Last Friday, around 6:15 PM, I huddled up with 5 adults and 10 teenagers. We were about to head out to do a service project with some old friends...
"Alright, guys, we're about to head downtown and do some street ministry with the Angels On Wheels. Before we leave, I want you to know that they might worship differently than we do and teach some different things than us, but we are not going to fight about those differences. Our purpose tonight is to work alongside other people who believe in Jesus, and help out those who are less fortunate."
When we met, everyone introduced themselves. Probably 5 different churches were represented that night. A brief period of worship ensued. Guitars came out, we sang songs like "Indescribable" and "I Am A Friend of God" and "I Am Free." We may not have swayed as much as they did, or clapped and jumped for joy, but our hearts connected because we were worshipping the same glorious God.
We divided into teams:
The first team went to 11th and Farnam, which is directly across the street from the Old Market. It was odd seeing the homeless folks RIGHT next to the very rich.
One of the Angels, Gayle, asked Dillon (a red-haired teen from my group) to go with her. They approached some very large and very gangsterly-dressed men, and proceeded to talk with them about Jesus.
Dillon claims that he was pretty scared at first until one of the guys said, "Alright, well I gotta go. I'm supposed to play Halo with some other guys..."
"You play Halo?" Dillon lit up.
Before you knew it, they had exchanged screen names, and prayed with each other, and Dillon was playing Halo for Jesus the other night...
Meanwhile, at the other location (24th and Leavenworth) the teens were scared out of their minds as they stood adjacent to a Liquor Store and a Go-Go Place.
Several stories came from there, but I'll tell just one...
Sharon Thomsen (Sam's mom) was helping set up a table with donuts, cookies, water and lemonade. A man stood watching for a bit and walked up to her.
"You giving away condoms?" he asked.
Surprised, Sharon gave the best answer possible, "Uhhh, no. Just giving away the gospel tonight!"
(She later found out there IS a group who goes down there to give out condoms.)
It's always a blessing to serve with Angels On Wheels. I wish more Christ-followers would gather together for a common purpose.