Pastor David Wilkerson founded Teen Challenge which later became World Challenge, a ministry that helps rehabilitate drug addicts and bring them to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the '60s. He's also the author of the famous book, "The Cross and the Switchblade" which tells of the saga of his ministry which started with the gangs in the streets of New York. He also founded The Times Square Church. I thought now that we're in New York I will be able to visit that church but so far have not been able to. It's quite far from where we live and I will have to get up early to probably catch their morning service. And with my younger daughter's current "illness" I am not sure actually when I would be able to do that. Apparently, he and his wife have already retired and gone back to their home state of Texas and they have passed on the baton of the Times Square Church to younger pastors.
I am most impressed by his obedience to the Lord on his call to reach out to the underprivileged teenagers in the inner city of New York, especially those caught in the vicious cycle of poverty and drug addiction. He was a very skinny and young country pastor called by God to the glitzy city of New York. He didn't have much money and he knew nobody in New York. He only proceeded as the Holy Spirit led him, based on an article he read in LIFE magazine about a teenager who was facing criminal charges in New York. His love for those teenagers won them over to the Lord. His was a story of daring, raw faith and true love.
In memory of this genuine man of God who impacted my generation, I quote in full here his last blog "When All Means Fail." I believe it has a timely message for all of us, emphasis mine:
WHEN ALL MEANS FAIL by David Wilkerson, April 27, 2011
May his final sermon bring a challenge and charge to our own lives. The Lord bless you, my dear friends!