Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rest In Peace - Reverend David Wilkerson

Rev. David Wilkerson
May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011
Today, April 27, 2011 David Wilkerson went to be with Jesus. We are receiving many inquiries and wanted to confirm the fact that he has passed away in a fatal car accident. We appreciate your prayers and our hearts are sorrowful, yet we rejoice at the joy of knowing David Wilkerson spent his life well. —The Wilkerson Family 
Funeral Service: Texas - Monday, May 2
Memorial Service: New York - Saturday, May 14th
Information from David's Blog:
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011
by Gary Wilkerson 
“David served the purposes of God in his generation, then he died” (Acts 13:36). 
On Wednesday afternoon my father, David Wilkerson, passed away in a car accident. We grieve the loss of a beloved father, a faithful husband and a holy man of God. My mother, Gwen, his wife of 57 years, was in the car also, but we are told she will recover fully. 
Dad’s 60-plus years of ministry have impacted the lives of those closest to him and extended to millions around the world. Today we feel a personal loss, but at the same time we rejoice knowing Dad lived life to the fullest, obeying God with devotion and loving Jesus radically. 
He was known for his unlimited faith. He believed God could change the lives of gang members and transform the most desperate drug addicts. He believed that a dynamic church could be launched in the heart of Times Square, New York City. He believed he could be a man who loved his wife and children well. And he did. 
Dad was not one for fanfare, acclaim or ceremony. He turned down invitations to meet with world leaders yet would give everything he owned to support a poor orphan or a widow in distress. 
Like King David of old, Dad served God’s purposes in his generation. He preached with uncompromising passion and relentless grace. He wrote with amazing insight, clarity and conviction. He ran his race well and when his work was done, he was called home. 
I don’t think my father would have retired well. I don’t think he was one to sit in a rocking chair and reminisce about times past. I believe that Jesus, knowing this, graciously called him home. 
Dad’s last mission on earth was to be an advocate for the poorest of the poor—to provide relief and support for hungry children and widows and orphans. After founding Teen Challenge, World Challenge and Times Square Church, he sought to feed starving children in the most impoverished countries in the world. Today, Please Pass the Bread is saving the lives of thousands of children, through 56 outreaches in 8 countries. 
Like King David of old, after having served God’s purpose, he died. I know if my father were able to encourage you with his words today, he would invite you to give your all to Jesus, to love God deeply and to give yourself away to the needs of others. 
The works he began outlive him. We can all attest to his impacting us—not only in his preaching, writing and founding of world-changing ministries, but in his love, devotion, compassion and ability to stir our faith for greater works.
David Wilkerson wrote the following message. This message has touched my heart.

The Towers Have Fallen But We Missed the Message
by David Wilkerson | October 8, 2001

Additional commentary regarding "The Towers Have Fallen" message can be viewed HERE.

For a glimpse of Rev. David Wilkerson's true passion for Christ - watch the following video "A Call to Anguish". Credit - The WatchMen from Israel on the Wall.

"True joy comes out of anguish". ~Rev. David Wilkerson

Thank you David for your service to Our Lord and Savior - Jesus Christ.  My prayers are with your family and our nation.  God speed.

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