Today, part of the Teen Challenge/ Street Team went out on a door-to-door outreach in Alexandria, near the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
We were sent out two by two with the direction to knock on each door in six-floor walk up multi-family dwellings located within quarter square-mile grid. We were told that in most of the area there was high unemployment, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, and depression.
After robust prayer, and in high spirits, we went out.
Most of the main doors to the high rises were open. So, we walked in, walked up and knocked. Some received us gladly, others not so much. We even had the opportunity to pray with a few.
Then, toward the end of our walk we came upon an apartment complex whose main door was locked and the only way in was to know the secret keypad code. Undaunted we prayed a very simple prayer, “Jesus, you can open any door. What’s a keypad lock to you?“
So, we rang a bell. Bell #1.
“Who is it?“ came the muffled voice from through the intercom.
We identified ourselves saying, “We came from New York to visit you.“ And then the door buzzed and we walked right through and into the door frame of apartment renter #1 whose name is James.
Who, though hesitant, let us pray for him. And then disclosed that his biggest problem was boredom.
We told him Jesus was the cure for boredom. That indeed He could take him from a listless place into a wonderful place of life and adventure. And that the adventure opportunity would be happening at a church near him on Tuesday.