[b]GANG LEADER Needs PRAYER[/b]
NOTE: Below is an urgent prayer request from two young men
who minister powerfully in the slums of Detroit. Their names are
Josef and Patrick, and - like the young people from California -
they had a big impact at the recent gathering in Pittsburgh. They
will speak at another gathering in Michigan in a couple of weeks -
but in the meantime they have an URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
concerning a gang they have been ministering to:
GANG LEADER Needs PRAYER
-by Josef Urban & Patrick Ersig.
Here in Detroit, we recently saw a chief gang leader come to the
Lord and get filled with the Holy Ghost.
He was sent last week to our preaching spot to "spy us out" and
ended up getting hit with the Spirit of God and repented of all of
his sin and gave his life to Jesus.
Well, he has been doing AWESOME, he's got a definite anointing
on him now, with the gift of word of knowledge (he can supernaturally
quote all kinds of Scripture that he's never known).
Tomorrow, he is planning on bringing out a crew from one of
Detroit's gangs to hear us preach and consider what we say. There
is a very good chance they may come to the Lord. He is able to
gather groups of gang members that we cannot.
PLEASE LIFT THIS up in PRAYER!!! PRAY for the CONVICTION
OF THE HOLY GHOST TO GO FORTH and for a MIGHTY
ANOINTING to be PRESENT WITH US!!!
Update - Update:
I received a voice mail this morning from the leader and he did
NOT sound good. He said that there was a big gang fight last night
and it sounds like he got beat down pretty bad for deciding to
follow Jesus. He sounded like he was really hurting, but he said
he is staying strong lifting up "the blood stained banner of Jesus
as a good soldier and warrior of the cross" He asked for prayer. I
assume the altercation was with the militant Muslim gang called
Allahu Akbar. Please pray that God renders them powerless....
LAST UPDATE (-Sun night, ie. last night)
This whole original plan has been thrown for a big loop. Nothing
has gone as planned...
The gang leader brother (we'll call him "Jack") came back with us
to Patrick's place yesterday to hang out with us and spend the
night. Everything was going awesome - eating, fellowshipping,
talking about the things of God. We all got so fired up that we
decided to head back down to the city to feed the homeless and
preach the Word. "Jack" wanted us to stop by his park to scope
things out, and when we got there, the police had the area taped
off. There were two people dead. "Jack" got out, and ended up
getting picked up by the police overnight for trying to go through
to the crime scene.
"Jack" was waiting for us at the preaching spot today. The air
was tense. There were some serious gangsters perched out
round about the place with the orders to take out anybody that
messed with us, and there were others as well that weren't on
their side. It wasn't good at all to say the least. We left after about
10 minutes and "Jack" came with us.
After some discussion, we realized that the Enemy is trying to
draw us into some gang war situations and ruin us, to make it
short. It's pretty serious down there. Long story short, we laid it
down for "Jack" that he has to count the cost and can't be affiliated
with these gangsters and Christ at the same time. He said he's
coming out for good, but not alone, he's bringing others with him.
Just now, Jack called us and we went down to meet him. He had
a prostitute with him that wanted to "get out" and follow Jesus
now, but there were some complications with her pimp as well
making it hard to come out, so Jack is her protector, and he's torn
between "turning the other cheek" and fighting to protect these
ladies from their pimp gangs - PRAY! We picked them up, got the
dear lady something to eat, and brought them back to the house
and got her some clothes. The prostitute repented of her sin, and
got an impartation of the Holy Ghost with the peace and joy of
Christ - totally transformed. Patrick and them just left to drop them
back off on the streets in Detroit.
Also, Jack's got a whole crew, I'm not sure, maybe about 13 or
so people, that Patrick is going to preach to tomorrow down at a
local mission center - at least that seems to be the plan right
now. Jack wants him to preach the Word, lay it all down about
following Christ and counting the cost, and pray for them all. It
looks like the opportunity we've been waiting for.
The devil's been throwing his monkey wrench in this thing BIG
TIME, but the Lord is going to work it all out for good. Oh, to see
the hope and joy on that ex-prostitute's face about 15 minutes
ago, it's priceless!!! PRAY PRAY PRAY for this WHOLE SITUATION!!!
PLEASE KEEP PRAYING. DON'T GIVE UP. This is SERIOUS.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon