One cold night not too long ago, I was walking on Mission Street. I was on a hurry, trying to get back home before 7pm.
It was a Thursday night and I was getting ready for the Bible Study.
And then I collided with two young men. Their attire suggested that they were gang members. I simply said sorry and tried to move on.
They kept cussing at me, clearly pissed off that I had disrespected their space. Not looking for trouble, I just kept walking.
I feel God is calling me to make new connections with gang members, hopefully ones more productive than the one just described.
The Thursday night Bible Study is not attracting new members, as the old connections were lost and the ones who attend have simply moved on.
New connections are needed in order to invite more people to the Bible study. But how do you go about doing this? I can't simply walk up to a gang member on the street, greet him or her and ask "can I be your friend?"
Clueless in how to proceed and trusting in God's providence and guidance, a team member and I have wandered the streets of the Mission District, wearing our prison ministry uniform, and hoping that by being simply available we can one day make a connection.
There is some fruits to our apparent aimless approach. We met one OG one afternoon. We are connecting with one program that works with the same population that we work with.
I'm pretty excited about the future of this ministry. I know that God is already opening doors and making new connections. He is already working behind the scenes.
God can bless our meager and feeble efforts. Sometimes we have to proceed to do His work, even if we are not sure how to do it.
Photo Credit: Patrick McCully.