The story of a small-town pastor who found his real ministry among the street gangs of New York and succeeded in founding the Teen Challenge movement
Harlem in the 1950s is the setting for this true story of the miracles that took place when David Wilkerson came face to face with brutal gang leaders and young lives wrecked by drugs and sexual abuse, and the complete transformation that took place in even the most hopeless situations.
This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to see—the love of Jesus Christ. But who was David Wilkerson? Many Christians don’t really know. More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself. When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in 1958 to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, 120-pound man. After the initial publicity that brought him face to face with some of the most dangerous young men of the city, he largely flew under the radar of the media, using the Word of God and a bit of tough love to help men and women of the street escape the destructive spiral of drugs and violence. Wilkerson was always the real deal, full of passion and conviction, not interested in what others said was the “right” or political thing to do. Wilkerson later founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega-church of 8,000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Both now have branches worldwide, continuing the work that God began in the life of one man who believed David Wilkerson was a man of faith who trusted God would give him what he needed to enter a world of crime and killing. He was a man of conviction who took the dream God gave him and marched forward without ever looking back. And he was a man of vision who could not be shaken from his beliefs—sometimes even when counseled otherwise. David Wilkerson was the preacher of New York City.
Tells of the continuing miraculous work of Teen Challenge among gangs, with the highest documented "cure rate" of drug addicts and alcoholics than any other program today.
The True Story of a Man Who Risked It All for God With over 15 million sold, this modern-day classic is now available in a new edition especially for young readers ages 9 to 12, complete with 30 illustrations that bring the story to life. This riveting story follows the young David Wilkerson--then a simple country preacher--as he risks everything, including his life, to go to the heart of New York City to bring the gospel to the violent gangs and drug users who were taking over the streets. The courage, resilience, and faith of this young preacher will inspire a new generation of readers as they see how God's love can pierce the darkest of circumstances and save those who we think are beyond saving. Let this powerful story show the young people in your life how God can use anyone with faith to do the impossible.
In this expanded version of an earlier book, Wilkerson takes readers on a journey of faith as she discovers firsthand that the power of God can conquer pain, disease, and heartache. She teaches by experience how to abide in God's strength and actually see miracles take place.
Draw closer to the Father heart of God with these 365 inspiring devotional thoughts from the beloved, bestselling author of The Cross and the Switchblade.