I often get the opportunity to visit and preach in a variety of Churches and I have found something quite interesting. Many times the Pastor will try to encourage the congregations to reach out with the Gospel to their neighbors and family and bring them to Church. The next week they have the same empty seats and basically the same people. Why is this? The answer is simple if the people in the church wanted them there they would already be there.
One of the greatest things we stress in our ministry is faithfulness and availability. Inner-city kids and their families have no real example or role models that are consistent, faithful and honest. The inner-city is made up of children, single moms, lost and confused teens and grandmothers. Most of the men eighteen to forty-five are in jail, dead, on drugs or completely unemployed. There is little male leadership and certainly few godly role models. Distrust and fear rule the streets and we have found that faithfulness and loving these kids consistently is the only real way to help them.
I think for the first nine-years of inner-city ministry here I had a plan to reach the inner-city kids of Houston with the CAT Truck. I would wake up in the morning and say, “I’m going to the inner-city today and find a place to start a service.” It was like I would just drive by a project and say, “Okay here it is, let’s put the CAT Truck over there in that parking lot where those guys are dealing drugs.” I remember one Christmas Eve we did a service in a parking lot in front of a liquor store with prostitutes turning tricks on the side.
It takes a lot of faith to knock on the doors of our kids especially in the particular neighborhoods they live in. While the world is a dangerous place and as Christians we understand that the Bible declares in I John 5:19 “We know that we are the children of God and the whole world around us is under the control of the evil one.” While yet this being true God has called us to testify his Gospel to the children and families in this wicked world’s darkest places and by faith we go to the very doorsteps of murder, theft, violence; drug addiction called by the Bible “the habitations of cruelty” to reach these kids for Christ.