Reverend Wendell E. Mettey,Founder and President of Matthew 25: Ministries, tells the story of his many years of pastoring an endearingly imperfect inner-city church in On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? is a collection of gentle, loving, humorous, often touching portrayals of the unique and colorful individuals who comprised Reverend Mettey’s congregation during his early years of ministering.
As he shares the stories of his diverse and sometimes wayward flock, Reverend Mettey reveals that these individuals, as blemished and broken
as they may have been, were used by God to bring much beauty into the world. Through Reverend Mettey’s eyes, the reader sees that these ordinary people, whose lives were filled with trials, were yet infused with an awareness of God's real and abundant grace. With infinite compassion and delicate humor, Reverend Mettey takes readers on a delightful journey of discovery and redemption. These lovingly written tales will be a blessing to all who read them, evoking both laughter and tears as they offer reassurance that no matter how bad life seems, there is good to be found.
This 146 page book told in 16 simple, compelling story-chapters, takes the reader on a captivating series of fascinating narratives that impel the reader to re-evaluate their pre-conceptions and expand their acceptance of those around them who are scarred with the chips, dings, cracks and imperfections of life. The book, with its short story format, makes an excellent text for small group discussion, book or bible study groups. Through Reverend Mettey’s eyes the reader learns the priceless life lesson that everyone has something to give and to teach.
“The Rev. Wendell Mettey has compiled a collection of stories of redemption, love and faith, drawn from his personal experience as an inner-city pastor. Savor each heartwarming story and consider the mysterious ways in which God directs and transforms our lives.” Chris Saunders founder and president, emeritus Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Network, Dayton, Ohio