Orangeville, Illinois, the son of a godly mother and a drunken father. His mother tried to teach him to pray, but he followed in the footsteps of his father and became a drunkard. He left home at the age of 17 and, after years of drink and sin and on the verge of self-destruction, Mel ventured into the Pacific Gar- den Mission in Chicago, where he heard the Gospel. That night he responded to the invitation to receive Christ as his Sa- viour, and his life was transformed. Later he entered the ministry, and was ordained a Presbyterian minister.         After conducting some evangelistic meetings, he was called to be superintendent of a rescue mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His unusual burden for the spiritual needs of the down and out prompted him to establish 67 rescue mis- sions from Boston to San Francisco. He was known as the man who "raved about Jesus."



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