From Gang Warfare to Ministry Outreach at the Liquor Store

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I pitched my easel to paint en plein air next to the liquor store. The scene in front of me was an auto parts store planted in a forest of telephone poles. A sleek, gold-colored sports car pulled up. An very attractive young black woman with skin two shades darker than her tinted windows got out. She walked up next to me and silently watched me paint. For several minutes, no words were exchanged as she looked on. I noticed even more how very attractive she was, but not in a glamorous way. She was poised and articulate. I reminded myself that I was a Christian with a beautiful wife and loving children at home.

Art, Adam and Salvation on Hollywood Blvd.

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I had other onlookers, but the ones for whom God had sent me to on that busy street were Art and Adam. Art was small wiry young man with a tough street-wise demeanor. Adam was a brown-skin young man with muscles bulging out of his sleeveless tee-shirt.
I skipped the small talk and, using the ‘Talent Search’ tract as a launching pad’, began talking to them about Jesus. Art was convinced that the two of them were lost and hopeless causes. Adam, though not as fatalistic about their plight, but could not see how he could possibly live a Godly life in such a wicked world.

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