On The Street Blog

Emotional Quicksand

We all have gifts and abilities, but with every gift and ability come areas of vulnerability and weakness. While it is easy for me to celebrate my gifts and demonstrate my abilities, accepting my vulnerabilities and acknowledging my weaknesses can be a little more difficult. However, as I've grown older and hopefully wiser, I am becoming more comfortable with dealing with the areas of my life that…

Quick Fixes

As I look back on my life, I can see that many times I would try to apply a quick fix to spiritual issues. I would always get excited by the latest book that would promise something along the lines of “40-Days to Purity”, or “6-Months to Freedom”, etc. Part of what excited me about books like these is that I was attracted to the promise of a quick fix in no time at all.  In 40-days I will never…

The Heartbeat

For many years while in ministry, I was focused on devoting all of my energy, all of my talents, and all of my gifts into creating a good work structure and sound policies and guidelines. But over the last 10 years, I have come to see that structure and policies are not enough for spiritual breakthrough. One day not too long ago, I was praying and reflecting on my desire to see more breakthroughs…

Swipe Right

Our culture is about fast and easy access. Our phones are the fastest they've ever been, our food is cheap and our transport is fast. I've always wondered if this way of thinking spills into other aspects of our lives? Does this affect the way we talk to people? How we think about life? Is that how we approach our relationships?

With respect to relationships, it seems that our high-paced…

What I Saw and Learned

"Some of these men were not who I thought they were."

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear (ESV)
1 John 4:18

Quite a few of my worldviews needed to be challenged when I came to Thailand. First, you can't bring assumptions into a ministry where you seek to be a witness to men who participate in the prostitution industry. Assumptions…

Being Available

We walked down to our usual spot where we stand to talk to men in the red-light district. After several men declined to talk to us, we met an excited middle aged man who jumped out of a taxi behind us. He proceeded to tell us about all his crazy adventures and history. I've never really met someone like him in real life, someone who had lived a wild and crazy life and did lots of crazy things, and…

Not A Typical Night

There are many sights and sounds that we encounter during nights of ministry in red-light districts that simply do not faze us. But every now and then something happens that we don't quite expect. We had one such night not too long ago. You see it was just a typical night where we were looking to engage men in conversation. The problem was that where we were standing there weren't too many men strolling…

Sidewalk Vulnerability

A while ago we went out to do ministry and on this particular night I was feeling a little nervous because it had been quite some time since I had been out. But that nervousness soon subsided as we began to talk to a few different men. After a conversation or two that didn't seem to really go anywhere, one man stopped and seemed interested in what we were doing. As we began to get to know each other…

Land of Canaan

I am sure that some of us have heard some version of the following saying:

"The Israelites were delivered from Egypt but Egypt was still in their hearts."

As we read in the Old Testament, we know that Canaan was set aside as His promised inheritance for the children of Israel. Canaan was a pretty awesome place as it was a land that was flowing with milk and honey and I'm…

A Most Damaging Lie

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have dinner with a man we met in one of Bangkok’s red-light districts a few years ago. We have been able to build a very good friendship with this man and this particular meeting was another night where we could enjoy good food and relevant conversation. As we sat down at our favorite restaurant we began to catch up on the last few weeks since we had last…