We had the privilege to attend a conference this week that really blessed us. It was a Pastor's and Leadership Conference. Although, we are not Pastor's, the Lord has been getting us ready to work with Teen Challenge, and Dream Center ministries. These are outreach ministries that work with those who are bound by drugs & alcohol (among other things).
One of the things that blessed us most about attending the conference, was the opportunity to hear from David Wilkerson (now almost 80 years old) and Nicky Cruz (probably in his 70's by this time). We realized here were the "two" whose ministry and conversion were what God used to bring about "Teen Challenge". If you have never read the books "The Cross and the Switchblade" by David Wilkerson, or "Run Baby Run" by Nicky Cruz, I would say get a hold of them and read them. They will greatly bless you. "The Cross and the Switchblade", written by Pastor Wilkerson, tells the story of how he became involved with reaching out to gangs in New York City. "Run Baby Run" tells the sad and even frightening story of a young man's life that was touched and changed by the Holy Spirit, through the outreach of David Wilkerson.