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David Wilkerson: A Modern Prophet
David Wilkerson, Pastor & Prophet
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The Cross & The Switchblade
David Wilkerson, until his death in 2011, was the founding Pastor of Times Square Church, New York City. He is probably best known for his call in 1958 to minister to New York drug gangs immortalised in the book and film The Cross & The Switchblade and for the worldwide ministry Teen Challenge which resulted. Below in his own words is how this remarkable ministry all began.
"The whole strange adventure got its start one night as I sat in my study reading Life magazine. I merely turned a page, and at first glance it seemed there was nothing to interest me. The page showed a pen drawing of a trial taking place in New York City, 350 miles away from my home in rural Pennsylvania. I'd never been to New York, and I'd never wanted to go, except perhaps to see the Statue of Liberty. I started to flip the page over. But as I did, something caught my eye. It was the eyes of a figure in the drawing - a boy. He was one of seven boys on trial for murder. I held the magazine closer to get a better look. The artist had captured a look of bewilderment, hatred and despair in the young boy's features. Suddenly, I began to cry."
Teen Challenge Ministries
It was the beginning of a ministry that would lead to the establishment of TEEN CHALLENGE - a worldwide ministry to teenagers with problems of drug and alcohol addiction.
Watch The Video Of "The Cross & The Switchblade"
You can find out more about David Wilkerson's ministry to the gangs in New York on Facebook by clicking on THE CROSS & THE SWITCHBLADE