Teen Challenge

On Thursday, the TV happened to be on.  As I glanced over, I saw a movie was beginning.  It looked like something that was made back in the 80s.  Just as I was about to turn away, I saw the name “David Wilkerson” flash across the screen.  David Wilkerson is a famous preacher who began Teen Challenge (www.teenchallengeusa.com) a ministry that reaches out to gang members and drug addicts to transform their lives through the cleansing and healing power of Jesus.  David Wilkerson started his ministry by going into the ghetto in New York in an attempt to reach out to the gang members.  At first, no one would listen to him.  But, he persevered and prayed and the Lord answered.  In time one by one, the gang members began giving their lives to Jesus.  They gave up their lives of crime and kicked their addictions with the help of God.

As I watched the movie, The Cross and the Switchblade, I could feel something stirring inside of me.  Although I was tired and not feeling well, I felt compelled to watch the entire movie.  I felt a renewed burden in my heart for lost and hurting young people.

 

The same evening, I went down to the detention facility to meet with the guys.  I was able to get a group consisting of: D’Angelo, Said, Chad, Ben, Robert, Reymundo, Justin and Hamisi.  I began by sharing a little with them about my time in India.  I told them that the same Jesus who was healing people in India, was here to heal them as well.  I asked the kids if they had pains.  We began to pray for Hamisi.  He had bad shoulder and could not lift his arm.  As we prayed, the pain began to leave.  Robert had a pain in his nose.  Everytime he touched his nose even lightly it had been hurting for two days.  As we prayed, the pain completely left and Robert was able to push his nose without pain.  Reymundo had been hit in the face during basketball, we prayed for him as well and he felt the pain lessen.  Justin had pain in his arm muscle.  As we prayed the pain completely disappeared!  The kids were amazed at the reality of Jesus.

Afterwards, we spent time praying in the Holy Spirit.  The kids felt the power of God.  We continued to pray until the guards said that time was up.  

 

Said was allowed to stay even after the other left.  I asked him why he was back in jail.  He had been doing so well.  God had given him another break earlier, but yet, he ended up back in jail.  Why?  Said explained to me, he had no other choice.  When he got out of jail, he found that he couldn’t live at home because his father lives in low income housing, but people with drug convictions are not allowed to live in low income housing.  Thus, because Said has multiple drug convictions, he can’t live at home.  He tried to get a job, but no one wants to hire a convicted felon.  So, Said told me that his only option was to sell drugs to earn money to rent a motel room each night to stay in.  It is like a vicious cycle.

If the Lord calls us back to the US after one year in India, Mom and I have a heart to start a home for children like Said.  A home where these children can go to after getting out of jail, where they will find love, discipline, guidance and God.    

Scripture for the Day:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11.

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