East Texans reflect on the life of Pastor David Wilkerson

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 12:46pm

Smith County DPS officials tell us  Highway 175 at the Anderson County line is where Pastor David Wilkerson crossed into the other lane for unknown reasons and hit a semi.

Wilkerson was killed, but he left behind a changed world.   Pastor Wilkerson worked with prostitutes and drug dealers in New York City and started Time Square Church there.

Later, he came back to Garden Valley Texas near Lindale where he started World Challenge and helped out several other ministries.  Many know Wilkerson by his best selling book 'The Cross and the Switchblade," which many say changed their lives.

Pastor Wilkerson's wife--Gwendolyn Wilkerson was also in the car.  She and the semi driver were both taken to hospitals and treated for injuries. 

Pastor Wilkerson wrote this in his online blog the day of his death:

"To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.

That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world."

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We can only rejoice with him, he has gone on to Glory where his reward and Savior receive him. He is home, and now it is up to those of us who are left here to finish the work we have been given to do.

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