Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Boys are Back in Town NYC Outreach

(Above) Thomas Derrick (right) strands with a young man that we were able to minister and pray for at "The Cube" near Cooper Square and the ecclectic "Saint Mark's" area. He was on his way to "party" when we intercepted he, his girlfriend and another companion.
(Above) It seems that Satan always is willing to send his minions out to the streets to offer a substitute for the real thing (JESUS). Here a man holds a sign offering to cure "stress, emotional and physical pain." WE know that JESUS was the One who was, "wounded for our transgressions, bruised for iniquities, chastized for our peace and by HIS stripes we are healed." Too bad the "church" is too busy to hit the streets to tell the world the truth!

(Above) Pastor Alex Hill (left) stands with Thomas Derrick during our ministry in Union Square NYC.
(Above) Pastor Johnnie "T" of Amarillo ministers to a couple that had been involved in a local gang. Here is a message that Pastor Johnnie sent to me about this encounter:
"I met met Julcia. She was very sad, seemed displaced. I ministered to her for quite a while. Her husband Anthony was out and about, and when he saw me talking to her, he came up to me all roostered up like he wanted to put a whoop on me. I extended my hand and told him who I was and what I was doing and he felt a sigh of relief. The man sat down and started sobbing. He began sharing his life story with me. His first wife and kids had died. He was unemployed. While he was sharing his story, he took off this necklace. I asked him what it meant. The necklace represented what gang he belonged to. Anthony and Julcia got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit right there sitting on the park bench. I lead him in prayer and he renounced his affiliation with the gang. I told them what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28,29, “Come to Me, all you who labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls“. Just as the night before, I could see a physical change in the ones being ministered to. It was awesome to see the Holy Spirit at work, changing these lives. They both looked as if a load had been lifted off their backs."

(Above) There are many homeless on the streets of NYC. Here several sleep on the steps of a padlocked church building. This area is near 51st and 5th Ave---which is the home to many upscale hotels and million dollar Uptown apartments.
(Above) Pastor Troy with Eric, Phylise, and her daughter Chloe, after the Sunday service. Pastor Troy met them the day before outside of the Starbucks in the East Village and had the chance to pray and minister to them. He was so blessed when they accepted the invite to church the next day...and then they invited him to have cofee with them the next day before he was scheduled to fly back home.
(Above) Anothony LeBlanc AKA. The Bald Headed Jesus Freak, jams for the Lord Jesus in Union Sqaure (NYC) Thousands hang out in this park during the day--primed for harvest!
(Above) Some of the "Boys" gather outside of Abounding Grace Church following the Sunday morning service during the NYC outreach.
(Above L-R) Bobby Chance (Hollywood, CA), Pastor Alex Hill (Austin, TX), Thomas Derrick (New Olreans), and Don Eskine (New Orleans) get ready as we prepare to minister on the streets of New York City during "Boot Camp in the Big Apple!"

1 comment:

Igy said...

What a ministry trip it was!! Totally incredible!!
Thanks Pastor Troy for being an incredible leader to the body of Christ!
I encourage anyone who loves the Lord Jesus to go on one of these
outreaches with R.A.V.E.N.
It will change your life.
-Steve Ignowski