TICM ministry continues to explosively expand. Between youth programs, drama groups, mother’s bible studies, and Sunday church services, the message and love of Jesus Christ is spreading from “the hill” down toward the gang infected areas of “la curva,” (the curve). Sometimes Jesus calls us to enter challenges to glorify Him.
As a boy, growing into the teenage years, I read and re-read the classic books of David Wilkerson. The testimony of his ministry to the gangs of New York and his vision and hope to reach the unlovable truly inspired me. It still does today. Adhering to wise advise of our security staff, I have not yet been released to enter into the ‘zona roja’ of Ventanilla Alta. They tell me that it’s too dangerous. In our daily briefings, Rosita, Rodolfo, and I talk about how can we prayerfully enter the “zona roja” to minister to these teenagers.
“ Jesus, how can we serve the lost?”
This is my question for the day.
One of the gang members, Wally, asked me last week if he could join our Club Deportivo Dan soccer team in August when we climb to the Second Division. Wally steals, deals illegal substances, and partakes in organized crime. He tells me that he will change if I let him play for the team.
“What would you do?
What would Jesus do?”
Does giving permission to Wally to play for the Club Deportivo Dan open up potential danger and risks?
Most mornings, I don’t like to think about the risks that are outside our safe compound. This work is NOT easy. Every morning as I leave the compound, I consider the ramifications of serving Christ in one of the most dangerous places in all of Peru. What is Christ calling us to do? What is it all about? I think it’s about living and serving all for Jesus Christ. All for Him, and in Him, we’ll live. I know that as I climb to the hill today to share with Wally about the life changing impact that Christ can have, Christ will be there with me. It’s a risk that I’m willing to take for Christ. Only in Him do we live, move, and have our being.