Thursday, April 28, 2011

David Wilkerson

I learned the news of David Wilkerson's tragic death last night. He and his wife, Gwen, were involved in a headon collision with a truck. Gwen was injured as well.

David Wilkerson's life touched so many different people, from so many walks of life. He is best known for his book, "The Cross and the Switchblade," which told the story of his journey to New York to work with young men and women in street gangs. The ministry that grew out of that experience, Teen Challenge, has touched the lives of men and women around the world. My husband used to work at the Teen Challenge in Detroit, where we personally saw the life-changing message of the Gospel work in the lives of people who were addicted to drugs, alcohol, and whatever else Satan who ensnare them with.

More recently, our oldest son began an interest in the book, and the life of Nicky Cruz. He is currently reading Nicky's book, "Run, Baby, Run". The power of God to set captives free...

I am so thankful for that day when David Wilkerson said "yes" to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, took steps of faith outside his comfort zone, and allowed God to minister the love of Jesus through him to hurting souls.

Truly, this is what Easter is all about. The power of the resurrected Christ, working through obedient vessels, to help mend broken vessels...

I am so thankful for the testimony of David Wilkerson's life. May it be the testimony of our lives as well, friends. That we were obedient, and allowed God to use us in His ways.

***If you would like to see his last blog post (he posted it just yesterday), here is the link:

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