Back at home David Wilkerson asked the Lord,
“What that was all about?”
He had done what the Lord wanted him to do.
Yet he had been humiliated.
Now he had to face his congregation who had supported his trip to New York.
Instead of relenting, the Lord told Wilkerson to return to New York’s streets again and again over weekends, and in so doing the Lord showed Him the answer to “the more,” for which he had been crying out.
In obedience Wilkerson walked the streets of New York time and time again, openly weeping and praying and crying out to the Lord for those whom he passed by as he observed their lives of drug abuse and gang violence. Lives that were being destroyed.
It was soon after the court case in which he had been summarily evicted from the court house, that he was accosted by gangsters just as he parked his car and got out of it. Fearing assault and robbery, he braced himself, wondering how to get out of the situation. But instead of assaulting him, one of the gang members approached him and slapped him on the shoulder in full approval of his courtroom disruption. They suggested that Wilkerson should go and preach to a rival gang “just down the street.”
That brief encounter opened David Wilkerson’s eyes to lead his first evangelistic campaign in New York. It was held in a basement below street level and all the street gangs were invited.
At that meeting a notorious gang member, Nicky Cruz, gave up his life to the Saviour of our souls. And with him others began to stand up too.
Thus Teen Challenge Outreach was born.
If you have not read Nicky’s book, “Run Baby Run,” it is a gripping story of the reality of YHWH’s power through His Son Yeshua Messiah, to deliver us from the kingdom of darkness into His glorious light.
Part of his story reminds me of Jackie Pullinger’s work among the opium and heroin addicts and Hong Kong triads, most of whom were instantaneously delivered of these drug addictions. Humanly speaking this is an impossibility. But with the power of YHWH, all things are possible.
I cannot help but say, that it takes one who lives in darkness to recognise light.
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“Nicky was only 3½ years old when his heart turned to stone. As one of 18 children born to witchcraft-practicing parents from Puerto Rico, bloodshed and mayhem were common occurrences in his life. He suffered severe physical and mental abuse at their hands, at one time being declared the “Son of Satan” by his mother while she was in a spiritual trance. When he was 15, Nicky’s father sent him to visit an older brother in New York. Nicky didn’t stay with his brother long. Instead, full of anger and rage, he chose to make it on his own. Tough, but lonely, by age 16 he became a member of the notorious Brooklyn street gang known as the Mau Maus (named after a bloodthirsty African tribe). Within six months he became their president…
When David Wilkerson first told Nicky Cruz that Yeshua Messiah loved him, Nicky slapped him through the face. No one had ever told him that he was loved.