—————– from the Times Square Church web site.
On Wednesday, April 27 I lost one of the most influential people in my Christian life. Rev. David Wilkerson was killed in a car accident driving with his wife, Gwen, across Texas. I don’t really recall the first time I heard about Rev. Wilkerson, but I do remember reading The Cross and the Switchblade, a book about his amazing ministry among the drug addicts of New York City. If you have not read it, you have missed a blessing. My son just finished reading it again, this time together with his 10-year-old daughter. They were reading chapter by chapter. Yesterday I posted on Facebook about the death. My son could not believe it. They were near the end of the book. Now Jessica would know who this man was when he told her about the death of this great child of God.
Rev. Wilkerson’s ministry spread throughout the United States and the world. Teen Challenge Centers were set up everywhere and they had a phenomenal recovery rate for the addicted. They base their treatment plan on immersion in the teachings of Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit and learning good work habits with service to others. My husband and I supported a rehabilitation center in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania for many years. The head of that center came to the church we attended and ministered mightily to us as a couple. We will never forget how they loved. There is a YouTube video on the rehabilitation center you can watch if you’re interested. http://youtu.be/rRxNxUXwQFM
Rev Wilkerson lived what he believed. He truly believed we must bear God’s heart, burdens and passion. He did this fearlessly. Once he was sure of what God wanted him to do, he let nothing stop him…and nothing did. God’s angels surrounded him and protected him many times. I saw him last as he preached in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was about 1994 or so, he’d have been about 63. He had to sit on a stool while he preached because he was so weak, but he was there. He challenged and encouraged and stayed long to pray.
I will never forget him,