Linda Tripp, founder of Angel Ministries, shares her story
...The hub, said founder Linda Tripp, is the prayer room.
"Without this, the rest wouldn't be possible," she
Reared in Monticello and Lake Providence, Tripp
tells others that she
wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before being led by God to what she
was meant to do - take care of others.
"God put me where he
wanted me to be, to take care of people, and that's really how I feel about my life experiences," Tripp
has been able to spread her
care through her
God first opened the doors for Tripp
to run Care Solutions
and Care Providers more than 10 years ago, she
"This is obviously a dream of mine to be able to assist people in a lot of different ways," she
Then, when her
son was hit by a car in August 1997, Tripp
was shocked to arrive on the scene and find that her
son was able to look up at her
from the ground and smile.
"When we got in the ambulance, Taylor said, 'Mama, God was with me,'" Tripp
said."And I said, 'Baby, he's
with us all the time,' and he
said, 'You don't understand, God was with me.'
"And I didn't understand, but that night after realizing what he
had been spared, I wanted to do something to glorify God and honor him for sparing my child," Tripp
said."And that's how Angel Ministries
The ultimate goal of Angel Ministries
is to provide care for people who don't have someone to care for them, Tripp
In recent years, Angel Food Ministries, which is based out of Georgia, has become a part of Angel Ministries
"We are able to give families about $70 worth of food for $25," Tripp
said."We also just got a grant for us to have a $50,000 walk-in cooler so that we can be a distribution center for Angel Food Ministries; I'm really excited about that."
Around 500-600 people participate each time the service is offered, with different people signing up each time, Tripp
said.Plans are in the works to open up a program in Columbia as well.Angel Ministries
also runs a resale shop, which allows it to help families and provide them with household goods.Heavenly Gifts
, a retail shop for Angel Ministries
, is also in the works.
On top of those projects, Tripp
said Angel Ministries
is working to bring hyperbaric chambers to their site to
help people with many different health issues through oxygen treatment.Also, singer Mark Leland, who wrote the song "Missing Pieces" about autism, is doing a Christmas album for the organization that will be available at Christmas time, Tripp said.
"We are going to have the first Angel Ministries
Holiday Extravaganza," Tripp
said."It's going to be a free concert and variety show, and we'll take up a love offering for Angel Ministries
, but it's my way of kind of giving back to the community."Tripp
especially hopes people with special needs will come, be entertained and have an evening they can enjoy.She
is proud of the team that she
has working toward the same goals.
"They're very dedicated and very attuned to what we're doing ... I'm amazed at it sometimes," she
Ten years after a car struck her
son and she
determined in her
heart to start Angel Ministries
sees the path that has led her
to where she
is.The path will only continue where God leads.
"It is milestones like your 10-year anniversary that make you reflect on where you've been, and God's timing is not our timing," she
...Linda Tripp is the founder of Angel Ministries and Care Solutions.Angel Ministries
won the volunteer of the year award at the Twin Cities Mayors'
Committee on Disabilities Award.
To participate in an Oct. 26 golf tournament fundraiser for Tripp's
organization at Frenchman's Bend, call 362-0036.