Almost ten years ago I met a young man from the neighborhood who was leading a gang and really hurting inside. He had addiction problems and anger issues and was exactly the kind of person Vanguard Street Ministries targeted for ministry.
After five years of regularly checking in on him and showing our love to him and his family in many different ways, he gave in to Jesus and became a young disciple. The next five years were spent encouraging him, loving him, watching him grow, watching him stumble, crying with him, fighting with him (lots of fighting with him) and laughing with him. He matured to such a point that he was given the lead pastor role at one of our church plants in the same neighborhood that he used to terrorize. Read more