Not too long ago I was in the Florida Panhandle when I felt like a holy hand was reaching down from heaven lovingly albeit firmly leading me back to another season of streets ministry in New York City. After over two years on the road for Jesus full-time to do streets ministry and write Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books with my little crew of special needs service ministry dogs, I have learned numerous lessons – including this one.
Jesus Christ is Lord, and when He says go, no matter my personal dreams and desires, I need to humbly, lovingly, reverently, thankfully go where He is sending me to bring love, honor, praise, and glory to His name as I fulfill my life’s calling to help people find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Since I’ve been on the road, the Lord has sent me to Virginia, New Jersey, New York City, South Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina, the Florida Panhandle, Virginia for a night, the Appalachian region of West Virginia, New Jersey, and in just weeks back to New York City! Imagine my surprise when I asked the Lord if He might send me to Bethany Beach, Delaware, to do streets ministry there this summer when He informed me He was leading me back to New York City. A place after 6 months of ministry there last year I thought – and wanted – to never return! So challenging, so expensive, so noisy, so dirty, so smelly, so uncomfortable, so high energy, so not the safest place to say the least! New York City? Again, Lord? Yes!
How impossible it would be to find housing for me and the special needs doggies in the right location for ministry with no steps, preferably ground floor and no elevator, as affordably as possible given the specific area the Lord was sending me, then start from scratch again with furniture, household items, etc. What an opportunity for the Lord to show forth His sovereignty, power, love, mercy, grace, and magnificence. And that’s exactly what He did! Only the Lord could have orchestrated what transpired in about 6 weeks’ time.
The Lord opened up my old apartment from a year ago that is perfect for the special needs doggies shortly after I arrived in New Jersey to search for housing and prepare for the big return, 1.5 blocks from one of my primary areas of streets ministry, decreased the costs dramatically from a year ago in multiple ways, and then blessed me with the current tenant lovingly graciously donating all her furniture!
May I be honest with you? The last place in the world I would have chosen to be going right now is back to New York City let alone to have been in a New Jersey hotel for the past month. This goes 100% against the wishes, wants, and ways of my flesh. There is nothing in my flesh that wants to do this. BUT I LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST MORE THAN ANYTHING AND ANYONE IN THE UNIVERSE, I AM 100% DEVOTED TO HIM, I LIVE AND BREATHE TO LOVE AND GLORIFY GOD FOREVER, AND I DESIRE TO FULFILL MY PURPOSE ON THIS EARTH TO LOVE AND WORSHIP GOD FOREVERMORE AND TO HELP PEOPLE TO FIND AND FOREVER FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
God willing, I will make the big return to my New York City apartment in a few weeks. I would be blessed beyond measure if you would please pray for me, the ministry, the special needs doggies, the countless people worldwide the Lord is reaching through the ministry.
Love & blessings to you!