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                                                     David Wilkerson
       The Cross And the Switchblade is a title well recognized. The book, by David Wilkerson, was written just after his early years as a young preacher. He grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania but because of God’s profound call, he moved to New York City to help troubled teenagers and inner-city gang-bangers. Soon he started Teen Challenge, a ministry still operating today. His book was about that work; it became a best-seller, with over 50 million copies sold in 30 languages.
       Wilkerson comes from a Christian family and a Pentecostal, Assemblies of God background. He tells how he was baptized in the holy Spirit at the age of eight. In other words, he was filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God which the Lord purposed for him so he would have the power to minister. And that he did!
       It all began while he was serving in a small town church. He was restless during his prayer time one evening and picked up a Life Magazine. In it, he saw a picture of seven teenagers who were gang members of the New York "Egyptian Kings". He was drawn to their circumstances and was deeply moved with compassion. So much so, that he traveled to New York and interrupted an actual court hearing because he had something life-changing to share with these young men. The judge turned him away, but that didn’t stop David.
       Wilkerson went on to start a street ministry, reaching young drug addicts and the like. One of those derelicts was Nicky Cruz, leader of the Maus Maus gang. The book describes the story:
       “When he [David] met Nicky Cruz, a vicious teenage knife-fighter . . . Nicky told Wilkerson, ‘Go to Hell, Preacher.’ He replied, ‘You don’t think much of me, but I feel different about you. I love you, Nicky.’ As Wilkerson took a step towards him, Nicky said, ‘You come near me, Preacher, I’ll kill you.’ He replied, ‘You could do that, you could cut me into a thousand pieces and lay them out in the street and every piece would love you.’
       In a dramatic manner, Nicky was later convicted by the Holy Spirit and received Jesus during an evangelistic meeting organized by Wilkerson. Cruz was gloriously saved and went on to be a Minister of the Gospel himself.
       Wilkerson worked the streets for some 30 years when God called him to start Time Square Church, a non-denominational congregation of believers. He said, “. . . This church does not belong to any denomination. We are not Assemblies of God, we are not Baptist, we're not Methodist, we're not Catholic. We're just Holy Ghost people believing this book.”
       What book? The Bible of course. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. It contains the plan of salvation and of hope. It will guide us every day of our lives if we will open our hearts to its truths. Most of all, it will ignite God’s love inside of us.
       We’ve heard it said that love is not just a feeling. It’s so much more. It’s what we do for one another and it matters not the cost. David Wilkerson loved hurting people and he put that love into action. He faced danger and death. He laid down his life for those that seemed worthless to most. But God loves all people and desires to save each one, if they will only come to Him.

Everyone experiences times of sadness, trials, and pain. But what happens
when grief and depression seem so overwhelming that we feel like giving up?
As the founder of World Challenge, Inc., David Wilkerson worked with
troubled people of every type: students, parents, alcoholics, delinquents,
businessmen, pastors, teachers, and drug addicts. In this hopeful
and encouraging book, Wilkerson examines the universal problem
of discouragement. He shows readers how to let God heal their wounds,
restore their faith, and give them genuine, lasting peace.
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        Wilkerson once said, “When God calls you to something, He is not always calling you to succeed, He’s calling you to obey! The success of the calling is up to Him; the obedience is up to you.” Yes, God will do the work . . . if we are willing to let Him.
       The ministry and legacy of David Wilkerson continues to reach out today. With over 30 books on the market, David has labored to offer a message of hope to the world. That hope is Jesus Christ. He is the answer to all of life’s problems. And he alone gives a peace that passes all understanding. Do you know Him today? Find out how to become a Christian. Go to Jesus is waiting for you.


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