Los Angeles Mission Prayer Walk Restores Skid for Kingdom of God
With a loud cry of “Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord,” Elder Darin McAllister along with a dedicated team of volunteers, staff and student leaders; boldly spoke words of life above the intersection of San Pedro and 5you Street East in the heart of Skid Row
On Friday, June 17, Darin McAllister, Sr., vice president of Christian Ministries and Community Development for the Los Angeles Mission, and the Boots on the Ground group of volunteers, ministers and prayer warriors; prayed, encouraged, and gave hope to the men and women who live deep in the heart of Skid Row’s “Hot Zone,” declaring, “This will be a safe place and this corner will be a place of transformation.”
The group provided water bottles, hygiene kits and prayer for anyone who asked. “Most of the men you see here volunteering today have been in this position before,” McAllister said. For example, Gustavo (Gus) Torres and other student leaders who were once homeless, hopeless, and addicted to drugs have now transformed their lives through Mission programs to help others get back to where they once were. to where they are now.
“Everyone here at the mission has a powerful testimony of transformation, even our president and CEO, Pastor Troy Vaughn,” McAllister said. It is often said of Pastor Troy that he comes from being a resident of the President.
One young man whom McAllister and his team ministered to said, “I don’t know how to get out of this.” McAllister encouraged the young man and asked the group of about five men who were with him, “How many of you have been in his situation before?” All five boys who were with McAllister raised their hands. McAllister said to the young man, “See how clean these men are now? You can be clean too. We are here to help you,” McAllister continued.
This young man’s name is Del. So, everyone reading this article, now that you have the name of one person who could benefit from your prayers, please pray for Dell. “When you mention someone’s name, you’re not just randomly praying, you’re giving someone an identity when you call their name,” McAllister said.
He explained: “Well-meaning people often think, ‘I just need to get them off the street and things will be fine.'” While that’s a noble idea and should be the goal, the problem is much deeper than that.
“Homelessness is not just a social problem. It’s not just about housing – it’s a spiritual issue and it takes embracing and strengthening the whole person to transform people’s hearts, minds and spirits.”
McAllister went on to say, “People on the streets often connect with those on the streets here because of what they have in common – ‘I like crack, you like crack, he’s good with me, he won’t judge me, I’ll share mine with him, he will also share with me sometimes. In this area we have the opposite.
“From that point of view, in the Mission, when we get them into a program, now people will start to pick up on a different sense of community.” – “He loves God, I love God, I go to church, he goes to church, he supports me, I encourage him, she encourages me, girl, we’re going to make it together.” Now they can process, love, and have a sense of community, which is healthy for them,” McAllister said.
On Friday, July 8th, the Los Angeles Mission Ministry team will engage the Skid Row community through prayer, offering words of encouragement, hygiene kits, fellowship and the love of Christ. Volunteers with a heart for the homeless and who have the strength and energy to walk four to six blocks are invited to sign up to help as they put their boots on the ground to reclaim Skid Row for God’s kingdom.
Anyone wishing to volunteer must show proof of vaccination and pre-register via the QRC code on the leaflet or by visiting www.lamissions.org Volunteers will meet for a brief orientation at the newly renovated Holsinger Chapel at 8:30 a.m., where they will receive instructions before going out to bless the people of Skid Row.
Darrin McAllister is also an ordained minister and member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, led by Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles E. Blake, Sr., First Lady Mae L. Blake, Co-Pastor Charles E. Blake, II, and his wife , Lady Deandra Blake.
Watch the video of Elder Darrin and the LA Missions Boots on the Ground ministry in action at the June 17, 2022 Prayer Walk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfBKYW8Prkc
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