The Love Mercy Do Justice Ministry's goal is to encourage and enable the Thornapple family to reach beyond our walls to respond to needs in the urban community and to work to end injustices in our community and around the world. The name LOVE MERCY DO JUSTICE aligns us with our denomination. "From our inception the Covenant has been concerned with helping hurting people (love mercy), and addressing the causes of that hurt (do justice)." We join God in making things right in our broken world. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8. Below are upcoming important dates and serving opportunities:
- The Glenn VanNoord Short Term Urban Missions Program application period begins March 1. This program enables us to send Thornapple college students and juniors and seniors in high school to serve for a summer in the city of G.R. In the past 16 years over a hundred students have served through the GVN program in a variety of partnering organizations. For more information on the Glenn Van Noord Short-Term Urban Missions Program click here.
- Break the Chain movie Friday, March 3 at 7pm. Break the Chain is a documentary film that addresses the often hidden-in-plain-sight issue of human trafficking in Michigan communities. The film chronicles two survivors of trafficking. Learn more and register to attend by clicking here.
- Reverse Offering - On March 12 there will be a "reverse offering" during our services to benefit Safe Haven Ministries (a local ministry to abused women and their families). To learn all about it, click here.
- Civilian First Responder Course given at Thornapple March 25 from 9am to 4:30pm. This is an important course that everyone can learn from and it would be especially beneficial to parents, teachers, medical professionals, and childcare workers. It teaches participants about local human trafficking, how to identify it and how to respond. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, click here.
- Urban Plunge - April 22, 2017. We will hold our third annual Urban Plunge on April 22. This is a morning when groups from Thornapple will complete service projects in many of our partnering urban ministries in the GR community. For more details, click here.
More general information:
- Justice- For some specific ideas and ministries related to justice efforts, click here.
- Urban - For a list of current urban ministry related ministries and volunteer opportunities, click here.
Below are the standards for how we choose community organizations to support:
- Must be a non-profit organization.
- Must serve the poor and needy in urban Grand Rapids or be a ministry that works to end injustices around the world.
- High percentage of funds directly benefit the poor (low overhead).
- Need for Thornapple support critical. We favor organizations where Thornapple’s support will make a difference.
- Volunteer opportunities available.
- Mission is Christian or consistent with Christianity.
- The Love Mercy Do Justice Team, exercises its judgment and may support organizations whose mission is not specifically Christian, but is consistent with Christian faith. Examples include Kids Food Basket (feeding hungry children) and the Kent Country Jail program (helping those in prison or families of those in prison).
- The majority of organizations we support have a Christian Mission.