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Cities Arise! Thank you Agape Center, Here’s Life Inner City & CRU

The agape center, a ministry of “here’s Life inner city” / cru (formally called campus crusade for christ) has been a tremendous help and blessing to us through the years…

I have been blessed to be one of the longest ministry partners of the Agape Center. I can remember attending a fund raiser for the Agape Center with Bill Bright in the early 1980’s. It was a privilege to meet him and I was honored that he sent me an autographed copy of his Holy Spirit Book when I graduated from Bible College.

Brother Austin Smith was the Director when we first began partnering with the Agape Center.  Rev. Milton Massie was the next Director and now Marc Henkle and Brad Harry  are co directors.  I can not list the many ways the Agape Center has helped us and empowered us to share the good news in the “City”.

Urban Ministry is very rewarding but it is also very difficult and challenging at times. You are surrounded by needs but in the natural you have very few resources. The Agape Center has had many programs that have empowered us to proclaim and demonstrate God’s love. My favorite is the “Boxes of Love” program. Every year for probably a couple decades they have provided us Thanksgiving Baskets to be used for evangelistic purposes. Hundreds of families have been helped. This year as the direct result of the Boxes of Love, we had over 20 visitors at church. I was interviewed on Christian TV with Milton Massie for the Box of Love Program  by Jerry Rose in the late 1980’s or early 90’s – a link to that video is – HERE .

The Agape Center has also provided many other resources such as Homeless Aid Kits, School Supplies, Easter Baskets etc. as well as multiple training’s and seminars. They inspired me to hold our own Evangelism Training this past year and we had 35 people come out to learn how to share their faith. This year they have also sent one of their interns, Toni Seller to help us with our outreach to the homeless… she has been a blessing…

I can remember while I was serving as Senior Pastor of New Life Baptist Church we would always look forward to having the “Summer in the City” College students help us for a week or two. It is great having reinforcements and this allowed us to run special programs and reach many children for Christ…

As I look back at the many years of help and blessing that we received from the Agape Center I want to mention that beyond all the programs the relationship with the staff has made such a difference in my life. Milton Massie and Marc Hinkle are close friends and their lives have been an inspiration to me. The other dedicated staff members have also been an encouragement and blessing. I want to encourage you to attend their annual fund raising banquet coming up on April 20 – you can sign get more info and make your registration on their website: HERE .

THE VIDEO ABOVE IS ENTITLED, “CITIES ARISE” AND IT SHARES HOW HERE’S LIFE INNER CITY IS MAKING AN IMPACT FOR THE KINGDOM AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED. THE VIDEO FEATURES JOHN PIPER AND TIM KELLER. I AM ALSO BLESSED TO BE INTERVIEWED SEVERAL TIMES.

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