Lake Effect’s purpose is to help people know God, find freedom, discover purpose and make a difference. Our statement of purpose is based on the first and last recorded words of Jesus:
The first recorded words of Jesus are found in Luke 4:18-19 (He was reading from Isaiah 61):
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
The last recorded words of Jesus are and are often referred to as the Great Commission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
God is all about transforming lives and cities, and so are we. Our hearts’ desire is to the see the City of Grand Rapids and Western Michigan transformed by the kindness and power of God. Lake Effect exists in order to change the spiritual atmosphere in our region through love, compassion, servanthood and generosity. We seek to have a relevant impact in all areas of society including business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, and religion.