from Marty Angelo
will always remember like it was yesterday when David Wilkerson pointed me out in the audience
at one of his huge outreach rallies over 30 years ago in Ft. Lauderdale,
I had just become a Christian following a recent drug bust and was feeling
confused. It was
not so much about my new found faith but because I was
facing a very long prison sentence and was not quite sure of my future.
pointed right at me and said, "You there.... stand up." I
looked around wondering who he was talking to. He said,
"You... you with the brown jacket on. Stand up." I nervously
stood and asked, "Who Me?" He yelled out, "Yes... you
son." Wilkerson then proceeded to inform me, "God has a very special plan for your life."
thought he was crazy and could not comprehend what in the world he was talking
about. I asked myself, "Plan? What
kind of plan could God possibly have for me? I am probably going to prison for the rest of my life." That was until
a few years later and I was miraculously released from prison and eventually wound up
actually working with David Wilkerson at Teen
What a plan, Dave!
Who would have thought? Talk about coming full circle!!
You truly had a
tremendous impact on me and I am forever thankful for your inspiration. I will never forget when
I first learned one of
your most well-known
expressions: "Compassion without wisdom equals
pity." I still use it today.
really be missed, David.
Thank you so much for everything you did to help save and transform hundreds-of-thousands of drug
Rest in peace, brother.