Jesus Loves His People
Commission: Jesus told me: "Tell My people I'm soon to come!"
Forty years ago, I was atheist! The Lord saved me at Christmas, 1972, and called me to preach August 12, 1985. The idea for Jesus Loves His People was conceived as I ministered in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1992-93. The Tenderloin ministry is what I call...Intensive Preacher Training! There I ministered to drug addicts, prostitutes, alcoholics and many poor souls who were constantly in and out of jail.
In the Tenderloin, I met Spaceman O.T. He wore a lampshade decorated with spoons, and walked on a broken walker! He would lay in the curb day after day under the preached Word, and little by little he changed...glory! Last time I saw him he had dreadlocks (no more lampshade!) and no more broken walker! HalleluJah!
In the Tenderloin, bottles were thrown at me! I had my Bible snatched from me and slapped out of my hands till the cover was completely ruined, and I was intimidated with a baseball bat! Nevertheless, no weapon that was formed against me prospered...HalleluJah! In the Tenderloin, I passed out tracts and treats. If a warm coat was needed, and I had one, it was given. I was asked if I had Spanish tracts (which I didn't), but the message of love was vibrant! One woman came up to me and showed me her arm. It was full of goose bumps! She couldn't understand me, but she felt God's glory! I have found that a cold or hungry person will be able to hear the gospel of God's love more clearly if he/she is fed and warm. Then, as the planted Word begins to grow, we will begin to see changed lives!
In 2001 the Lord started a work through me "LIVE'" on Berkeley cable television "Jesus Loves His People." I feel He has called me to be a Missionary to the Bay Area. Many of the people I meet are in the same lifestyle I was 40 years ago. I have a burden to ease some of the spiritual suffering in our area. There are homeless and hungry, and sometimes this occurs simply because the money has been spent on drugs! Once, we were feeding people in People's Park (Oakland). We had sandwiches, cookies, and popcorn. One man asked if we had soda, which we didn't. When I tried to get donations from stores to help feed the people, I was pointed toward exempt status...and so was born "Jesus Loves His People."
I am seeing the birth of a great outreach for the Lord! We want to expand our ministry of feeding the hungry, clothing the scantily clad, and soothing wounded spirits. Ministries now include: Prison Ministry...(tracts and letters), Television Ministry, Gospel Tract Ministry, Homeless and Hungry, Lonely Hearts, Single Mothers, Africa Aide. Our Illustrious Youth program has awarded notable young people monetarily and with ceremony! We also have plans to give to Organizations working with AIDS and Organizations working with kidney patients and heart disease. There is no limit to the ideas the Lord is giving me to be a blessing to His people. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and the hills...HalleluJah!
We are expecting to see New Creatures in Christ emerging in the Bay Area and in all areas we reach with the message of Salvation! New Creatures with changed hearts and minds...assets to their communities!