Author of The Cross and the Switchblade and founder of Teen Challenge David Wilkerson died yesterday in a car wreck.
When I was in Junior High, I was fascinated with the story of Wilkerson who responded to the voice of God by venturing into New York City’s roughest neighborhoods. That story has always reminded me that God’s work grows fastest when we follow him out of our comfort zones.
In 2006, one of the young men I pastored received addiction treatment from a Teen Challenge center. For 53 years, Wilkerson ministered to the toughest challenges with firm grace.