2 People, 2 Stories, 1 Weekend, 2 Different Outcomes

LARRY – “I just felt like something told me to pray so I prayed and felt this weight lift off of my life, Pastor Chris”, said Larry, a 19-year-old African-American, homeless man. It was this past Saturday and Larry was sitting on my couch. Several weekends each month my wife and I bring some of our homeless friends over to the house to wash clothes, take showers, eat a meal and watch television. We always have a blast and hear about God’s moving in the neighborhood where we minster. Larry was telling us how that – after years of mental and emotional instability – he felt compelled to ask God for help. Once we took Larry back to the neighborhood, he spent the afternoon walking the streets praying for people. We tried to get him to stay at the house or at least stay around the church – but he kept saying that God needed him to pray for people. Saturday night Larry was arrested – accused of assaulting an old man and taking almost $100 from him. There is a surveillance video and witnesses – Larry is looking at a long jail sentence if convicted. One minute he is trying to pray for people, the next minute Satan takes him out.

BILLY – The Facebook messages came through letting me know that Billy would definitely get a day-pass from the program. It was this past Saturday and Billy had been a man we’d been praying for over the past month. He had some physical issues, lived in constant pain, was diagnosed bipolar and had tried to commit suicide twice in the past 4 weeks. His niece goes to our church and had been praying for an opportunity for Billy to visit Impact! Church. When the service began yesterday, there was Billy, sitting in the back of the auditorium hanging on every word I preached. At the end of the service Billy was 1 of 5 people that stood indicating that they had surrendered their life to Jesus Christ.Later at lunch, Billy told me that – for the first time in many years – he had hope. Hope that God would heal him. Hope that better days were ahead. Hope that God has a purpose for his life. Hope to live another day. One minute Satan has a firm hold on Billy and the next minute God frees his bondage!

2 People, 2 Stories, 1 Weekend, 2 Different Outcomes