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30
MAR
2009

The Inner City Calls


I recently spent eight days in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, spreading the gospel for Christ.  It is an area of the city that is less than one square mile in size, with approximately 30,000 residents.  The population density in 2000 was nearly 45,000 people per square mile.  It has a very large homeless population and is known for its diversity and very high crime.  Just in this month, March of 2009, there have been at least four shootings.

As I settled in for the week and hit the streets, God broke my heart for His people.  I longed for them to know Him.  Although they suffered in the flesh, I hoped that they could all see, perceive, hear, and understand the good news that God had for them.  Throughout the week, I struggled with many things that the enemy was trying to speak to me.  It ranged from the enemy trying to bring me down with struggles happening in my personal life, to him speaking to me that I had no place ministering to those in the city and that it wasn't what I was made for.

As the week went on, the struggles continued.  But satan suffered huge blows and suffering when fears of mine were broken and I was able to preach the gospel to hundreds of God's children.  Urban ministry isn't quite what I had expected.  What did I expect?  I couldn't really say for sure.  It was different, which I had expected.  Seeing as clear as day some of the extreme needs that people have such as housing and food was a constant reminder of who my real provider is.  If you simply walked down the street with a box of food, the interest of those around you would be piqued in no time at all; something as simple as food, which I take for granted every meal.

Will God call me long term to the inner city someday?  Sure, it's possible.  He certainly called me there for a week, why couldn't He call me there longer?  There's a reason I was on this trip (many, I'm sure).  In the Tenderloin, He did great works in my heart when I wasn't even realizing it.  I look at things a bit differently now.  I'm sure God will use this trip to change my heart well into the future.  But if it's one thing He's changed already, it's that I'm ready.  When He calls, I will answer.  No matter the cost.  No matter the discomfort.  No matter the difficulty.  I will follow Him wherever He leads - into the darkest city in the world, to the most uncomfortable bed, to the least amount of money.  Here am I!  Lord, send me.

"And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?"  Then I said, "Here am I!  Send me."  And he said, "Go, and say to this people…"  Isaiah 6:8-9