In Germany one of these women took a prostitute to Sunday morning service in a quiet, conservative Christian church.
In the middle of the service, the prostitute jumped to her feet and shouted,” Now I believe in Jesus! Can you baptise me now!?”
I was a guest at a graduation ceremony at Teen Challenge in Australia. Over 30 young men and women had spent over year in intensive rehabilitation with strict discipline including counselling, prayer, Bible study, domestic work, exercise and retraining for life. They had all had serious drug problems before going to the isolated Christian boot camp.
Over six years later, I see some of them progressing very well, living good Christian lives in normal society. After the graduation, one girl said to me: “See those girls. About half of them were involved in prostitution.”
GOD IS RESTORING BROKEN LIVES.
David Wilkerson (1931 to 2011) was a Pastor in a small town in Pennsylvania. In 1958 he saw a news report of violent gangsters in New York. He felt the broken Father heart of God for the lost young people.
Called by God, he drove to New York and established contact with young gangsters. With the help of a Hispanic Pentecostal church in the area, he reached out and preached to the gangsters. They could see the love of God in the preacher and amazingly a group of them responded and many were converted to Jesus.
The book and the movie, “The Cross and the Switchblade” became international best sellers. David Wilkerson set up Teen Challenge, which now runs intensive rehabilitation programs in many countries.
Nicky Cruz was a gang leader who was converted to Jesus in “The Cross and the Switchblade,” later became a famous preacher and wrote his own best selling book, “Run Baby Run.”
A teenage boy in Hanover, Germany was staggering home from a party one night, blind drunk as usual. Suddenly he heard the voice of Jesus: “You will be an evangelist!”
Some time later some Christians told him about Jesus and the message of salvation and he believed. He had grown up in an unchurched family without any Christian faith.
Later his mother told him about a strange experience when he was three years old. Little Werner pointed across the room and cried out, “Who is that man wearing a white robe? His eyes are so bright!”
Werner Nachtigal did become an evangelist and now preaches to large crowds around the world. Many people find faith in Jesus and many sick and handicapped people are miraculously healed.
- Once he was in his home city of Hanover and the Holy Spirit spoke to him. He was shocked. God told him to go to a brothel. He was reluctant but he took a group of believers with him and asked if they could go in “only to evangelise.”
- They were allowed in and he met a woman from the Dominican Republic in the Carribean. She said she had a husband and two children in her home country. She had been tricked into going to Germany to get a job and earn more money for her family. When she arrived, they took away her passport and put her to work in the brothel. She had no choice and there was no way out. She became one of millions of sex slaves around the world.
Werner told her about Jesus and she was converted to faith in Christ. He also organised help to get her out of the brothel and she returned home to her family.
Around the world the Spirit of Jesus is touching lost and broken lives and setting people free.
What Jesus said 2000 years ago is still true today.
Luke 4:18-19 (ESV) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Whether you are a prostitute, a drug addict, a preacher, a bus driver or a housewife, God has a plan for your life and it is a wonderful plan.